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The Department is one of the leading research/educational bases in Japan that covers all three areas of Japanese Literature, Linguistics and Language Education. In terms of time, we cover all literary periods from ancient times through the Heian, medieval, modern, and contemporary eras. In terms of literature, we study works from "Kojiki" all the way to Haruki Murakami (including Chinese literature which has a deep influence on Japanese literature). In terms of linguistics, which targets the Japanese language itself, we cover everything from ancient Japanese to popular terminology of contemporary times, and also provide courses on the field of language education, which involves teaching Japanese language to foreigners. Thus, the Department boasts a diverse faculty unseen at other universities. Starting from formative culture, which focuses on the relationship between literature and film, we provide attractive classes by taking innovative approaches. Centering on exercises, the curriculum is made so that students take the initiative in learning. We stimulate the intellectual curiosity of students by taking an approach that supersedes existing frameworks, such as by providing intensive courses on the latest research areas given by outside researchers who are pioneers in the areas, etc. Through language, we analyze the common truths about human existence through language and nurture perceptiveness that can be used when working in international society.
First Year to Fourth Year :
School-wide universal education system where experts in wide-ranging academic fields transcending the framework of colleges/schools and departments stimulate interest in learning and provide guidance.
English Reading (I), Oral English (I), English Composition
English Reading (II), Oral English (II)
Students can freely select from departmental subjects, Aoyama Standard Subjects, Foreign Language Elective Subjects (take at least minimum credits required), Universal Subjects in the College of Literature, subjects in other departments of the College of Literature, as well as subjects offered by other colleges.