The Graduate School of Humanities consists of three departments: English and American Literature, Sociology, and Psychology. In the rapidly changing world, exposed to the effects of globalization and technological innovation, the challenge for the humanities is to explore the changing nature of humanity in relation to culture, society, and mind.
The mission of the Graduate School of Humanities is to attend to the academic task of explicating the nature of the humanities. We welcome students from around the world and encourage each one to pose questions and make use of the Graduate School of Humanities as a site for pushing the boundaries of knowledge.

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English and American Literature

Students can pursue degrees in a number of areas including English Literature, American Literature, English Language teaching, Linguistics, Communication Theory, and Cultural Studies. While acquiring expertise in their areas, students endeavor to seek ways to apply their knowledge. Students are encouraged to present their research projects at conferences in Japan and abroad. For those students with Teacher Certification, the Advanced Teacher Certification can be obtained.

■ Features

  1. Learning practical teaching techniques
  2. Choosing research topics from diverse areas
  3. Acquiring skill and understanding to conduct research


Students can select from two programs, Sociology and Social Work. Through their coursework, students gain an understanding of multiple facets of human beings in social settings. By selecting from a diverse range of topics, students acquire the research tools to empirically explicate timely social issues. Students can obtain Specialized Social Researcher certification.

■ Features

  1. Researching either Social Theory or Social Practice
  2. Conducting research with input from multiple advisors
  3. Selecting from a broad range of courses


Students apply to one of two programs, General Psychology or Clinical Psychology. In the Program in General Psychology, students focus on psychology of learning, psychology of perception, neuropsychology, life-span developmental psychology, and social psychology, selecting from a broad range of topics to conduct research. In the Program in Clinical Psychology, students, through courses and practicums, obtain the qualification for an examination of the First Class License of Clinical Psychologist.

■ Features

  1. Selecting from specialized courses offered in both Programs
  2. Supporting student research through multiple facilities
  3. Providing numerous sites for clinical practice (Program in Clinical Psychology)

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