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Graduate School of Letters

The Graduate School of Letters asks one single question: what does it mean to be human now? This question is traditional because it has been asked again and again by innumerable people in long human history in and outside Japan. It is also new, however, now that human conditions are being changed so dramatically that we have to interrogate all the traditionally accepted answers in order to find a better one for each of inhabitants in global society. The Graduate School of Letters is always aware of the need of constant dialogues between tradition and innovation or localism and globalism.

The Graduate School of Letters consists of five majors: Philosophy, English Literature and English Linguistics, Cultural History, Japanese Literature, and Aesthetics and Art Theory. Each major has Master’s and Doctoral degree programs. Students of the Master’s degree program expand their understanding of the academic requirements of their special fields while Doctoral candidates aim to acquire highly advanced knowledge to pursue researches on their own. Our graduate program, placing an emphasis on international cooperation with foreign universities and researchers strives to cultivate talented individuals who can lead the next generation with their insightful understanding of language and culture that are generated from the constant interactions between tradition and innovation or localism and globalism. Behind varieties of our ever-changing academic activities at the Graduate School of Letters lies the same question: what does it mean to be human now?