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The International Master’s Program (IMAP) and The International Doctorate (IDOC) in Japanese Humanities

The International Master’s Program (IMAP) in Japanese Humanities (founded 2011) and the International Doctorate (IDOC) in Japanese Humanities (founded 2017) are the only two graduate programs conducted in English within Kyushu University’s Graduate School of Humanities. Both programs are MEXT certified and each enrolls a select group of international and Japanese students. All students have full access to the educational strengths and facilities of a world-class Japanese university and benefit from the rich array of academic resources it offers.

Both MA and PhD candidates study with specialists in Japanese history, art history and visual culture, literature, premodern languages, religion, geography, and other facets of the humanities. Students enroll in rigorous seminars on general and specialist topics—many of which incorporate study at cultural and historical sites within japan.

The IMAP and IDOC in Japanese Humanities are characterized by closely supervised instruction and small seminars customized to meet the long-term academic goals of each student. Seminars taught by primary faculty generally emphasize premodern japan and its relationship to East Asia; these are supplemented by courses offered by affiliated and guest faculty in topics ranging from Japanese film to archaeology. There are also courses in field-specific methodologies, research methods, and premodern Japanese (kobun and kanbun).

Among other requirements, all IMAP and IDOC students are required to write a thesis in English under the guidance of primary and secondary academic advisors. Depending on their Japanese-language proficiency, MA candidates may select additional courses from the Graduate School of Humanities or other graduate schools within the university; PhD candidates are required to enroll in graduate courses taught in Japanese.

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Graduate School of Humanities
Kyushu University
6-19-1, Hakozaki, Higashi-ku Fukuoka, 812-8581 JAPAN
FAX: +81(0)92-642-3165
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