Courses in Japan

Academic Program

Green River College tuition is not included in the program fee.

This is a study program. Students must carry a 15-credit load and are expected to fully participate in all class activities. The courses offered are specially chosen to give participants interesting, valuable and relevant instruction that exposes students to the cultural, history, fauna and geological differences that are unique to Japan.

Course Descriptions

Creative Writing

5 English Credits 

A discussion and application of the principles and techniques used in writing fiction and poetry.  Development of analytical skills to enhance the writing of fiction and poetry.  Includes readings of sample fiction and poetry. This class will be taught on-line by a Green River College faculty member.

Digital Photography (Photo 111, 112 or 113)

5 Fine Arts Credits

Introduces the aesthetic and technical theories and techniques of digital photography. Through classroom instruction and fieldtrips to exciting Tokyo neighborhoods such as Harajuku, Akihabara, Shinjuku and Tsukiji fish market, you will learn about camera and lens operation, memory cards, file formats, exposure, white balance, composition, lighting, creativity and image editing software. You will also visit various Tokyo photography museums and galleries. The course requires a digital camera and laptop computer. Students who have already taken beginning digital photography may take the intermediate or advanced course instead.

Peoples of the World-Japanese Language and Culture 

5 Humanities Credits 

Offers an introduction to Japanese society and culture by examining its history, people and traditions. You will engage in critical discussions about the differences between American and Japanese cultures. This course facilitates student orientation to Japan and will provide essential conversational Japanese language skills needed to communicate in basic daily life. Cultural and language activities may include welcome, Halloween, and sayonara parties, a game night, field trips to shrines, temples, museums, pop culture centers and neighborhoods, a school festival, sports festival, food, movies, music and daily interaction with your Japanese student campus attendant friends.

The courses are specially chosen to give interesting, valuable and relevant instruction that exposes students to the cultural, history, fauna and geological differences that are unique to Japan.


Meet the faculty.

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Patrick Navin

Green River College Faculty - Fine Arts Division

Patrick Navin currently teaches digital photography at Green River Community College. He has his B.A. in Communication and the Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and his M.A. and M.F.A. in Photography from the University of Iowa. He has also studied at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, the Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Workshop in Carmel, CA, and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Sante Fe, NM. At Green River Community College he has taught Beginning through Advanced digital photography, black and white film and studio lighting classes. He also has served as the Director of The Helen S. Smith Art Gallery and the Chair of the Fine Arts Division. Previous experience includes teaching art history and leading photographic travel workshops. His personal photography has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally.

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