Japanese Studies

Program Description

The certificate in Japanese Studies provides a multidisciplinary approach covering the philosophy, religion, art history, and literature of Japan as well as issues in history, politics, geography, sociology/anthropology, and international relations. The program is intended to enhance degree-seeking student's competitiveness upon graduation. This certificate is only available to degree-seeking students.

This certificate is not available for fully online degree seeking students.

Requirements (18 Credits)

A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses (C- is not acceptable).

  • 4 semesters of Japanese Language (up to 12 credits can apply toward certificate)
  • Two courses in Japanese or East Asia area studies (6 credits)
  • Students may receive credits through study abroad (JPN 3955 - Foreign Study: Japan) or internship programs.

Japanese Language Course Offerings

  • JPN 1130 Japanese I
  • JPN 1131 Japanese II
  • JPN 2200 Intermediate Japanese I
  • JPN 2201 Intermediate Japanese II
  • JPN 3000 Japanese Calligraphy
  • JPN 3140 Japanese for Business
  • JPN 3242 Intermediate Japanese Conversation
  • JPN 3243 Advanced Japanese Composition
  • JPN 3400 Advanced Japanese I
  • JPN 3401 Advanced Japanese II
  • JPN 3412 Advanced Japanese Conversation
  • JPN 3420 Japanese Through Technology

Placement examination

Placement examinations are given to students who have studied Japanese prior to coming to FIU. Please contact Naoko Komura (komuran@fiu.edu) for more details.

Study Abroad in Japan

The following universities offer semester and year exchange programs. Additionally, a six-week intensive language program is offered in Ritsumeikan University.

  • Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka
  • Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba
  • Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto

Japanese or East Asian area studies Course Offerings

All courses with the ASN-prefix are applicable

  • ARH 4552 Arts of China and Japan
  • ASH 3440 History of Japan
  • ASH 4300 East Asia Civilization
  • ASH 4384 History of Women in Asian Society
  • ASH 4451 Samurai, Shogun, Sumo and Shopkeepers: A Social and Cultural History of Edo Japan
  • CPO 4507 Comparative Political Economics of Asia
  • ECS 3200 Economics of Asia
  • INR 3223 Japan and the United States
  • INR 3224 International Relations of East Asia
  • JPN 3500 Japanese Culture and Society
  • REL 3308 Studies in World Religions
  • REL 3310 Introduction to Asian Religions
  • REL 3316 Healing in Asian Religions
  • SYD 4412 Cities in Asia
  • SYD 4451 Japanese Society in Global Perspective

For a complete list of available courses, see the Undergraduate Courses page. If you have any further questions about a particular course, please email asian@fiu.edu.