Introduction - Graduate Course in History

Features of the Course

The Graduate Course in History consists of the master’s course and the doctoral course; the master’s course is designed to teach methods of historical research more advanced than those taught in the undergraduate course, and the doctoral course is positioned to develop the greater professional expertise required to be a historic researcher/educator.

In this course, the three fields of history - Japanese, Oriental, and Western - are not separated, and graduate students of each major are engaged in research activities and education, stimulating one another beyond period and region.

We value steady and empirical methods of study based on the orthodox document-based research method. We also focus on motivating students to blaze new trails of historical science by seeking new materials and developing new ideas, academic areas, and research methods.

Graduate students, under the guidance of their advisors, have to aim to a higher level of research in their specialized field, but it could be a problem to specialize too much in a narrow field.

Historical science covers a broad range of subjects and the methodology evolves in many directions. Discussion with teachers and students with different expertise will certainly be a great source of stimulus. In the course, therefore, students are encouraged not to devote themselves to the narrow world of their specialty, but to actively promote exchanges with researchers in other fields.
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Graduate students not only attend the exercises of advisors in their field, but can also participate in other exercises and special studies to broaden their view. Students develop their fundamental research abilities through exercise classes where they read historical documents and make presentations. The goal of the special research class is, unlike the exercise class, to develop basic skills for using historical documents in order to discover the reality of a certain period or to obtain a new perspective or a new methodology.
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Research Environment

Graduate students have full access to all the books and documents in the research room of the Department of History. Like the other graduate courses at Gakushuin, we have exchanges with the graduate schools of Waseda University, Keio University, and Chuo University. We also actively incorporate in the curriculum lectures to develop the practical skills of curators and archivists, hosted by the National Institute of Japanese Literature.

We also actively engage in exchange programs with universities in Asia, such as Fudan University in China and Kyungpook National University in South Korea.
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