- Cultural organization research (covering the fields of philosophy, history, international relations, Western cultures, and sociology)
The goal of this program is to explore the underlying structures of contemporary societies and cultures while comprehensively using the methodologies of various disciplines, such as international research and community-oriented research. The educational portion of the program ensures that students are offered a good balance of specialization and interdisciplinary exposure and cultivates individuals who are equipped with both a breadth of perspective and depth of knowledge to facilitate their involvement in the international community.
This program has a wide range of specialized classes to accommodate the diversity of disciplines and ensures that students learn the diverse methods of research used in those disciplines. Also, it offers basic classes designed to teach presentation skills and advanced foreign-language skills. These are the Research Presentation Workshop and the Foreign-Language Presentation Workshop.
- Japan-Asia research (covering the fields of Japanese-language studies, Japanese literature, and East Asian cultures)
This program takes the standpoint of “Japan in the Asian context” and aims to comprehensively analyze the issues that this region faces based on the research fields of language, literature, ideas, geography, history, political science, society, and culture. By focusing on cross-cultural exchange, the program also aims to conduct research designed to promote a better understanding of the dynamics of the entire Asian cultural region.
It tries to cultivate students who will carefully examine the history underlying interactions in this region by promoting diverse research related to the entire Asian cultural region and have the ability to actively participate in the development of cultural exchange based on an understanding of their own and other countries.
The Asian Cultural Exchange Research Program enables students to accurately analyze and discuss materials related to individual cultures in the Asian region and the cultural exchange between them and to write a dissertation on their findings. The Japanese and Asian Classics Information Education Program aims to cultivate individuals who can read, interpret, manage, and introduce the classics in this region. Also, the Japanese-Language Education Program was established for Japanese students and international students who want to teach the Japanese language, working language teachers, etc., with the goal of cultivating Japanese-language instructors with an advanced understanding of Japanese culture and excellent Japanese-language skills.
- Cultural environment research (covering the fields of anthropology and geography, the information media environment, and art)
In addition to various theory-focused classes, this program offers practical classes to equip students with advanced and comprehensive cultural management skills and information media usage skills. These classes are taught by instructors with real-life experience in local communities and corporate environments.
The Community Cooperation Research Program, the Cultural Asset Preservation Education Program, and the Cultural Asset Education Program were established to cultivate individuals with advanced practical skills who have an in-depth understanding of cultural environments. Students who complete these programs will be awarded special certificates of completion by the graduate school.