Graduate School of International Culture and Communication StudiesWaseda University

About the School

Program Outline

Outline of Master's Program

The course of study at GSICCS is divided into three Study Plans:Language & Communication; Culture and Communication; and Society & Communication.

As regards the organization of the curriculum, Basic Courses are shared by all three Study Plans. These are accompanied by Specialized Courses specific to each Study Plan, as well as Seminar Courses offering guidance concerning research topics and methods and composition of the Master’s thesis. Moreover, the series of Related Courses offers the opportunity to acquire and develop communication and other practical skills. In this way, each study plan is constructed systematically so as to provide a good balance between breadth and depth of graduate-level study to all enrolled students.

In addition, in order to promote diversity of research and experience, it is possible for students to take courses related to the field of Culture and Communication Studies that are offered in other graduate schools at Waseda University, while credits can also be earned for periods of study abroad and through internships both at home and overseas.

  • Master’s Course
  • Major in International Culture and Communication Studies
    (April and September Admissions): Total number of places : 50
  • Master of Arts in International Culture and Communication Studies
  • Daytime

Outline of Doctoral Program

Like the courses of study at the master’s level, the Ph.D. program at GSICCS is divided into three approaches: the linguistic approach, focusing on the analysis of the modes of language communication in global society; the cultural and media approach, studying the complexity and diversity of contemporary media systems and cultural forms; and the social approach, concentrating on supranational economic and political problems as well as the role and significance of cross-cultural communities. Within these three approaches, in particular the program will promote research and education centering on the following fields: Globalization and Transculture, Visual Culture and Language, IT Culture and Modern Society, and Theories of Media and Communication.

In terms of the organization of the curriculum, the Ph.D. program provides four modes of study: Core Research, which provides the direction necessary to create the doctoral thesis; Seminar A, which gives specialist supervision within the Linguistic, Cultural/Media and Social approaches; Seminar B, which provides opportunities for making interdisciplinary explorations between the Linguistic, Cultural/Media and Social approaches; and Independent Study, which offers the chance to achieve specific goals, mainly under the guidance of a sub-director with common academic concerns. Together these four avenues provide the resources to explore and master a number of different fields of study, and to work on the research project from a wide range of perspectives.

  • Doctoral Program
  • Major in International Culture and Communication Studies
    (April and September Admissions): Total number of places : 10
  • Doctor of Philosophy in International Culture and Communication Studies
  • Daytime
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