The Graduate School of Letters offers two majors and fourteen courses to promote diverse education and research activities.
Students will reflect on “What is a human being?,” a question first raised around 2600 years ago, under the guidance of faculty members specializing in a range of philosophy, including ancient Greek philosophy, ethics, social philosophy, phenomenology, and contemporary French thought.
From multiple perspectives, consideration is given to the roles of education in human development, with a focus on people's minds, especially surprise and compassion towards a human life, different stages of life that include birth, growth, maturity, meetings and partings, aging, and death.
This course explores the characteristics of Japanese culture by looking at the development of Japanese literature and language over a long period of history. Imaginative literary works move our hearts beyond time. Students are expected to conduct advanced research from a new perspective.
Chinese Literature and Thought
This course provides a high level of knowledge of Chinese literature and thought , nurtured by a long and multifaceted history, and which has significant influences on the development of East Asian cultures. Based on this knowledge, students will conduct research on matters of particular interest from a fresh perspective.
English and American Literature
Under the guidance of instructors with expertise in the English and American literary traditions, students will study a variety of literary works in English. This course fosters broadly applicable skills in analysis and the English language, and graduating students could pursue various careers requiring advanced English skills, including academic careers.
Faculty members specializing in Japanese history, from ancient times to the present day, provide fresh approaches to history, following Riteumeikan's well-established and unique method of unearthing the past.. The course boasts an extensive and active network of alumni and alumnae currently working as educators and curators.
East Asian History
This course traces the history of the East Asian world, centering on China. Reading historical sources helps us understand the origin of the dynamism observed in the East Asian region in recent years.
European and American History
Faculty members specializing in various fields of European and American history, from ancient times to the present day, covering political, cultural and social history, work together, beyond the boundaries of disciplines, to help students promote their research in more depth.
Modern East Asian Languages and Cultures
This curriculum, focusing on the language, contemporary culture and modern history of China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong) and the Korean Peninsula, is designed to produce global-minded East Asians with practical Chinese/Korean communication skills.
Language,Culture and Area Studies of English Speaking Countries
This course is designed for students to enhance their specialized knowledge and skills and develop an interdisciplinary way of thinking by promoting interdisciplinary research, covering areas such as English language studies, history, culture and literature of the US and other English-speaking countries. The ultimate goal of the course is to develop a high level of English proficiency which is sufficient to play an active role on global stage, through research activities.
Cultural Dynamics Studies
This course explores cultural dynamics accruing to different periods, regions and societies from the intersection of human activities. The approach featuring this course is distinguished in its interdisciplinary characteristics, covering such fields as comparative literature, linguistics, dramatic theory, history, art history, modern art criticism, philosophy, sociology, and cultural anthropology.
Social geography on the marginalized people in Malaysia and Taiwan; Geography of tourism in Asia
Digital Humanities for Arts and Cultures
This course aims to foster professionals and researchers with a high level of curatorial capabilities. Graduate students are expected to develop the ability to employ digital technologies in studying humanities, which dramatically improve efficiency in research on Japanese culture, art and cultural heritages, both traditional and contemporary.
Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
Students will study archaeology, a discipline that traces stages of human history through the analysis of material remains of societies from ancient to modern , and will also learn about the preservation and utilization of cultural heritage (archaeological sites and remains in particular). Attention is mainly focused on the archaeology and cultural heritage of the Japanese archipelago, but students will also build a broad knowledge of such aspects of regions other than Japan.