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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Japanese

Program Description

The study of Japanese is an excellent choice for students in the Bay Area since a considerable amount of business and trade occurs with Japan by California industries. The electronics and gaming industries are especially interested in employing persons who speak Japanese and are familiar with Japanese customs. It is an excellent major or minor for those who plan graduate work in business, electronics/gaming, or law.

Learn more about the program on the Japanese website.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to communicate with native speakers of Japanese, using the appropriate language, styles, sensitivity, and level of respectfulness in various situations.

The student will demonstrate knowledge of Japanese society, culture, and history, and will be able to analyze and discuss cultural differences and similarities.

Award Type(s)

AA = Associate in Arts Degree

Units Required

Major: 40

Online Courses for Japanese

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule for verification.

 NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency: Select one of the following
ENGL 1A Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading 5
ESLL 26 Advanced Composition & Reading 5
or equivalent    
Mathematics Proficiency:
College-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra

A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:

Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

Core courses (30 units)

Support courses (10 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses

JAPN 1 Elementary Japanese I 5
JAPN 2 Elementary Japanese II 5
JAPN 3 Elementary Japanese III 5
JAPN 4 Intermediate Japanese I 5
JAPN 5 Intermediate Japanese II 5
JAPN 6 Intermediate Japanese III 5

Note: For students who can demonstrate proficiency equivalent to one year of college Japanese, JAPN 1, JAPN 2 and JAPN 3 may be waived.  However, if you are waived out of JAPN 1, JAPN 2, JAPN 3 (15 units), you must take at least 15 units from the support courses to complete the minimum of 30 units in JAPN courses (15 units of core courses + 15 units of support courses).

Support Courses (10 units)

Select 10 units from the following:

JAPN 13A Intermediate Conversation I 4
JAPN 13B Intermediate Conversation II 4
JAPN 14A Advanced Conversation I 4
JAPN 14B Advanced Conversation II 4
Total Units
Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements,  please visit Japanese 2023-2024 Degree & Certificates.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.