Name of the University: Doshisha University
Program Name:
Doshisha University Graduate School of Global Studies
Type of Degree:
M.A. and PhD
Major Field:
American Studies, Contemporary Asian Studies, Global Society Studies
Application Period: From early July to early August

Period of Enrollment:
April (M.A. and PhD), September (PhD)
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Program Overview:

American Studies Cluster
For more than a century the United States has played an outsized role on the global stage. Japan has had a particularly complex relationship with American culture, society and politics. The American Studies Cluster therefore encourages students to examine the United States from a global perspective. Faculty expertise is wide-ranging, from political philosophy, peace studies, gender and sexuality studies, to anthropology, religious studies, history, African Diaspora studies, and film studies. Through classes and faculty direction, students develop a deep understanding of American history, society, culture and thought, as well as the multiple transnational intersections and encounters that have shaped the United States.

Contemporary Asian Studies Cluster
The faculty of this cluster consists of researchers specializing in China, the Korean Peninsula, Japan and Southeast Asia, with a transnational perspective of viewing Asia from the respective areas, from Japan, or from the world. In addition to such comprehensive viewpoint, it is also important to carefully examine the culture, life and feelings of people living in the area concerned. Today’s Asia faces numerous political, economic and social issues, many of which are difficult to solve. But it is also rewarding and a lot of fun to contemplate the issues and seel for solutions. The cluster welcomes students who are eager to think and discuss about the East Asian society and people.

Global Society Studies Cluster
This cluster addresses issues ranging from human security, conflict prevension, peace building, development and poverty to transnational migration, multicultural education, gender, citizenship, racism, class inequalities and environmental challenges. With diverse disciplinary backgrounds and areas of specialization (Africa, the Missle East, Europe and Latin America), faculty members investigate various contemporary global issues, flexibly applying both disciplinary approach and area studies. Another feature of this international cluster is that it accepts many students from Central and South Asia and African countries as part of the human resources development support project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).