Expand Your Horizon with the New School of Japan Studies (SJS) !

SJS welcomes

those who desire to study Japan from an international perspective so become global leaders with a deep understanding of Japan, or who seek to contribute to the advancement of multilingual and multicultural societies in Japan and elsewhere.

The School of Japan Studies offers the opportunity to study and discover Japan comprehensively and from international perspectives.

Sharing ideas and learning together with Japanese and international students makes this program unique. Students can learn and design innovative problem-solving skills for diversified and expanding needs in Japan and the world.

Academic Field in SJS

Field 1 Japanese Politics, Economics, Society and History within International Contexts

Field 2

Japanese Culture and Literature as World Culture and Literature

Field 3

Japanese Linguistics

Field 4

Japanese Language Education

Program Outline

Study Period

April 2019-March 2023

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts (Language and Area Studies)

Graduation Requirements

125 credits (including graduation thesis)

Language of Instruction

English and Japanese


1- Studying Japan Comprehensively
This program offers interdisciplinary approaches to study Japan. Class room lectures will be combined with various field work activities for hands-on experiences.

2-Learning and Communicating in English and Japanese
In this program, Japanese and international students learn together, using both English and Japanese as media of communication.

3-Engaging Education through Active Learning
This program utilises active learning for students to acquire skills and methods for self-development and problem-solving.

Four Years in Learning

School of Japanese Studies (SJS) is designed for students of diverse backgrounds from across the world and Japan who will get an opportunity to actively learn and communicate their ideas in both English and Japanese. At SJS, students will study comprehensively about Japan as field, and moreover strengthen their skills and linguistic competencies in general. Besides Japan as a field, there are also opportunities for fascinating short-term and long-term programs to study abroad.

First Year
In School of Japanese Studies(SJS), all students are required to take "Collaboration Project" courses where students will learn and experience how to effectively team up for finding and resolving issues.

In the introductory class, students will learn about Japanese society, Japanese history, Japanese literature and culture, and Japanese linguistics in English.

The language courses will improve English and Japanese competency of students.

Moreover, students can opt topics of their interests from a wide range of common "Global Liberal Arts Program" of 3 schools. In the SJS's special designed "General Courses on Japan", students will learn about Japan together with international students from partner universities from across the world.

There are also opportunities for participating in "Short-term overseas study programs" in Summer and Winter quarter.

Second Year
In the second year, there are team activities of "Fieldworks in Local Community" and "Community Outreach Project" and "Language Teaching Assistance in Community " which will broaden the horizon beyond the classroom and provide first-hand experience of how to get information and learn more, new and different by collaborating with other students.

The introductory and survey class of SJS will provide in-depth knowledge and information on Japan in both Japanese and English.

The language courses will continue to enhance the English and Japanese ability of students. On the other hand, students are also encouraged to opt for other foreign languages from the courses of common language provided by 3 schools.

Third year
In the third year, SJS encourages students to further enhance their knowledge by studying abroad where they get exposure of world cultures and opportunity to compare various field with Japan. As a result, many students would participate in long-term and short-term exchange program for studying overseas, internship in overseas companies, and other programs for studying in overseas universities and schools.

In the elective courses, students will take lecture classes along with the seminar classes. Especially, courses of "Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice" and "Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice (seminar)" are anticipated to gain a lot of attention. In the former course, multiple fields of SJS will be taught through relay lectures, and in the latter course, Japanese and international students will create a team and jointly make efforts to resolve the issues around them.

In SJS, it is mandatory to take seminar courses of 2 or more fields to understand Japan dynamically. Students should consult their supervisor for a balanced learning comprising both wide range of knowledge and specialization in a particular area.

Fourth Year
The fourth year would be dedicated for graduation projects based on the learnings, study and research accomplished during past years. There will be a supervisor guiding through the process of project and thesis writing for each student. Students must consolidate the research outcome in 2 languages i.e. write in either English or Japanese and append it with a long abstract in another language.

The fourth year is also crucial for deciding the future path of students after graduation. TUFS has a dedicated Global Carrier Center which provide full assistance to SJS students through the job hunting process.

List of Subjects

Project-based Courses: Collaborative Projects
Collaboration Project 1
Collaboration Project 2

Project-based Courses: Community Linkage Projects
Fieldworks in Local Community
Community Outreach Project
Language Teaching Assistance in Community

Introductory Courses
Introduction to Japanese Society
Introduction to Japanese History
Introduction to Japanese Literature and Culture
Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

Survey Courses
Survey of Japanese Politics and Economy
Survey of Japanese Diplomacy and International Relations
Survey of Japanese History and Society
Survey of Japanese Literature and Culture 1
Survey of Japanese Literature and Culture 2
Survey of Japanese Linguistics 1
Survey of Japanese Linguistics 2
Survey of Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 1
Survey of Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 2

Elective Courses
Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice 1
Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice 2
Theories of Multicultural Society 1
Theories of Multicultural Society 2
Japanese Politics and Economy 1
Japanese Politics and Economy 2
Japanese Diplomacy and International Relations 1
Japanese Diplomacy and International Relations 2
Japanese History 1
Japanese History 2
Japanese Intellectual History 1
Japanese Intellectual History 2
Japanese Culture 1
Japanese Culture 2
Japanese Classical Literature 1
Japanese Classical Literature 2
Japanese Modern Literature 1
Japanese Modern Literature 2
Japanese Linguistics 1
Japanese Linguistics 2
Classical Japanese Grammar 1
Classical Japanese Grammar 2
Second Language Acquisition 1
Second Language Acquisition 2
Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 1
Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 2
Kanbun-gaku (Chinese Literacy)

Elective Seminars
Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice 1 (Seminar)
Approaches to Interdisciplinary Practice 2 (Seminar)
Theories of Multicultural Society 1 (Seminar)
Theories of Multicultural Society 2 (Seminar)
Japanese Society 1 (Seminar)
Japanese Society 2 (Seminar)
Japanese Literature and Culture 1 (Seminar)
Japanese Literature and Culture 2 (Seminar)
Japanese Linguistics 1 (Seminar)
Japanese Linguistics 2 (Seminar)
Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 1 (Seminar)
Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages 2 (Seminar)

Research Seminars
Research Seminar 1
Research Seminar 2
Graduation Project