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Master of Arts in
JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Master of Arts:     English Language and Literature   Japanese Language and Literature   History   Socio-Cultural Studies   Philosophy   Human Sciences (Psychology and Education)
Doctor of Philosophy:     Humanities   Socio-Cultural Studies   Human Sciences (Psychology and Education)

   This program consists of three fields of study: (1) Japanese Linguistics, (2) Japanese Literature, and (3) Japanese Language Teaching. These subjects are studied not only to deepen the students' understanding of them, but also to consider the nature of language and literature in general. To consider what is Japanese Language or Japanese Literature, and how to teach them to foreigners, it may sometimes be necessary to see the object of research in relation to the languages and literature of the world. A wide variety of courses and leading faculty make it possible for students to attain their goals.

   The Master of Arts Program in Japanese Language and Literature provides advanced study of Japanese language and literature. These subjects are studied not only to deepen the students' understanding of them, but also to consider the nature of language and literature in general. To accomplish these ends, there should be an awareness that Japanese language and literature form a part of the languages and literature of the world and it may sometimes be necessary to see the object of research in relation to them. Language and literature are related to almost all human behavior and its environment so attention should be given to related areas of study such as social and natural sciences.

Recently there has been an increasing need for this Master of Arts program to accommodate the many students who have graduated from the department as well as foreign students interested in these areas of studies. The department makes an effort to meet the need by creating a pleasant environment for continued study.



FACULTY MEMBERS AND THEIR AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

FUKASAWA, Noriko (Professor):
   17th - 19th Century Japanese Literature (Haikai)
IWATA, Kazunari (Associate Professor):
   Japanese language education (focusing on the pedagogical grammar)
KAWATSU, Makoto (Professor):
   Study of modern Japanese literature (methods of reading).
KOYANAGI, Tomokazu (Associate Professor):
   History of the Japanese language (focusing on old Japanese).
OTSUKA, Miho (Professor):
   Study of modern Japanese literature and literary theory.


DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN LITERATURE
   A Doctor of Philosophy in Literature is offered for students who wish to pursue further research.