Graduate School of Literature

Academic Principles & Scheme

"With the rapid development of technology, informatics, and globalization of the world's cultures and economies, the challenges to the individual continue to grow. In such times, the School of Literature prepares students for a changing workplace through developing their abilities in research and analysis in addition to offering insight into life and the spiritual heritage of Aoyama Gakuin University."

Department of English and American Literature

Academic Excellence

We provide a rich and detailed curriculum in the areas of English and American literature, English language, English language education, and communication. Since we provide both daytime and evening courses, graduate students may take lectures that best match their schedules. Furthermore, students may transfer up to ten credits from other graduate schools that are members of the “Daigakuin Eibungaku Senko Kyogikai" (Graduate School Council of Departments of English and American Literature) in order to fulfill their completion requirements.

Department of French Literature and Language

Academic Excellence

A number of full-time instructors cover various areas of French literature, and we also provide a system for conducting academic research on the French language. In addition, there are courses taught by professors who are native speakers of the French language. The Department is an open academic forum for active intellectual communication between professors and students.

Department of Japanese Literature and Language

Academic Excellence

We cover a wide research area, including Japanese literature, Japanese language, Chinese literature, and Japanese language education. Detailed instruction is given based on the most up-to-date research in each field of study. Furthermore, in order to respond to demands for interdisciplinary or unconventional research, we have prepared a flexible educational/research program in which specialized faculty members can provide assistance that suits the research of each graduate student.

Department of History

Academic Excellence

The curriculum is unique in that it encompasses a wide range of areas of history. Many students who complete the first part of the doctoral course (master's course) become high school teachers, civil servants, and curators, or join publishing companies. Furthermore, more students are completing the second part of the doctoral course and earning doctorates after performing excellent research. We provide an open educational/research system for graduate students, who can participate in the “Aoyama Shigakukai" (Aoyama Academic Society for Historians) and submit research papers to the Shiyu and Aoyama Shigaku research journals.

Department of Comparative Arts

Academic Excellence

The Department of Comparative Arts offers an integrated postgraduate research programme surveying critical and creative work in fine art, music, performing and visual arts in both the East and West. Its cross-disciplinary approach covers many areas such as comparative research, classic academics, and arts appreciation.
An inquiry of wide-ranging areas in the arts will enable graduate students to conduct research on the works through the unique lens of other perspectives. In addition, the most fundamental aspects of human culture are explored through the comparison of different forms of creative and imaginative expressions of art.
We will encourage you to work independently as scholars in your specific field of investigation.