Department of English

Department of English
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By developing their skills in the international language of English, students acquire the tools to understand other cultures more deeply and gain insight into the world around them. By studying language and literature, they work toward goals such as deepening their understanding of humanity, investigating different ways of life, and honing their international communication skills. Mastering English demands persistent effort; the Department seeks students with the desire to overcome this challenge and grab hold of a new world.

Department of English

Key Features of the Department of English

Students choose to enroll in the Department of English for many reasons. Some hope to put the in-depth knowledge, problem-solving skills, and language abilities they gain here to work at their dream job. Others have an interest in British or American culture and want to study abroad during their time at university, or simply read Harry Potter in the original. Whatever their motivation, Meiji Gakuin University’s long record of outstanding English education and in-depth approach to learning gives them what they need to achieve their goals.


A highly respected department staffed with approximately 30 native speakers

Students learn the basics of reading, conversation, listening, and writing in small classes taught all in English. The Department offers a range of study options, from online programs to classes incorporating video conferencing with an Australian university.


Learn about English culture in-situ, through foreign exchanges and overseas internships

The Department’s short- and long-term study-abroad programs provide an opportunity to learn firsthand about the history and values that underlie other cultures and their literature. At our unique informational sessions, prospective participants can hear about the program from past participants. We also encourage students to participate in programs that combine academic study with an overseas internship.


Forums for debating in English that sharpen conversational and critical thinking skills

During the 3rd and 4th years of study, the Department offers courses that incorporate speech, debate, and discussion in order to boost English proficiency. By developing their ability to express opinions in English, students gain the tools for cross-cultural communication.


A robust support system for students considering a career in teaching English

Many graduates of the Department go on to become English teachers and join our English Teachers’ Association. The Association organizes lectures and reports that provide a valuable opportunity for students considering a career in teaching to get inspired by those currently working in the field. Each fall, the Department also offers a test preparation seminar on the Japanese Teaching Staff Examination that has produced many excellent teachers over the years.

*It is possible to obtain an English teaching certificate upon completion of the teacher-training course or classes on English education.

The 4-Year Program

Years 1 and 2: Gain a strong grasp of English through small, seminar-style classes

While building a solid foundation in the English language, students learn the basics of British and American literature and English linguistics. They begin to consider their area of focus, and starting in their first year may choose seminars based on their interests.


Years 3 and 4: Engage in focused research through one of three specialized programs

In 3rd- and 4th-year seminars, students focus on a specialized area of research and learn through close interaction with supervisor and other students.

  • British Literature Program
    Students study British novels, poems, and plays while also moving beyond the framework of literature to engage in multifaceted research on the cultures of the English-speaking world.

  • American Literature Program
    Students study American novels, poems, and plays while also moving beyond the framework of literature to engage in multifaceted research on the cultures of the English-speaking world.

  • English Linguistics Program
    Meiji Gakuin University takes a unique approach to this discipline, which it has a long tradition of teaching. Through scientific study of language, students examine both language and humanity itself.

  • Where our graduates are now (2015–2017)

    Meiji Gakuin University’s rich tradition of English education continues to produce many outstanding English teachers. Our graduates are employed at junior high and high schools as well as private language schools. Others work at private-sector companies in a wide range of industries including finance, insurance, service, hotels, travel, transportation, and logistics. Major employers include Mizuho Financial Group. MUFJ Bank, JTB Group, and All Nippon Airways.

    Ratio of careers selected by industry, 2015-2017