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Japanese Language & Culture

What is 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.

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

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Contact the program director, whose name and information appear at the top of this screen.

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.

Freshman 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.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Japanese Language & Culture

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

737 Old Chemistry
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0381
Phone: (513) 556-2747
Noriko Fujioka-ito
Noriko.Fujioka@uc.edu