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Undergraduate Certificate Programs


Certificate in Japanese

The certificate is constructed for individuals who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in any field and desire to advance their Japanese learning. By developing individuals' knowledge and understanding for the Japanese language and culture, this certificate will prepare them for working in Japan or for Japanese companies, working as a foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State, or applying for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, etc. in the future.

A minimum 2.0 GPA is required. A grade of a C or higher must be attained in each course. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of South Florida. In case of study abroad programs, exceptions can be made.

To receive an application and for more information, contact Mako Nozu, Coordinator of the Certificate in Japanese, at mnozu@usf.edu.

For additional assistance you can also contact the Yury Riascos, Undergraduate Advisor, at LanguagesAdvise@usf.edu.

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The courses listed below meet the requirements for the certificate. Courses not listed below may be included in the program if approved by the Coordinator.

Certificate Requirements: 15-17 semester hours

Core Information
Students must complete the following two courses or their equivalents before applying to the certificate program.

Core Courses - 11 Hours

Elective Courses - 4-6 Hours
Students choose two (2) courses from the following list of electives:

  • FOL 2100 General Foreign Language I: Japanese Calligraphy
  • FOL 4102 General Foreign Language II: USF Japanese Study Program (Summer)
  • FOL 4102 General Foreign Language II: Japanese VI