Graduate School of Humanities, Osaka University

Department

Division of Japanese Studies

Division of Japanese Studies

Five Divisions of Graduate School of Humanities

Overview of the Division of Japanese Studies

One of the largest divisions of Japanese studies in Japan
that covers both fundamental and applied research

The Division of Japanese Studies consists of the Department of Foundational Japanese Studies and the Department of Applied Japanese Studies, which are further divided into five majors and three majors, respectively. The division aims to develop individuals who can explore Japanese language, culture, society, history, and literature in depth by rigorously employing academic methodologies and, leveraging their expertise, actively address the current issues faced by Japan. Furthermore, the division aims to help students develop the ability to understand Japan from a global perspective through comparison and exchange and acquire the practical and application skills--based on a rich understanding of Japanese language and culture--that will allow them to succeed globally

Division of Japanese Studies Division of Japanese Studies

Department of Foundational Japanese Studies

 This department comprises the following five majors: Contemporary Japanese Studies, Japanese History, Archaeology, Japanese Literature and Japanese Historical Linguistics, and Foundational Japanese Linguistics. Students can gain an in-depth understanding of Japanese language, literature, history, and other areas while also mastering rigorous discipline-based academic research methods. A variety of courses are offered that cover a wide range of contemporary and interdisciplinary topics related to Japanese culture and society. The department suits those who wish to learn about Japan in depth while acquiring fundamental research skills. The department's classes are held at the Toyonaka Campus.

Department of Applied Japanese Studies

 This department comprises the following three majors: Comparative Japanese Studies, Applied Japanese Linguistics, and Japanese Language Education. The curriculum helps students learn about Japan in depth within a global context and develop the skills needed to connect Japan and the world by leveraging a rich understanding of Japanese language and culture. The department suits those who wish to learn about Japanese language, culture, and society in depth and acquire the practical and application skills needed to succeed globally. Although the department offers the Spring Enrollment Track (enrollment in April) and Fall Enrollment Track (enrollment in October; for international students only), students in both tracks can learn about the content described above. The department's classes are held at the OU Global Campus. This department is unique in that students from various parts of the world study together.

Degree Conferment

Department of Foundational Japanese Studies

  • Master of Arts, Doctor of Literature
  • Master of Philosophy,Doctor of Philosophy

The master/ doctoral degree appended with the term "Philosophy, Science(学術)" may be conferred,
when deemed appropriate by the President with the approval from a Faculty Meeting of the relevant graduate school.

Department of Applied Japanese Studies

  • Master of Arts in Japanese Studies,
    Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese Studies
  • Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy

The master/ doctoral degree appended with the term "Philosophy, Science(学術)" may be conferred,
when deemed appropriate by the President with the approval from a Faculty Meeting of the relevant graduate school.

Features of the Division of Japanese Studies

  1.  01. The Division of Japanese Studies offers Interdisciplinary Courses held in English, in addition to department-specific courses that cover fundamental and applied research, to meet the needs of students who wish to improve their research presentation skills. The division also offers opportunities for interdisciplinary learning by collaborating with the Graduate Program for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (Global Japanese Studies). Global Japanese Studiesopen_in_new
  2.  02. By conducting education and research in collaboration with the Global Japanese Studies Education and Research Incubator (GJS-ERI), which is a cross-campus organization, the Division of Japanese Studies provides graduate students with the opportunity to succeed globally across multiple fields. Global Japanese Studies Education and Research Incubator open_in_new
  3.  03. By holding various joint projects with the Consortium for Global Japanese Studies, which has more than 20 member education and research organizations, the Division of Japanese Studies offers graduate students a range of opportunities to meet people from diverse backgrounds and succeed in various fields. Consortium for Global Japanese Studiesopen_in_new

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