In order to equip researchers and educators with the broad range of knowledge, flexibility in approach, and the wealth of scholarly skills required to become future leaders on the international Japanese Studies stage, two required courses, entitled “Coursework”, one each respectively in English and Japanese, are offered in the first year. Although required in the first year, there is the further possibility of participating in these courses from the second year and beyond.


Research Guidance

 Mentoring will be jointly offered by both visiting scholars and Waseda faculty members, primarily in the area of Japanese literary studies but including other relevant fields. The latter will be based upon collaboration between the Global Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies course and the Japanese Language Japanese Literature courses within the Graduate School. Students enrolled in Global-J will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, joint workshops or other scholarly activities with students from the Japanese Language Japanese Literature course. Additionally, externally funded events in conjunction with Colombia University and UCLA will provide the opportunity for the bilingual dissemination of research.


Research Guidance Areas

Literary and critical theory, media studies, translation studies, world literature, history of writing systems and literacy, Japanese and comparative mythology, theater and performance studies.