The Culture and Globalization Department consists of three divisions. The Contemporary Culture and Society Division deals with comprehensive research into contemporary social and cultural circumstances amid the erosion of modern Western principles accompanying globalization. The Human Communication and Information Science Division investigates issues involving verbal and non-verbal communication and use of diverse information media. The Second Language Education Division is for advanced research concerning second language education and the production of outstanding practitioners in this field. In addition, there is also a joint research group for Advanced Communication in the Doctoral Course in cooperation with the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR). In these divisions and courses, we aim for (1) understanding of the acculturation brought about by globalization and the establishment of new public culture, (2) development of advanced global communication, and (3) development of foreign language education for the global era.

Two Educational Tracks

The master's program has a Career Enhancement Track and a Researcher Track. Applicants by General Admission and Special Selection for Adult Applicants select one of these two tracks when applying for admission. Applicants by Special Selection for Foreign Students select one after enrollment.

Career Enhancement Track

This track caters to students who intend to work after completing the master’s program. By acquiring broad expertise and practical applied skills, students seek to develop their career to a higher level. Students can earn the master’s degree by acquiring the requisite credits in courses centered on special lectures and by submitting a master’s research report appropriate for their career plans.

Researcher Track

This track caters to the students who intend to take the entrance exam for and enter the doctoral program. The track offers a curriculum designed to train researchers and high-level specialists. To complete the track, students are required to take requisite credits in courses centered on advanced expertise seminars and to submit a master’s thesis or a master’s folio.

Key Information

  • Degree Programme
    Master of Arts
  • Subject area
    Contemporary Culture and Society,
    Human Communication and Information Science, Second Language Education
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Total Intake (AY 2017)


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