From Zen and samurai to anime and video games, Japan boasts rich historical and contemporary cultural traditions. Japan has the world’s third largest economy and is a leader in the technology industry, and Japanese is considered a critical language by the National Security Education Program. A certificate in Japanese will open the door to Japan’s fascinating culture and its important position in the global arena.

About the Foreign Language Area Studies - Japanese Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Develop competencies and familiarity with the basic Japanese language
  • Gain knowledge of Japanese traditions, customs, history, and culture
  • Understand how to function appropriately and effectively in Japan

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Interview a fluent Japanese speaker about a topic and then present a spoken presentation
  • Visit a historical Japanese city and learn about its history, from the early origins to the present
  • Create a timeline and annotated bibliography in the class and write a sample press release on a current Japanese topic

Foreign Language Area Studies - Japanese Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Japanese Core Courses (6 credits)

  • JAPN 111
  • JAPN 112

Related Area Studies Courses (12 credits)

Choose from the following courses:

  • Any JAPN course(s) (3 Credits)
  • ANTH 417
  • ASTD 135
  • ASTD 284
  • ASTD 285
  • ASTD 301
  • Other courses related to Japanese Studies (3 Credits, ASTD)
  • GVPT 453
  • HIST 482
  • HIST 483
  • JAPN 333
  • HIST 316N

(Contact your academic advisor for additional approved courses)

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • All undergraduate certificate coursework must be completed within two years of enrolling in the first certificate course.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMGC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • You can pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate, but the application for any certificate completed while in progress toward the degree must be submitted before award of the degree.
  • You cannot use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate.
  • In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate can be earned through credit by examination, Prior Learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.
  • Certificates consisting primarily of upper-level coursework may assume prior study in that area. Check prerequisites for certificate courses.
  • Prerequisites for certificate courses can be satisfied by coursework, credit by examination, or Prior Learning portfolio credit.
  • At least half of the total credits for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses for an undergraduate certificate and B (3.0) in all courses for a graduate certificate.
  • Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.

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