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Japanese Minor & Certificate

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The Minor and Intermediate Proficiency Certificate in Japanese at Drexel both develop language competence and cultural sensitivity. Our Japanese program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning and provides students with access to a world of opportunities, including international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Japanese has over 130 million speakers, mostly residing in Japan, and in other countries including the United States, Korea and the Philippines. Japanese is widely spoken in Brazil. According to a Congressional Research Report, the US and Japan are two of the largest economic powers which account for over 30% of the world domestic product. This makes learning Japanese a wise investment for anyone who wants to pursue a profession in global markets, business relations and digital technology and development.

International Standing: Japan has the third-largest economy in the world.


Study abroad and international co-ops are integral to the Modern Languages program, and will no doubt be the highlight of your education. There is no better way to learn a foreign language, get a sense of your place in the globalized economy, discover other cultures and broaden your perspective on American life and culture, than to go abroad. Japanese language options include:

Study Abroad:

International Co-op:

Begin your journey at Drexel’s Study Abroad office and/or the Steinbright Career Development Center (international co-op).


Fluent understanding of a foreign language is a benefit to individuals in a wide variety of professional fields. For language students considering employment with a Japanese minor, opportunities can include: working in the United Nations, US Embassies and Consulates, becoming a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State, working in currency and stock trading, international business, or digital technology and development.

Learn more about the minor in the Course Catalog
Learn more about the certificate in the course catalog

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!