Cultivate a broad perspective, engage with rich feelings, pursue a deep study of English and American literature and the English language

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 Major 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).


Graduate School Auditor (Interchangeable Credit) System

The Major of English Literature participates in the “Association of Graduate Departments of English,” which grants mutual recognition of credit from any of the eleven other graduate schools with which Meiji Gakuin University has concluded an agreement. Students enrolled in the Master’s course of Major of English Literature can take courses offered by the following graduate schools* as special auditors, which can earn them up to ten credits recognized by Meiji Gakuin University. Note that subjects from other majors within the Meiji Gakuin University Graduate School of Arts and Letters may also be taken, so it is possible for students to conduct research with a broad perspective while enrolled in the Meiji Gakuin University Major of English Literature.

*The fields in which subjects may be taken are as follows.
English literature Fiction, poetry, theater, culture, society, etc.
American literature Fiction, poetry, commentary, culture, society, etc.
English language Phonetics, phonology, syntax, English education, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, semantics, cross-cultural communication, etc.
Other English history, comparative literature, comparative culture, literary theory, etc.

Scholarship and grant system

In principle, Meiji Gakuin University provides a portion of the cost of conducting investigation and research, then giving presentations overseas (100,000 yen or 200,000 yen per person) to six people each year as a subsidy, with the aim of supporting the research of students at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters (particularly those enrolled in the Doctor’s course). Furthermore, we also provide grants for students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Letters (up to 30,000 yen per person) to travel to conferences within Japan.