Japanese courses develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using the direct method. Grammar points are explained in English. The student is provided an opportunity to practice conversation with native speakers to further improve oral skills. Selected topics are presented to enhance awareness and understanding of Japanese culture.

Students with significant course credit in Japanese from high school or college will not be allowed to enroll in JAPN 2101 Japanese 1. Students with more advanced knowledge must take the online LMU Japanese Placement Exam. To know when and how a student should take a language placement exam in Japanese, please refer to the guidelines provided under Modern Languages and Literatures.