Cert - Japanese as a subject
Looking for a short-term study option? A certificate can help pave your way to future success, and is equivalent to the first year of study of a bachelor's degree. It's a great way to gain an introductory qualification in a field of study.
The study of Japanese at Waikato involves the acquisition of Japanese language and the study of the history and culture of Japan.
- Applied Computing
- Design Media
- Earth Sciences
- Education and Society
- English as a Second Language
- Environmental Planning
- Environmental Sciences
- Hospitality Management
- Human Development
- Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
- International Languages and Cultures
- Marketing and Communication
- Materials and Processing
- Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
- Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
- Māori Media and Communication
- Political Science
- Population Studies
- Public Policy
- Screen and Media Studies
- Social Policy
- Theatre Studies
- Treaty of Waitangi Studies/Akoranga Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Writing Studies
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- Hospitality Operator
- International Lawyer
- Tour Guide
- Translator or Interpreter
- Travel Agent
Papers available within Japanese
Prescriptions for the GradCert(Jap) and GradDip(Jap)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Japanese at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Jap), PGDip(Jap), BA(Hons) and MA
To complete a BA(Hons) in Japanese, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally JAPAN591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Japanese.
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in Japanese, a student should have completed either:
a) a BA with a major in International Languages and Cultures: Japanese pathway (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across the 300 level papers, or
b) a BA(Hons) in Japanese (or equivalent) and have gained at least second class honours (second division).
Completion requirements for the MA in Japanese vary depending on admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including JAPAN502 and either a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.
Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.
Note: There will be no new intake into all of these Graduate qualifications in 2022.
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Japanese is available as a specialisation within the International Languages and Cultures major for the BA, and as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, or as a minor in any other degree, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
The aim of the specialisation is to provide students with an element of linguistic and cultural competence that better equips them for the professional and personal challenges of a globalised environment; as well as to encourage the study of languages.
International Languages and Cultures major with a specialisation in Japanese
International Languages and Cultures is available as a major for the BA, and may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees. A major in International Languages and Cultures with a specialisation in Japanese requires a total of 135 points and students must complete JAPAN131, JAPAN231, JAPAN232, JAPAN331 and JAPAN332.
For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information.
Japanese in other majors
A minor, or specialisation in other majors requires 60 points above 100 level in Japanese, students must complete JAPAN231, JAPAN232 and JAPAN331. Within the BSc and BSc(Tech) a specialisation in Science International in Japanese is available.
The point of entry into the Japanese programme depends on previous experience. Students with little or no previous experience will start with JAPAN131. Students with 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Japanese, or good results in NCEA Level 2 Japanese should start from JAPAN231. Students who are uncertain about where to start should contact the Convenor of Japanese.
If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone:
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.