Japanese has become an important language in engineering and in business. In all major industrial fields Japanese technology is regarded as world class. An increasing number of American companies are establishing technical operations in Japan. These companies need engineers who can read and communicate in both English and Japanese. To meet this need, the College of Engineering offers a sequence of courses leading to a Certificate in Technical Japanese Studies for Undergraduates. This option is recommended for students who seek a balance among comprehension of technical Japanese, the ability to use Japanese in daily life, and an understanding of Japanese culture.

In order to receive this certificate a student must complete a minimum of 27 credits. This certificate is available to all undergraduate students at UW–Madison, regardless of major. Students may not elect the pass/fail option for any course that is used to satisfy the requirements for this certificate. Students who receive this certificate develop conversational and written skills in colloquial Japanese, as well as reading and translation skills in technical Japanese. These skills are valued by employers when students apply for Japan-related jobs. The following courses are required:

Japanese Language Courses (12 credits)
E ASIAN 104 Second Semester Japanese 16
E ASIAN 203 Third Semester Japanese 26
Technical Japanese Courses (6 credits)
E P D/​E ASIAN  374 Intermediate Technical Japanese I3
E P D/​E ASIAN  375 Intermediate Technical Japanese II 33
Total Credits18

In order to enroll in E ASIAN 104 students must either:


The combination of E ASIAN 104 and E ASIAN 203 will give students a strong foundation for interacting with Japanese counterparts. E ASIAN 123, E ASIAN 124 and E ASIAN 203 are frequently offered during the summer. This makes it possible for students with heavy credit loads to begin or continue their study of Japanese during the summer.


The combination of E P D/​E ASIAN  374 and E P D/​E ASIAN  375 will give students experience reading Japanese essays on a range of scientific and technical topics—including computer science, physics, chemistry, and various fields of engineering. Students read and translate essays from all of these fields into English. In the process, students develop a strong technical vocabulary in Japanese and learn expressions that frequently appear in Japanese journal articles and technical reports.