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Doshisha University

Graduate School of Global Studies

MA: American Studies Cluster / Contemporary Asian Studies Cluster / Global Society Studies Cluster

<American Studies Cluster>
For more than a century the United States has played an outsized role on the global stage. Japan has had a particularly complex relationship with American culture, society and politics. The American Studies Cluster therefore encourages students to examine the United States from a global perspective. Faculty expertise is wide-ranging, from political philosophy, peace studies, gender and sexuality studies, to anthropology, religious studies, history, African Diaspora studies, and film studies. Through classes and faculty direction, students develop a deep understanding of American history, society, culture and thought, as well as the multiple transnational intersections and encounters that have shaped the United States.

<Contemporary Asian Studies Cluster>
The faculty of this cluster consists of researchers specializing in China, the Korean Peninsula, Japan and Southeast Asia, with a transnational perspective of viewing Asia from the respective areas, from Japan, or from the world. In addition to such comprehensive viewpoint, it is also important to carefully examine the culture, life and feelings of people living in the area concerned. Today’s Asia faces numerous political, economic and social issues, many of which are difficult to solve. But it is also rewarding and a lot of fun to contemplate the issues and seek for solutions. The cluster welcomes students who are eager to think and discuss about the East Asian society and people.

<Global Society Studies Cluster>
This cluster addresses issues ranging from human security, conflict prevention, peace building, development and poverty to transnational migration, multicultural education, gender, citizenship, racism, class inequalities and environmental challenges. With diverse disciplinary backgrounds and areas of specialization (Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America), faculty members investigate various contemporary global issues, flexibly applying both disciplinary approach and area studies. Another feature of this international cluster is that it accepts many students from Central Asia and African countries as part of the human resources development support project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

* Students enrolled in the clusters of American Studies and Global Society Studies can complete the degree by taking classes taught in English. Please be aware that courses in Contemporary Asian Studies Cluster Master's Degree Program are basically conducted in Japanese.

Degree Information
Degree Master's
Type of Degree Master of Arts in American Studies
Master of Contemporary Asian Studies
Master of Global Society Studies
Subject - Humanities (History, Linguistics, etc.)
- Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major American Studies Cluster
Contemporary Asian Studies Cluster
Global Society Studies Cluster
Duration 2 years
Entry Date April 1, 2023
Location Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University
Karasuma-dori Kamidachiuri-agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-0898 Japan
Area Kansai Region (Osaka, Kyoto, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started April, 2010
No. of Students 82
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 40
Tuition Fees 912,000 yen
Additional Information The Graduate School of Global Studies (GSGS) aims to cultivate human resources who contribute to the promotion of international exchange and understanding between multicultural societies. Our graduates work actively in a variety of fields including international organizations, public institutions, international business and journalism. There are also many students who go on to the Doctoral program or overseas graduate schools.

List of Major Employers (partial)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Jiji Press, Ltd., West Japan Railway Company, Nippon Express, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd., Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Horiba Advanced Techno, Co., Ltd., Mazda Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Kirin Beverage Co., Ltd., Soft Bank Group, Itochu Aviation, Co., Ltd., Philip Morris Japan Kabushiki Kaisha, Robert Walters Japan, National Museum of Ethnology, Public Services etc.
Contact Office of International Students
International Center
TEL: +81-75-251-3257
FAX: +81-75-251-3123
Admission Information
Admission Capacity Maximum Enrollment per year: 45
Application Type Open to everyone
Application Period <Fall Exam: Applicants residing in Japan/abroad>
July 8, 2022 - August 1, 2022

<Spring Exam: Applicants residing in Japan>
January 6, 2023 - January 13, 2023
Examination Type & Date <Fall Exam (oral examination): Applicants residing in Japan (regular students)>
September 11, 2022

<Spring Exam (oral examination): Applicants residing in Japan (regular students)>
February 12, 2023

*Applicants residing in Japan (special students) and applicants residing abroad (both regular students and special students) documentary screening
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Admission Fee <Applicants residing in Japan (regular students)>
15,000 yen

Applicants residing in Japan(special students) and Applicants residing abroad (both regular and special students)>
10,000 yen

As of June 8, 2022


University and program information, costs, dates, policies are subject to change; please confirm important facts with university admission personnel.