This department is comprised of five specializations in two programs. Students are recruited at the “class” level.
Intercultural Studies of Japanese and Chinese Program: The Japanese Class focuses on the major research themes of Japanese language, representation theory of myths and oral literature, cultural studies of Japanese songs (waka), literature and culture of the Edo Period, the analysis of modern and contemporary literature, and contemporary Japanese language studies. The Chinese Class covers a wide range of fields and topics including Chinese language and literature from classical to modern times, as well as Chinese culture, customs, and subcultures, and topics related to Japan and East Asia.
Intercultural Studies of European and American Program: The English Class incorporates education and research on the English-speaking world, such as England and the US, and including parts of Africa, and conducts classes covering a wide range of topics related to the history and linguistic cultures of these regions. The German Class focuses on four fields: (1) literary studies on Germany/Austria from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period, (2) historical studies of the German language and linguistic research on the syntax and typology of the contemporary German language, (3) the study of ideas including cultural criticism and media studies, and (4) the study of arts and culture, including art history, music, and physical art. The French Class conducts research on the French language from medieval times to the contemporary period, covering French syntax, French literature and thought from the early modern to modern period, and contemporary French thought.