Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science

Japanese Professional Communication Certificate

Photo by Professor Adam Kern

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.

Four semesters of Japanese language courses (EA 103, 104, 203, 204). Students may test out of these prerequisites if they have 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.) please fill out this questionnaire in order to receive appropriate advising or guidance about placement into language classes at UW.

The certificate requires 12 credits of course work (beyond the prerequisites) in the following components:

1) E Asian 377 Business Japanese Communication (3 credits)

Required course to develop the foundation of students’ communication skills in a professional settings. Prerequisite: E Asian 204 

2) Upper level language courses (6 credits)

Choose from a variety of language courses from 5th semester Japanese and beyond to advance language skills.

3) Japanese literature or humanities course (3 credits)

Choose from a variety of courses to enhance students’ understanding of the culture, which we consider to be essential for becoming an effective communicator.

Please refer to certificate requirements in the Guide.

Studying Abroad
Students are encouraged to explore opportunities to use the language outside of the classroom, especially in internships or study abroad programs. Credits earned while on an approved UW-Madison program may count towards the major requirements. 

Declaring the Certificate
If you have questions about our programs and are exploring your options; or you are ready to declare a major or certificate please make an appointment to meet with Rachel Weiss, Undergraduate Advisor:

Rachel Weiss
Office: 1244 Van Hise Hall
Schedule: advising appointment!
Phone: (608) 890-0138

*This certificate program was made possible thanks to the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates.

Other Certificate Programs

Teaching Certificate in Japanese

This program is offered by the School of Education. Click here for more information.

Certificate in Technical Japanese

This certificate is available through the Engineering and Professional Development (EPD) program.

Contact: Professor James Davis
General Engineering Department
Phone: (608) 262-4810/2472