Today, the interchange of people and information takes place globally, making the ways cultural modalities in different regions are intertwined with each other increasingly complex and multi-faceted. As this new era is now upon us, this Graduate School aims to develop human resources of great scholarly attainments who contribute to the future of human culture by inheriting the knowledge of cultural science created by human beings and seeking knowledge unceasingly to create new value that meets the needs of a diversifying society.
By combining comprehensiveness, originality, and systematic curricula cultivated by Waseda University with the university-wide educational and social environments, this Graduate School offers students the opportunity to experience the values of intellectual, cultural and linguistic exchange so that they can take the initiative in making contributions to the global community. The policies for realizing this are described below.
With the aims of allowing students to gain deep scholarly attainments and develop special vocational skills and developing human resources who play an active part not only in Japan but also in global society, the Master’s Program grants a master’s degree (in literature) to those who have earned the required number of credits, submitted a master’s thesis, and passed a final examination (oral examination) in the 2-year course period.
The Doctoral Program offers students the opportunity to cultivate their research skills by developing a research plan on their own under the guidance of supervisors, presenting their research results in meetings of academic societies (including international ones) and contributing papers to the journals of these societies based on the plan, and it grants a doctoral degree (in literature) to those who have submitted a dissertation for a doctoral degree and passed a review (by the Thesis Review Committee, the Degree Committee, and the Faculty Committee), thereby making them independent as a researcher.