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 18 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 16
E ASIAN 203 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


This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

1. Acquire a fundamental understanding of modern Japanese grammar.

2. Acquire a basic vocabulary in scientific and technical fields in Japanese.

3. Be able to translate scientific or technical documents in his/her field from Japanese into English.