The main goal of the Graduate School of Language and Culture (GSLC) is, through its comprehensive educational research, to foster “earthlings beyond differences” who are capable of effective communication with an understanding and respect for the diverse languages, cultures and societies of the world. To achieve this goal, we restructured the graduate school to accommodate three major programs: “Language and Culture,” “Language and Society,” and “Japanese Language and Culture.” In Studies in Language and Culture, we conduct comprehensive and interdisciplinary educational research into languages and cultures, involving experts from the fields of the liberal arts, society and natural science, with the aim of fostering individuals who can promptly meet the needs of a globalized and informatized modern society.
In Studies in Language and Society, we conduct regional research into languages and cultures, with the aim of cultivating researchers with a high level of expertise and knowledge in foreign languages, cultures and society and highly-specialized professionals who can play an important role in the international arena.
Studies in Japanese Language and Culture used to be named The Special Overseas Exchange Course in Studies in Language and Society, and became independent in April 2012. It will continue to strengthen its ties with the Center for Japanese Language and Culture in order to promote more organic educational opportunities.