In the Department of Japanese, our goal is to look at the big picture from a historical, ideological and cultural perspective and study Japanese language, Japanese literature and Chinese literature. Specifically this means questioning how Japanese people look, think and express nature and humanity in order to explore the essence of Japanese culture. In today's global society, the education acquired from Japanese studies provides students with a strong spiritual base and a motivation to make their own paths and contribute to society.
To achieve the aforementioned goals, the Department of Japanese seeks students who embody the following.
- Students who possess basic scholastic ability (particularly in Japanese and social studies) and who have skills related to logical reasoning and writing.
- Students who have a strong interest in language, literature, history and society, and who are motivated to contribute to society by acquiring specialized knowledge in those fields of interest.
The Department of Japanese offers a curriculum that features specialized studies in Japanese language and literature, while taking on a systematic and in-depth approach that covers a broad range. Students use this path to give them direction, hone their intellectual training and also acquire a teacher's credential in Japanese. The department allows students to enhance their expertise in various fields, such as Japanese language studies, Japanese literature, Chinese literature, Japanese language educational studies, information and culture. And, the courses are arranged so that students complete a graded and systematic course of study over 4 years.
- There are general theory courses and basic seminars available for first and second year students, who first learn basic knowledge from a broad perspective and study practical research methods in a seminar format. The reading courses for second and third year students offer in-depth reading on individual pieces and authors, methods for advancing research and research topics, providing the latest findings from investigations in various specialties. In addition, in terms of history, students cultivate a historical perspective by gaining an understanding on historical development.
- Starting from their third year, students select a seminar offered by full-time faculty and receive instruction to hone their analytical and observation skills. In their fourth year, students begin work on their graduation thesis, which is a culmination of all that they have learned.
- Students receive instruction in seminars to hone their presentation skills, communication skills and clerical work to help them write their graduation theses.
- The goal of the “International communication seminar” is to help students learn how to communicate Japanese culture abroad and acquire a global perspective.
- Students study Japanese literature by completing introductory and core courses, and also develop contacts with other genres by taking related courses, thereby giving students a chance to become familiar with fields related to literary research.
- There are opportunities for students, such as the “Japanese cultural history seminar,” which does not just offer classroom instruction but gives students the chance to appreciate traditional performing arts outside of the school, conduct field investigations at places of literary interest, as well as to browse through classical documents at libraries and museums.
Students study based on a curriculum that features general courses and specialized courses in the department, and a bachelor degree is awarded to those students who fulfill the specified graduation requirements. Students engage in a broad range of studies that cover Japanese language, Japanese literature, Chinese literature and Japanese language educational studies. Students then conduct specialized studies in one of the fields, and acquire the following knowledge and skills by the time they graduate.
- Students possess specialized knowledge and understanding of Japanese cultural traditions and the current status with a focus on language and literary culture.
- Students possess skills and abilities to communicate abroad based on the aforementioned description in order to facilitate international communication. In addition, students possess practical skills and knowledge on Japanese language and Japanese language education when needed.
- Students are able to collect information, perform investigations, and conduct analysis and reviews on a chosen or given issue. They are also able to communicate and express the results of their observations through the appropriate means.