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Japanese Language & Culture

Asia is gaining increasing economic and strategic prominence in the world, and Asian countries have rich and fascinating cultures and heritages. Asian studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the languages, cultures, economics, history, geography and politics of Asian countries. Students may also study abroad in Asia, pursue internships and apply for fellowships.

Students completing the certificate in Japanese language & culture will achieve advanced language proficiency, which is to say that they can handle linguistic challenges successfully and with ease.

Students will develop open-mindedness and an understanding of Japanese society and its culture.

Students will exercise critical thinking and analytical skills while integrating cultural activities and linguistic analysis into language study.


Quick Info

Program Code



2 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


Asian Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


620I Old Chemistry
PO Box 210375
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0375
Noriko Fujioka
Phone: 513-556-2747

Career Possibilities

American businesses, governmental and nongovernmental organizations are deeply involved in Asia, yet there are not enough American professionals who are knowledgeable about the region. A minor or certificate in Asian studies makes students highly sought in an increasingly global marketplace. In addition to being well-prepared for graduate school, graduates of the program have gone on to pursue careers such as:  


  • Teaching in Japan or other Asian country
  • Working with U.S. firms interested in Japan
  • Research and analysis

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Japanese Language & Culture Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Japanese Language & Culture Certificate Requirements
    • AIST2082, Introduction to Japanese Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • JAPN2001, Second-year Japanese 1, DC, HU, 5
    • JAPN2002, Second-year Japanese 2, DC, HU, 5
    • JAPN3001, Third-year Japanese 1, DC, HU, 3
    • JAPN3002, Third-year Japanese 2, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One Elective course from group below, 3
    • AIST2083, Introduction to East Asian Films, DC, HU, 3
    • ARTH1040, Survey of East Asian art, DC, HP, 3
    • ARTH2071, Survey of Japanese Art, 3
    • ARTH3042, Early Modern Japanese Art, 3
    • ARTH6050, History of Japanese Prints, 1670-1970 , 3
    • HIST2011, History of Japan, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST4084, Modern Japan, 3
    • JAPN3051, Topics in Japanese Literature I, 3
    • JAPN3052, Topics in Japanese Literature II, 3
    • JAPN4001, Fourth-year Japanese 1, 3
    • JAPN4002, Fourth-year Japanese 2, 3
    • JAPN4005, Topics in Japanese Culture and Society, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.


Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


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