Curriculum

Curriculum Design

The Graduate School of Intercultural Communication offers four fields of study: Language Communication, Interpreting and Translation Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Sustainability Communication. We designed our curriculum to cultivate people who can help build a new type of intercultural communication studies through their combination of various approaches in their interdisciplinary research in these fields of study. We also offer a TESOL-J Program in which students can intensively learn the knowledge and skills they need to work in English language education in Japan.

Courses/Credits

Compulsory Courses

Master’s Program Coursescredits
Master’s Thesis Seminar A, B 2 credits each
Master’s Thesis Supervision A, B 2 credits each
Masterʼs Capstone Project 4 credits

Core Elective Courses

Master’s Program Coursescredits
Introduction to Language Education Research 2 credits
Introduction to Translation and Interpreting Research 2 credits
Introduction to Communication Studies 2 credits
Introduction to Intercultural Communication Research 2 credits
Introduction to Global Cultural Studies 2 credits
Introduction to Sustainability Communication 2 credits
Research Methods A, B 2 credits each
Japanese Education System and English Language Education in Japan 2 credits
Teaching English Speaking/Listening to Japanese Students 2 credits
Teaching English Reading/Writing to Japanese Students 2 credits

Specialized Elective Courses in Language Communication Research

Master’s Program Coursescredits
Seminar in Language Communication Research A, B, C 2 credits each
Theories of Language Communication 2 credits
Seminar in Language Education Research A, B, C 2 credits each
Theories of Language Education A, B 2 credits each
Japanese Communication Style 2 credits
Japanese Culture: From Observation to Assimilation 2 credits
Teaching EFL to Japanese School Children 2 credits
Pedagogical English Grammar to Japanese Students 2 credits
Teaching English Vocabulary to Japanese Students: Learning, Teaching and Use 2 credits
Japanese Learners and Learning English in Japan 2 credits
Class Observation 2 credits
Teaching Practicum 2 credits
Japanese in Educational Settings: Classroom and Kyomuka 2 credits

Specialized Elective Courses in Interpreting and Translation Communication Research

Master’s Program Coursescredits
Seminar in Translation and Interpreting Studies A, B, C 2 credits each
Theories of Translation and Interpreting 2 credits
Theories of Interpreting and Translation Education 2 credits
Technologies for Translators and Interpreters 2 credits
Introduction to Conference Interpreting 2 credits
Conference Interpreting 1, 2 2 credits each
Practical Interpreting 2 credits
Principles and Methods in Translation 2 credits
Translation Seminar 1, 2 2 credits each
Practical Translation 2 credits

Specialized Elective Courses in Intercultural Communication Research

Master’s Program Coursescredits
Seminar in Intercultural Communication Research A, B, C 2 credits each
Intercultural Communication Theory 2 credits
Seminar in Communication Studies A, B, C 2 credits each
Communication Theory 2 credits

Specialized Elective Courses in Sustainability Communication Research

Master’s Program Coursescredits
Seminar in Sustainability Communication Research 2 credits
Theory of Sustainability Communication 2 credits
Topics in Environmental Education 2 credits
Topics in Environmental and Cultural Studies 2 credits
Topics in Environmental Studies 2 credits
Seminar in Global Cultural Studies A, B, C 2 credits each
Theory of Global Cultural Studies 2 credits
Seminar in International Cooperation and Development A, B, C 2 credits each
Theory of International Cooperation and Development 2 credits

*Courses with English titles are conducted in English.

Credits Required for Completion

Master’s Program Coursescredits
Compulsory Courses 6 credits
Core Elective Courses 6 credits
Specialized Elective Courses 14 credits
Free Elective Courses At least 4 credits
Total At least 30 credits

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