The Asian Languages and Cultures department offers placement exams for students with prior language study or experience as a speaker of Japanese. For more information, see the department’s website.
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.
Students declared in the Japanese major are not eligible to declare the Japanese Professional Communication certificate.
Required Prerequisite Language Courses
|ASIALANG 103||First Semester Japanese||4|
& ASIALANG 114
| First Semester Elementary Japanese|
and Second Semester Elementary Japanese
|ASIALANG 104||Second Semester Japanese||4|
|ASIALANG 203||Third Semester Japanese||4|
|ASIALANG 204||Fourth Semester Japanese||4|
Requirements for the Certificate
15 credits distributed as follows:
|Business Language Course|
|ASIALANG 377||Business Japanese Communication||3|
|Advanced Japanese Language Courses||9|
|Fifth Semester Japanese|
|Advanced Readings in Japanese|
|Advanced Japanese through Audio-Visual Media|
|Japanese Literature or Humanities Electives||3|
|Introduction to East Asian History: Japan|
|Asia Enchanted: Ghosts, Gods, and Monsters|
|Japanese Popular Culture|
|Social Studies Topics in East Asian Studies|
|Introduction to East Asian Civilizations|
|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|
|Introduction to Japanese Linguistics|
|Samurai: History and Image|
|Pearl Harbor & Hiroshima: Japan, the US & The Crisis in Asia|
|Readings in Early Modern Japanese Literature|
|Readings in Modern Japanese Literature|
|Readings in Classical Japanese Literature|
|Introduction to the Anthropology of Japan|
|Arts of Japan|
|Japanese Ceramics and Allied Arts|
|Modern Japanese Fiction|
|Topics in Japanese Literature|
Residence and Quality of Work
- Minimum 2.000 GPA on all certificate courses
- At least 8 certificate credits must be completed 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.
- Explain in the target language their academic and professional experiences, and articulate their career objectives, both in writing and speaking.
- Manage basic everyday workplace (face-to-face, telephone, and email) communications in the target language (e.g., greeting, introducing oneself, making/changing appointments, making and receiving requests, obtaining permission, reporting, thanking, apologizing).
- With preparation, deliver a clear, concise, and connected presentation in the target language, with the effective use of visual images, on a subject they researched through online resources and/or interviews.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the significance of honorific and formulaic expressions and etiquette observed in the workplace within the target culture, which can be applied to their life-long learning.
- Demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives, which may influence business and other professional practices, and a disposition to approach unfamiliar contexts with an open mind.
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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, prepare for study abroad or advance through their four-year plans.
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Charo D'Etcheverry, Professor
Areas of Expertise: Classical Japanese literature (especially court fiction & its reception and early kabuki)
Students in the ALC department academic programs are encouraged to become engaged in undergraduate research. There are numerous programs that provide research opportunities for undergraduates at UW–Madison including:
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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