The Major of English Literature offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Letters is made up of three specialized courses (English Literature, American Literature, and English Language), and seeks to foster the abilities and knowledge essential for the pursuit of specialized research and teaching. The many students who have completed the major in the more than 50 years since the establishment of the graduate school have gone on to flourishing careers as researchers in the fields of English and American literature and the English language, or as English-language educators. The Master’s course is devoted to classwork in the areas of literature (English literature and American literature) and English (syntax, phonetics, semantics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition theory, and English language teaching), while in the Doctor’s course students are offered guidance in research towards the writing of a thesis related to English or American literature and the English language. Every year students from other universities and company employees also participate in the course. One of the distinctive features of this course is that students in both the Master’s and Doctor’s courses are able to take lectures for credits at any of the 11 universities participating in the Association of Graduate Departments of English (Aoyama Gakuin University, Sophia University, Seishin Women’s University, Tsuda Juku University, Tokyo Women’s Christian University, Tohoku Gakuin University, Toyo University, Japan Women’s University, Hosei University, Meiji University, and Rikkyo University).
The major in English Literature participates in the Association of Graduate Departments of English, which means that credits are interchangeable between any of the graduate schools that are parties to the agreement. Students enrolled in the first half of the course are able to audit lecture-based subjects* in the graduate schools of the universities listed below as special auditors, and earn up to 10 credits at Meiji Gakuin. Interchangeable credits can be earned at the graduate schools of 11 universities: Aoyama Gakuin University, Sophia University, Seishin Women’s University, Tsuda Juku University, Tokyo Women’s Christian University, Tohoku Gakuin University, Toyo University, Japan Women’s University, Hosei University, Meiji University, and Rikkyo University. In addition, an interchangeable credit system is also in operation with other majors within Meiji Gakuin’s Graduate School of Arts and Letters, making it possible for students enrolled in the Major of English Literature at our university to conduct research from a wide-ranging perspective.