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Graduate School of Humanities

Based on the University’s basic educational goals, the Graduate School of Humanities aims to train graduates to serve as highly capable researchers at educational and research institutions and professionals who will contribute to the progress of culture and society, both in Japan and worldwide, in accordance with its educational and research objectives of imparting advanced specialized knowledge and abilities in individual areas of specialization and cultivating interdisciplinary elements across related fields.

Diploma Policy

European and American Studies Major
The educational and research goals of the European and American Studies Major are to acquire academic research abilities and the knowledge and skills needed as highly specialized professionals in the domains of European and American language, literature, history, philosophy, arts, and comparative cultural studies in the Graduate Program (M.A. Section) and to train graduates equipped with high levels of scholarship and leadership abilities enabling them to act as specialists in these domains within institutes of higher learning and other organizations and contribute to relaying of and building upon culture in the Ph. D. Section.
 
Japanese Studies Major
The educational and research goals of the Japanese Studies Major are to teach academic research abilities and the knowledge and skills needed as highly specialized professionals in the domains of Japanese language, literature, history, philosophy, arts, folklore, performing arts, and East Asian cultural studies in the M.A. Section and to train graduates equipped with high levels of scholarship and leadership abilities enabling them to act as specialists in these domains within institutes of higher learning and other organizations and contribute to relaying of and building upon culture in the Ph. D. Section.
 
Sociology Major
The educational and research goals of the Sociology Major are to improve students’ academic research and studying abilities in the domains of sociological methodology, media studies, and cultural anthropology in the M.A. Section and to train graduates equipped with high levels of academic abilities and leadership abilities to contribute to social and cultural progress, enabling them to act as specialists in these domains within the research sections of institutes of higher learning, companies, and other organizations and contribute to identifying and solving various social issues, in the Ph. D. Section.
 
The Graduate Program (M.A. Section)
To successfully complete this program, in principle the student must earn the required course credits (30 course credits) while enrolled for at least two years (four terms), receive research guidance, and submit a Master’s thesis or research project on a special topic that earns a passing grade. Furthermore, students who have attained the talents suited to researchers and advanced professionals by acquiring the specialized knowledge and research and studying abilities identified as objectives of the three courses established in each of the majors in European and American Studies, Japanese Studies, and Sociology, are awarded a Master’s degree in the Humanities (European and American Studies, Japanese Studies) or a Master’s degree in Sociology. In addition, students with outstanding performance who satisfy certain requirements may complete this program in one year (two terms) through the early graduation program.
 
(1)  Researcher Course
  • Has mastered specialized knowledge and research and studying abilities in the humanities or sociology
  • Has acquired advanced practical language skills
  • Possesses the analytical abilities and inquisitive spirit needed to elucidate a self-selected theme from one’s specialized research domain
  •  Possesses expressive abilities in areas such as composition construction, written expression, and argument presentation to communicate research results
 
(2) Career Advancement Course
  • Has acquired the language abilities needed for employment as a specialized professional such as an instructor, curator, or specialized social researcher
  • Has acquired the specialized knowledge and practical techniques and the specialized research and analytical methods needed in each domain
  • Possesses the analytical abilities and desire to pursue knowledge needed for elucidation of a self-selected theme from one’s specialized research domain
  • Has the expressive ability needed to communicate one’s own views
 
(3) Lifelong Learning Course
  • Has acquired the language abilities needed for employment as a specialized professional
  • Has acquired the specialized knowledge needed for cultural exchange and contribution to society
  • Possesses a strong drive to pursue knowledge in each domain
  • Has the expressive ability needed to communicate his or her own views

The Graduate Program (Ph. D. Section)
In the Ph. D. Section, students employ the research and studying abilities, reading abilities for specialized literature, composition abilities, and expressive abilities built up through the Graduate Program (Ph.D. Section) to acquire the abilities and fundamental scholarship needed to be able to carry out advanced research activities independently in their specialized research domains. After completing at least three years (six terms) of this Program and receiving the designated research guidance, students submit doctoral theses, and those who earn passing grades on their theses and final exams are awarded a Doctoral degree in the Humanities (European and American Studies, Japanese Studies) or a Doctoral degree in Sociology.

Curriculum Policy

The Graduate Program (M.A. Section)
The M.A. Section consists of the three majors of European and American Studies, Japanese Studies, and Sociology. Each major offers a Researcher Course, a Career Advancement Course, and a Lifelong Learning Course, with a curriculum designed to impart advanced specialized knowledge, research and academic abilities, practical language abilities, and the composition and expressive abilities needed to present findings, in each of the fields of the humanities and sociology. A long-term study program is available for students who anticipate it may be difficult to complete the M.A. Section in two years, enabling them to complete it in three or four years instead.

  1. Under the guidance of their appointed faculty advisors, students take the classes required for completion of the program in research, theory, and literature research as well as practical seminars.
  2. A student must earn 30 course credits to complete the program, and at least 20 of these course credits must be from classes in the student’s own major. Of these, 16 course credits must be earned in subjects taught by or under the guidance of the faculty advisor.
  3. During the school year in which the student prepares his or her Master’s thesis or special-topic research project, he or she must earn course credits for a Research Guidance Seminar taught by the faculty advisor in the Researcher Course or a Specialized Seminar taught by the faculty advisor in the Career Advancement Course or the Lifelong Learning Course.
  4. A student submitting a Master’s thesis or a special-topic research project must undergo a review and final exam by a screening committee whose membership consists of, in principle, three or more faculty members.
  5. Research guidance is conducted based on the research guidance plan given to each student by his or her faculty advisor.
  6. To cultivate interdisciplinary scholarship, a student may, under the guidance of his or her faculty advisor, include in the number of course credits required for completion of the program, up to 10 course credits of cross-major classes in the Graduate School of Humanities, classes taken in other majors, other graduate schools, or while studying abroad, or classes offered by other graduate schools that have recognized exchange agreements with the Graduate School.

The Graduate Program (Ph. D. Section)
The Ph. D. Section consists of the three majors of European and American Studies, Japanese Studies, and Sociology. Each major offers a curriculum designed to impart the research and academic abilities needed to serve as professionals active in institutes of higher learning and to generate new knowledge by identifying research topics independently.
 
  1. Under the guidance of their appointed faculty advisors, students take special seminars.
  2. They earn 12 course credits and prepare a degree thesis. They also may, based on consultation with their faculty advisors, take classes from the The Graduate Program (Ph. D. Section) or other classes.
  3. Each student must prepare an annual research report for each school year until the time he or she submits a doctoral thesis. Research guidance during this program is conducted based on the research guidance plan given to each student by his or her faculty advisor.
  4. When submitting a degree thesis to earn a doctorate based on completion of the program, the student must submit it at least three months prior to the formal date of submittal and undergo a preliminary screening and guidance.
  5. After formally submitting a thesis, the student must undergo a review and final exam by a screening committee whose membership consists of, in principle, three or more professors.

Admissions Policy

-Types of students sought

The Graduate Program (M.A. Section)
The Graduate School seeks students who meet the basic prerequisites of understanding the Academy’s three founding principles and have attained general knowledge, specialized knowledge, abilities to read foreign-language literature, practical language abilities, theoretical analytical abilities, and other abilities for learning in the Graduate School in the research areas of the majors of their Bachelor’s degrees: language, literature, history, philosophy, arts, folklore, comparative cultural studies, sociological theory, sociological methodology, various domains of sociology, and related fields.
 
(1) European and American Studies Major
Those able to engage in theoretical and practical research in the fields of European and American cultural studies and comparative cultural studies, centered on the English-speaking, German-speaking, and French-speaking worlds. Those possessing specialized knowledge at the level of a Bachelor’s degree holder, with the logical-thinking abilities and practical language abilities needed to study various cultural phenomena from their own individual perspectives in addition to the ability to read foreign-language literature, centered on the English, German, or French language.
 
(2) Japanese Studies Major
Those highly interested in studying the cultures of Japan and other nations of East Asia, possessing basic knowledge, ability to read specialized literature, and practical language abilities needed to carry out academic research. Those also equipped with the ability to analyze materials related to their major fields while taking into consideration comparative research looking at Japan and East Asia, as well as logical-thinking and expressive abilities, and able to pursue research actively and independently on research themes based on topics they have identified themselves.
 
(3) Sociology Major
Those possessing the requisite basic knowledge, ability to read foreign-language literature, and practical language abilities together with specialized knowledge, theoretical analytical abilities, data analysis abilities, and sociological thinking abilities in the areas of sociology and media studies at a Bachelor’s degree level. Those also able to analyze various social and cultural phenomena from theoretical and empirical approaches and conduct research actively and independently on research themes based on topics they have identified themselves based on their own perspectives.
 
The Graduate Program (Ph. D. Section)
This program seeks students who possess high levels of specialized abilities in the various domains of the humanities and sociology, gained through the M.A. Section, along with abilities including those of reading foreign-language literature, practical language abilities, theoretical analytical abilities, and sociological thinking abilities, intending to carry out highly specialized research based on the spirit of independent and critical pursuit of knowledge in the fields of European and American culture centered on the English-speaking, German-speaking, and French-speaking worlds, comparative cultural studies, the cultures of Japan and East Asia, and theoretical and empirical sociology. Another basic prerequisite is the motivation to study in the program for at least three years (six terms), to undergo the designated research guidance, and to submit the degree thesis.
 
(1) European and American Studies Major
Those able to engage in theoretical and practical research in the fields of European and American cultural studies and comparative cultural studies, centered on the English-speaking, German-speaking, and French-speaking worlds. Those possessing highly specialized knowledge on cultural studies, logical-thinking abilities, and practical language abilities at the level of a Master’s degree holder, in addition to the ability to read foreign-language literature, centered on the English, German, or French language. Those who also are able to make progress actively and independently on systematically preparing a degree thesis on a research theme based on a topic they have identified themselves based on their own perspectives.
 
(2) Japanese Studies Major
Those highly interested in studying the cultures of Japan and other nations of East Asia, possessing the specialized knowledge, ability to read specialized literature, and practical language abilities of a student who has completed the M.A. Section. Those also equipped with strong abilities to analyze materials related to their major fields, as well as logical-thinking and expressive abilities, while taking into consideration comparative research looking at Japan and East Asia, and able to make progress systematically and independently on preparing an original degree thesis on a research theme chosen by themselves based on a topic they have identified themselves.
 
(3) Sociology Major
Those possessing the requisite general knowledge, ability to read foreign-language literature, and practical language abilities together with advanced specialized knowledge, theoretical analytical abilities, data analysis abilities, and sociological thinking abilities in the areas of sociology and media studies at a Master’s degree level. Those who also are able to make progress actively and independently on systematically preparing a degree thesis on a research theme they have identified themselves based on their own perspectives.
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