Comparative Studies of Societies and Cultures

This major targets a multifaceted range of research subjects, including society, culture, language, and the arts. Whereas some areas of research focus on Japan, others focus on various other countries and regions around the world. While emphasizing the knowledge humanity has accumulated over the course of its long history, this major also turns an eye towards changes in modern culture and society. While fostering researchers who can play a leading role in academic research, the program also aims to cultivate people who can apply an advanced level of specialized knowledge and skills for the benefit of society. The Doctoral Program is broadly organized into the following four areas designed to deepen specialized knowledge while also fostering creative skills across the curriculum.


Japanese Studies in a Global Perspective

This course is aimed at cultivating people who can conduct advanced research on Japan in various areas of expertise. Goals are to cultivate students who can expand their interest in an interdisciplinary fashion, research Japanese studies as an integrated discipline with an international outlook, and communicate the results to the world.

Language, Literature, and Culture

This course conducts advanced research into literature, linguistics, and language education with a focus on countries in Asia and the West. In addition, students adopt a cross-regional research perspective while gaining the ability to disseminate their newly acquired knowledge from their research of literature and culture to international audiences.

Comparative Social Studies

This course works to foster people who can contribute to the creation of new approaches to liberal arts and humanities as demanded by modern society.  Building upon prior intellectual and historical models, the course promotes research and education by comparing the regions of the world through subjects ranging from philosophical thought and history to sports.

Arts and Representational Studies

This course analyzes and explores cultural representations and expressions from multifaceted, specialized, and cross-sectional perspectives, with a main focus on art, crafts, clothing, dance, and music. We expect students to develop representational art theory as a medium of human understanding and international cooperation.