Japanese Studies Major

Japanese Studies Major

By getting to know what it means to be Japanese, you can get to know yourself and cultivate the ability to understand others.

Getting to know the literature, history, and society of Japan

The Japanese Studies Major provides students with a deep understanding about the country we live in, Japan. This includes the ability to have command of the language and to review Japanese literature, history, and society from a historical and international viewpoint, and to be able to think, create, and put forward suggestions from a variety of perspectives. To achieve this, students are exposed to in-depth reading comprehension training by making use of text from literature, history, philosophy, and others fields. Students are also encouraged to delve deeper into sentences that they previously comprehended from their own viewpoints with the aim of encountering different values and fostering communication skills. Furthermore, the department's major subject group offers a wide range of subjects from three dimensions, Japanese literature, language, and culture; social phenomena, social representation, and history; and Japan viewed from a global perspective. The aim of this is to deepen understanding about Japan as well as equip students with the ability to consider Japan from different perspectives. All students will subsequently work on a graduation thesis as the culmination of their studies. Students are expected to perform research from broad perspectives on issues such as Okinawan theory from a historical point of view and relationships with the world, literary research from a gender perspective, and comparative studies of propaganda during wars and present-day mass media. We hope that students majoring in Japanese Studies at Aoyama Gakuin Women's Junior College will learn about themselves as people living in Japan and using the Japanese language, all the time while joining hands with others.

Curriculum

Curriculum
Special courses
Major courses
Seminars

Special courses

This small-group reading comprehension training class teaches students to master Japanese language skills, including the ability to read, comprehend, summarize, and give accurate presentations, by making use of literature written in Japanese and literature and documents concerning the Japanese language, Japanese history, Japanese social theory, and Japanese cultural theory.

Major courses

There are three groups of major courses, A, B, and C, aimed at equipping students with the ability to understand Japan from a variety of perspectives and to think expansively while gaining the ability to take action.

Group A: Japanese Language and Culture

In this group, students learn about the Japanese language and culture in broad specialized areas and genres including Japanese linguistics, Japanese classics, modern literature, movies, and subculture.

Group B: Japanese Society and History

In this group, students learn about social phenomena, social representation, and history, such as history, philosophy, social science, and mass communication theory.

Group C: Japan in the World

In this group, students learn about Japan through a comparative study of cultures, societies, and languages. Also, to capture the characteristics of Japan from various perspectives, a wide range of lectures are given to students covering intercultural communication, Japanese educational methods, and ethnological study. In addition, this group also offers a course in which students go to see Kabuki and Kyogen plays.

Seminars

Introductory Academic Seminar

This is a small class with a homelike atmosphere in which students can think subjectively using their own questions and interests as keys to discussing opinions freely and make reports orally and in writing. Students are exposed to the pleasure of learning, which differs from high school, with the aim of acquiring academic skills, communication skills, and the ability to express themselves.

Major Introductory Seminar

This seminar aims to conform to various specialized areas taught in the Japanese Studies Major to further improve the abilities acquired in the Introductory Academic Seminar, and at the same time, it aims to nurture each student's interest in problems and find problems to investigate more deeply in preparation for the Graduation Thesis Seminar.

Graduation Thesis Seminar

This seminar allows students to select a specialized area based on their interests with regard to issues and to conduct research to delve deeper into problems in Japan while receiving professional guidance. Students will write a graduation thesis as the culmination of their studies in the department.