The Japanese Section of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures provides a limited number of highly qualified graduate students with the opportunity to pursue intensive programs of study leading to the M.A. in Japanese, the Ph.D. in Japanese Language and Literature, and the Ph.D. in Japanese Literature in conjunction with Comparative Literature.
The goal of these programs is to produce scholars well-trained in Japanese language, firmly grounded in the linguistic and literary traditions, and thoroughly conversant with critical discourses (indigenous and western) relevant to their fields. Students who complete the program at the Ph.D. level, candidates have extended first-hand exposure to the modern societies whose languages, literatures, and cultures they study and significant teaching experience in both the language and the literature classroom.
Our Financial Commitment
All students admitted to the Ph.D. program can expect five years of financial aid, provided they maintain a successful coursework record. Entering students typically receive a University fellowship, which carries full tuition remission and a competitive level of financial aid. Doctoral candidates in their final year of dissertation writing (usually the fifth or sixth year of doctoral study) will be eligible for a Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship. In the intervening years, qualified graduate students will be eligible for a combination of Teaching and Research Assistantships and University fellowships, all of which carry full tuition remission. Doctoral students can also apply for additional summer support for research and examination preparation.