Major of English Literature

(Master's and Doctoral Program)

Cultivating broad perspectives and intellectual sensitivity in the fields of English literature and linguistics

The Graduate Program in English Literature in the Graduate School of Arts and Letters provides three fields of specialization: British Literature, American Literature, and English Linguistics. Each aims to cultivate the abilities and academic knowledge required to engage in professional research and education in that field. Over the more than fifty-year history of the Program, many of our graduates have gone on to become researchers in English literature and English studies, or specialists in English education. The master’s degree program offers courses in English literature (fiction, poetry, drama, film, culture, and critical theory) and English linguistics (syntax, phonetics, semantics, language acquisition, and English language pedagogy). The doctoral degree program provides research guidance for writing a doctoral dissertation in English literature or English linguistics, and also enrolls students from other universities and working adults. Students can also take courses designed for other majors within the Graduate School of Arts and Letters at Meiji Gakuin University, allowing them to pursue research with a broad perspective while remaining in the Graduate Program in English Literature.

Admission Policy


Inter-University Credit Transfer System

Students pursuing a master's degree in English literature can earn up to ten credits for classes* taken at these partner schools: Aoyama Gakuin University, Sophia University, University of the Sacred Heart, Tsuda University, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, Tohoku Gakuin University, Toyo University, Japan Women’s University, Hosei University, Meiji University, and Rikkyo University.
Subjects accepted for credit transfer:

British Literature Fiction, poetry, drama, culture, society, and related subjects.
American Literature Fiction, poetry, literary criticism, culture, society, and related subjects.
English Linguistics Phonetics, phonology, syntax, English language education, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, semantics, cross-cultural communication, and related subjects.
Other History of the English language, comparative literature, comparative culture, literary theory, and related subjects.

Scholarships and Grants

In principle, six students (primarily doctoral students) in the Graduate School of Arts and Letters are awarded scholarships of 100,000 or 200,000 yen each school year to support overseas research and presentations (up to 50,000 yen when participating in online conferences). In addition, grants of up to 30,000 yen are available to students in the Graduate School of Arts and Letters for travel to academic conferences within Japan.