Graduate School of Humanities

There are 11 majors in the Graduate School of Humanities, which are:Graduate Course in Philosophy, Graduate Course in Art History, Graduate Course in History, Graduate Course in Japanese Language and Literature, Graduate Course in English Language and Literature, Graduate Course in German Language and Literature, Graduate Course in French Language and Literature, Graduate Course in Clinical Psychology, Graduate Course in Clinical Psychology.Graduate Course in Archival Science, and Graduate Course in Cultural Studies on Corporeal and Visual Representation. Each are comprised of the first-half and second-half doctoral programs (first-half doctoral program only for the Graduate Course in Clinical Psychology).

Although this is a place for the pursuit of specialized learning that is more advanced based on departmental studies, the first-half doctoral program is wide-ranging and can be considered as an opportunity responding to various needs. Therefore, there are students for example who enroll with the aim of obtaining a specialized certificate of the high school teacher’s license. There certainly are cases where individuals choose to study here in order to obtain other types of certificates. Although not instituted yet, the archivist license is expected to become a certificate in the future that requires the completion of the first-half doctoral program. Additionally, it is a fact that at least the said program must be completed to become a curator. The clinical psychologist’s certificate is a qualification given only after completing this program as well. Furthermore, there certainly are many students who plan to take on challenges in the various career fields by obtaining a master’s degree.
The second-half doctoral program is for those striving to become academic researchers. Therefore, it is organized to have a lower enrollment limit compared with the first-half doctoral program. This program also, as a general rule, widely seeks individuals through the entrance examination. So far, there are cases where those who completed the first-half doctoral programs at other graduate schools enroll in ours, study for a designated period of time, and join universities and museums as experts or specialists. As it is obvious from the second-half doctoral program’s entrance examination that includes the evaluation of the master’s thesis, an individual’s research findings in his/her said program will be strictly considered.

Each major has staff who are leading researchers and educators in the respective fields. For more details, refer to the booklet titled “Simple Encyclopedia to Understand the Faculty of Letters” which includes the self-introductions of the faculty’s staff. Please also take a look at the respective departmental websites of the Faculty of Letters. You will understand that we have a good number of staff who have the skills to realize education and research guidance in a broad range.

The Graduate School of Humanities is especially blessed in terms of research guidance. An instructing committee is assigned to each student for guidance related to research and thesis preparation. Therefore, a structure exists that offers detailed mentorship for research and thesis preparation planning. In consideration of the reality where informatization continues to advance, there are many types of information equipments in the students’ laboratories such as microreaders and computers. Furthermore, we also offer a number of systems such as those covering travel costs for individuals to attend graduate student-sponsored conference presentations or others offering financial aid for researches for students in the second-half doctoral program.