Ph.D. in Japanese Studies

The Ph.D. in Japanese studies is designed for the advanced study of Japan in a transnational, regional and global context. Research and writing agendas emphasize methods and concepts from the disciplines of art history, literature, history, religion and anthropology. The degree prepares candidates for academic positions in Japanese Studies programs, for research positions in foundations, NGOs, and companies that need advanced analyses of countries and regions in global contexts.

The doctoral course, which requires a three-year residency, focuses on the writing of a dissertation. While no course work is required, candidates participate in workshops and other program activities and may, in consultation with their dissertation supervisor, attend courses. Candidates first pass qualifying exams and then, upon successful defense of a dissertation prospectus, proceed on to dissertation research and writing. To ensure close guidance of the dissertation, only a few candidates are admitted each year.