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The Structure of the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies

Division of Area Studies

The underlying premise of this division is to treat “international culture” as divisible into four geographical and intellectual “spaces”: Asia, Europe, America and Islam. We aim at identifying the characteristics of the societies, regions and cultures associated with these spaces. Each Department is engaged in specific area studies necessary to achieve this objective; yet the purpose of the entire Division is to pursue comprehensive and organic research that emphasizes comparative aspects. For students an educational foundation is provided which enables them to acquire focused perspectives and methods in specific areas and cultures, while also gaining a more integrated understanding of the interrelationships between cultures and spaces.

Division of Intercultural Relations

The general objective of this division is to clarify the fundamental processes underlying and phenomena engendered by the variegated activities associated with cultural integration. We do this by systematically inter-relating the “soft elements” of culture (represented by the patterns of human thought, behavior, and cultural activity primarily manifested in language) with the “hard elements” of society (represented by international economic relations, cooperation in the development and utilization of technology, and resource development). For such purposes, the division is composed of diversified departments that deal with linguistics, economics, technology, and resources. Our wide-ranging curriculum provides students with a thorough understanding of international cooperation, from a variety of vectors.

Division of Language Studies

The Division focuses on developing talent who take an active part in the 21st century. Our vision is to create internationally-minded professionals who have full-fledged language facility, originality, creativity, and comprehensive perspectives concerning multi-lingual and multi-cultural societies.
In accord with these aims, the Division consists of five distinctive departments that, respectively, specialize in: (1) the generation of language, (2) language systems, (3) language use, (4) multi-lingual and multi-cultural societies, and (5) language education. The Division prides itself in providing educational programs that produce specialists in an array of international activities, as well as pioneers in new academic fields.

Research Center for Language, Brain and Cognition

International Graduate Program in Language Sciences

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