Japanese Studies

Welcome to the Webtrack online advising and registration tutorial for japanese studies. Please watch the following videos to understand your graduation and japanese studies major requirements, and which placement tests to take.  After you have reviewed the videos, please complete a short Quiz to to be cleared for registration. Your registration time is noted on the Webtrack homepage.

Within the Core Curriculum, there is one area we need to review in more detail: CORE A2 Rhetoric and Composition

To complete the Core A2 Rhetoric and Composition requirement, we need to determine which rhetoric and composition course or courses you will be taking.  You will need to complete the Directed Self Placement (DSP) which is a self-assessment and takes between 1–2 hours to complete. First, make sure you have created a myUSF account. Then:

  • Log in to myUSF
  • On your main dashboard, click the square button that says "Canvas" OR the "Canvas Link" as shown below.



  • Click on "Dashboard" in Canvas, and you should see the Directed Self Placement. If you do not see the DSP, please email rhetoricandlanguage@usfca.edu with your 8 digit student ID number.

canvas dashboard

  • Follow the directions within the Directed Self Placement

When you complete the DSP, you'll be instructed to choose which Rhetoric course to register for. 

If you choose RHET 195, your core A2 requirement will be completed upon successful completion of this course. Please know that spaces in RHET 195 are limited. If you choose this course and cannot obtain a spot, please write to rhetoricandlanguage@usfca.edu for assistance. Please note that Spring 2023 is the LAST semester in which RHET 195 will count for A2 credit. Beginning Fall 2023, students who take RHET 195 composition courses must also take RHET 120 or another A2 course to fulfill the requirement.

If you choose RHET 110 or 110N, you must also complete RHET 120 (or other selected course options carrying A2 credit). RHET 120 fulfills your Core A2 requirement. Rhetoric 110N has a writing lab component that provides you with additional academic support, and you will earn six credits instead of four.

If you choose RHET 106, you must also complete RHET 110 or RHET 110N and RHET 120 (or other selected course options carrying A2 credit).  RHET 120 fulfills your Core A2 requirement. Rhetoric 110N has a writing lab component that provides you with additional academic support, and you will earn six credits instead of four. 

Transfer students: Many transfer students will take core A2 classes such as RHET 250 or 295, or a specialized writing course designed for certain majors. Some transfer students choose to start with RHET 110 or 110N.  Your writing requirement is fulfilled upon successful completion of any Core A2 class.

Japanese Studies Majors (Bachelor of Arts) must demonstrate 3rd semester language proficiency in a foreign language.

Please note: the three semesters of lower-division Japanese language courses (JAPN 101 First Semester Japanese, JAPN 102 Second Semester Japanese and JAPN 201 Third Semester Japanese) serve as  prerequisites but do not count toward the units necessary for the major.

If you want to take a placement test to determine your level of proficiency, here are the online tests we offer:


For French, German, Italian, Spanish, Spanish Heritage:TAKE THE ONLINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST   

Please make sure to Log In with your organization credential (usfca).

Please take these tests prior to registering for your classesPlan ahead! The results from the French, German, Italian, Spanish and Spanish Heritage placement take 2 weeks to record on your account.

Japanese Studies Major Requirements »

This video will explain which classes to register for:

As a japanese studies major you should take the following placement tests:

Directed Self Placement Course (to determine which rhetoric and composition course to take)

Foreign Language Placement Test (if you want to place into a higher class level, or place out of your language requirement)

Access the Placement Tests webpage to get more information and to take the tests.

Here are some additional informational videos we recommend you watch.  They will provide more information and help you with the registration process.