The certificate in Japanese professional communication provides students with the opportunity to develop proficiency in Japanese while pursuing majors in other subjects across the university. It emphasizes the development of communication skills that are applicable to various professional contexts that students may encounter in their future careers.
The certificate is open to all undergraduate students (except for those majoring in Japanese). It is available to Special students only in circumstances where they have completed more than half of the 12-credit requirements discussed below as UW–Madison undergraduates in the semesters preceding their Special student enrollment.
STUDY ABROAD IN JAPAN
Students may receive residence credit for study abroad through a variety of different programs sponsored by the department. Please contact International Academic Programs for details.
Students may also receive credit, or gain experience, through various internship opportunities abroad. Please contact International Internship Programs for details.
PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN JAPANESE
If you are a student with prior experience in Japanese (e.g., self-taught, learned in elementary, middle or high school, or learned from family, relatives or friends, etc.), and seek advise about foreign language placement, or continuing with the language of your heritage please fill out this questionnaire in order to receive appropriate advising or guidance.
The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures requires that students with any prior knowledge of the languages taught in our department (e.g. Chinese, Japanese and Korean), and who plan to enroll in our language classes, take a placement test before enrolling in a language course. More information: https://alc.wisc.edu/languages/placement-tests
declaring the certificate
To declare the Certificate in Japanese Professional Communication, students should meet with the undergraduate advisor to review the requirements, and discuss courses. Students may declare the certificate at any point in their language study.
required prerequisite language courses
|ASIALANG 103||First Semester Japanese||4|
|ASIALANG 113||First Semester Elementary Japanese||2|
|ASIALANG 114||Second Semester Elementary Japanese||2|
|ASIALANG 104||Second Semester Japanese||4|
|ASIALANG 203||Third Semester Japanese||4|
|ASIALANG 204||Fourth Semester Japanese||4|
12 credits distributed as follows:
|ASIALANG/E P D 377||Business Japanese Communication||3|
|Advanced Japanese Language Courses||6|
|Fifth Semester Japanese|
|Sixth Semester Japanese|
|Advanced Readings in Japanese I|
|Seventh Semester Japanese|
|Eighth Semester Japanese|
|Advanced Readings in Japanese II|
|Advanced Japanese through Audio-Visual Media|
|Advanced Topics in Asian Translation (Japanese topics only)|
|Japanese Literature or Humanities Electives||3|
|Introduction to East Asian History: Japan|
|Japanese Popular Culture|
|Introduction to East Asian Civilizations|
|Topics in Asian Studies (Japanese studies topics only)|
|Lovers, Warriors and Monks: Survey of Japanese Literature|
|Early Modern Japanese Literature|
|Modern Japanese Literature|
|Language in Japanese Society|
|Love and Politics: The Tale of Genji|
|Topics in Japanese: Study Abroad|
|Topics in East Asian Visual Cultures (Japanese topics only)|
|Introduction to Japanese Linguistics|
|Samurai: History and Image|
|Pearl Harbor & Hiroshima: Japan, the US & The Crisis in Asia|
|Readings in Modern Japanese Literature|
|Readings in Classical Japanese Literature|
residence and quality of work
- A cumulative 2.000 GPA for courses approved for the certificate
- 6 credits counting toward the certificate, taken in residence
Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT
This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.
- Understand the content and cultural context of written texts and audiovisual materials with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of comprehension to different texts and purposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively.
- Spontaneously exchange ideas about various topics with relative ease.
- State and support one’s own opinion while acknowledging others’ viewpoints.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of pragmatic, sociolinguistic, and rhetorical features of the target language.
- Conduct library and/or internet-based research on topics relating to their particular interests and special fields of expertise, collecting and selecting relevant information using English and target language source materials.
- Synthesize and critically evaluate source materials in both English and the target language.
- Present (orally or in written language) their experiences and their introspection on these experiences in a coherent and effective manner.
- Demonstrate cultural awareness across historical epochs.
- Produce effective academic writing in English.
Rachel is the advisor for the undergraduate majors and certificates in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. She is happy to meet with students as they explore the degree options or advance through their four-year plans.
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTIONS ADVISING
The Language Institute provides academic and career advising to undergraduate students interested in languages and international area studies. The International Directions advisor provides academic and career advising to undergraduate students who are interested in languages and international area studies. Learn more.
L&S career resources
SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers). In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities, and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.
SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career.
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- Set up a career advising appointment
- INTER-LS 210 L&S Career Development: Taking Initiative (1 credit, targeted to first- and second-year students)—for more information, see Inter-LS 210: Career Development, Taking Initiative
- INTER-LS 215 Communicating About Careers (3 credits, fulfills Com B General Education Requirement)
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Charo D'Etcheverry, Associate Professor
Areas of Expertise: Classical Japanese literature (especially court fiction & its reception and early kabuki)
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Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
East Asian Studies FLAS Coordinator: Laurie Dennis, Assistant Director, email@example.com, 325 Ingraham Hall
FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW's National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. FLAS awards are only available for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training. Academic Year and Summer FLAS awards are two separate competitions requiring two separate and complete applications.
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