Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Asian Studies B.A. - K-12 Japanese Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: World Languages (grades K-12)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Candelaria 0190

Email: HSS@unco.edu

Website: www.unco.edu/hss/world-languages-cultures

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of four parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits
  4. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

The program in Asian Studies prepares individuals who have a broad understanding of Asia as a region, and in-depth understanding of a particular region of Asia through the study of the languages, history, literatures, arts, and cultures of Asia. The Japanese K-12 Teaching Emphasis program builds competency in language, culture, literature, and history through a range of interdisciplinary courses. Upon completion of this course of study, students will have a highly individualized but broad familiarity with the region, and will also understand the history and culture of Asia, and how this history and the various Asian cultures affect its current dynamics. Students will also have linguistic competency in Japanese, and be able to teach Japanese and Japanese culture to students.

The program fosters knowledge and study of international, specifically Asian, issues, as well as national and local diversity by inclusion of courses on the Asian Diaspora. Courses in Asian civilizations, literature, and history train students in Asian culture, and develop their cultural competence. Because the program encourages study abroad to one of UNC’s direct exchange partner institutions in Asian countries, this program prepares student to work effectively with diverse populations.

The program’s extracurricular activities encourage cultural consciousness and communication skills while developing leadership, organizational, and professional abilities. Participation is optional. Activities include language immersion weekend, regular Japanese Language Club meetings, World Language Day, and Lunar New Year Celebration.

Program Admission Requirement:

  • Students must be in good academic standing
  • Advising and advisor’s signature are required each semester before registration

Program Requirements:

  • Students must achieve a rating of Intermediate-high in Japanese demonstrated through an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements. Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program.

PTEP Program Requirements:

Teacher candidates who complete an approved content degree and the UNC professional teacher education program, as well as pass the appropriate Colorado Department of Education designated PRAXIS exam (if applicable), will be eligible for recommendation from UNC for a Colorado Department of Education teaching license.

If you are seeking licensure in your program area, the following items are required to complete your program.

  • Completion of Application for Initial Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Full Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Application for Student Teaching
  • Completion of content specific PRAXIS test prior to Student Teaching
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Please work with your content advisor to determine when these requirements will be completed throughout your program.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 33 required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

JAPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I (3 credits) and CHIN 216 Masterpieces in Chinese Literature are recommended to fulfill both the Arts & Humanities and International Studies requirements and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

HIST 113 Asian Civilizations II: From 1500 to the Present is recommended to fulfill the LAC History requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

ASIA 116 State, Society and Culture in Contemporary Asia is recommended to fulfill both the LAC Social & Behavioral Sciences and International Studies requirements and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 33 credits

Take all of the following courses:

CHIN 216Masterpieces in Chinese LiteratureLAA2LAIS


HIST 113Asian Civilizations II: From 1500 to the PresentLAH1


HIST 311History of Japan


JAPN 116Contemporary Japan



ASIA 116State, Society, and Culture in Contemporary AsiaLAB3LAIS


JAPN 201Intermediate Japanese ILAA4LAIS


JAPN 202Intermediate Japanese IILAA4LAIS


JAPN 301Japan and the Japanese I


JAPN 422Directed Studies

1- 4

JAPN 450Japanese Literature


JAPN 422: Take 3 credits

Choose 6 credits from the following courses:

FL 296Study Abroad Experience


FL 395Special Topics

1- 4

JAPN 302Japan and the Japanese II


JAPN 407Japanese for Oral Proficiency


JAPN 450Japanese Literature


FL 296 and FL 395 must focus on Japan or be taught in Japanese, and may be taken for credit only when approved by the Japanese faculty advisor.

JAPN 407 and JAPN 450 are repeatable up to 9 credits.

3. Required PTEP — 38 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 170Introduction to Field Based Experience

1- 3

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


EDFE 170: Take 2 credits

Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 270Field Based Experience


EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner


PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers



PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Phase III (11 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 370Advanced Field Based Experience

1- 3

EDRD 340Academic Language/Literacy Development in the Content Areas at the Secondary Level


FL 441Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages in K-12


TESL 350Second Language Acquisition


EDFE 370: Take 2 credits

EDRD 340: maybe taken outside of Phase III

Phase IV (14 credits)

EDFE 444Supervised Student Teaching


4. University Wide Credits —18 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, it would typically be 18 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.

A 2.5 grade point average is required before students may see approval for full admission to the Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program and to be recommended for teacher licensure.

In order to obtain approval for a student teaching assignment, a Japanese K-12 teaching major must have obtained a grade of (3.0) or better in FL 441 and have successfully passed the ACTFL OPI oral proficiency exam. (Consult advisor).

Teaching Skills are developed through advising and consultation with program faculty, through FL 441 and JAPN 422, and through the courses in the Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP).

In order to be recommend for a teacher licensure, a 2.5 grade point average is required at the completion of the program in those courses that count towards the major and that were taken at UNC.