Japanese Certificate

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The following are guidelines guidelines for students and advisors as approved by the Center of Asian Studies.

NOTE: For the most current listing of courses, please contact the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations.

To enter the certificate, the student:

  • must be an undergraduate degree student enrolled in the College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • be on good standing with a 2.75 GPA or higher
  • submit an “addition of certificate program” adding the certificate
    (forms may be obtained from the director of international programs in the Engineering Dean’s Office)

Japanese Requirements (16-23 hours)

     Language Courses (3 courses/9-15 hours)

  • Three college level ( 9-15 hours) of Japanese language courses taken at a level commensurate with the student’s ability.
  • Placement in language courses will be determined by the undergraduate advisor for Japanese based on placement testing, personal interview and/or examination of transcripts. For example, a beginning student with no Japanese language instruction might take JPNS 1010, 1020, 2110 ( 15 credit hours) but a student with several years of high school Japanese might take JPNS 2120,3110, 3120( 15 credit hours)
  • Courses that repeat a student’s prior knowledge of Japanese will not apply to this certificate

     Japanese Literature/Culture (7-8 hours)

  • Students should take JPNS 1012 Intro to Japanese Civilization, plus one additional course in Japanese literature or culture. The latter may include courses taught in English.
    Note: The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations is undergoing a curriculum revision process, which means students may need to substitute courses. Contact the department for more information.
  • Study Abroad: Japanese credits earned at a CU approved program in Japan can be accepted as Japanese courses for language or culture credit or 6 credits of AP credit may be applied for the certificate requirements. For more information, please visit the CU Study Abroad Programs Office.
  • Transfer Credit: No more than 9 hours of transfer credit or 6 credits of AP credit may be applied to the certificate requirements.
  • Students who have completed JPNS 2120 with a grade of B- or better may take the GEEN 3930 Internship course.

Certificate Advising

  • In Engineering: Karey Sabol, 303-492-9571
  • In Japanese: Please contact East Asian Languages & Civilizations (HUMN 240)

Upon Completion of Requirements

Students should contact the Director of International Programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Karey Sabol, to verify completion of all requirements for the Certificate. Once complete, verification will be sent to the Registrar’s Office for inclusion on the official transcript.

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