Academic Programs

Department of English Language and Literature

The Department of English Language and Literature seeks to provide students with high-level English Communication skills and knowledge of the language, culture, and literature of English-speaking countries. The Department offers two major courses: Global English Course, and English and Liberal Arts Course. The program develops advanced English communication skills, and Internet and other information processing capabilities, while also providing preparation for careers that require English ability for active participation in a global society.

Two Major Courses of Study

Global English Course

While fostering solid language and communication skills and an appreciation of diverse cultures, the Global English Course aims to nurture women who have good command of English skills, combine a hospitality mindset with a rich sense of humanity, and play an active role in the global community. Students in this course experience studying abroad either for a semester or a year in affiliated universities in English-speaking countries.

English and Liberal Arts Course

English and Liberal Arts Course gives students the proficiency to express themselves freely in English while acquiring a deeper understanding of literature and language of English-speaking countries: literature, cultural studies, linguistics, communication studies, and applied linguistics. Students develop flexible English language skills, as well as general and specialized knowledge and a rich sense of humanity that will serve as lifelong tools for advancement.

Educational Hightlights

Literature and Culture

Courses include literary studies in drama, poetry, novels, film and cultural studies. These courses give students a broad perspective on humanity that shapes both literature and culture in English speaking countries.

Linguistics and Communication Studies

Courses provide students with the knowledge needed to examine mechanisms of language and human communication in scientific and theoretical ways. Students can also research language and communication in other international contexts.

Applied Linguistics

Courses help students learn more effective ways to learn and to teach English. Students learn in theoretical and practical ways, through courses including applied linguistics, teaching methods, and teaching practice.

Career Education

Airline Program

Direct guidance is provided by active-duty cabin crew from ANA (All Nippon Airways) and by professional lecturers from various fields. Students make on-site tours that give them first-hand experience of the services and practices of the airline industry. In addition, they learn hospitality and food service etiquette through practical training. The skills and spirit of hospitality will also prove useful in any field of business.

English for Medical Support Program

This program develops medical interpreters who can serve as a link between Japanese medical staff and non-Japanese patients, so that the latter can enjoy peace of mind when receiving medical care. The program calls for students to gain practical experience at the University Hospital of the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine. Students can look forward to playing an active role in medical and pharmaceutical companies, as well as in the travel and tourism industry.

Immersion Space—Hands-On Learning
for English and Other Languages

The Immersion Space was inaugurated in a new campus section that was completed in 2014. Along with a lounge and a reference room, this facility includes an intensive English practice classroom in which students are not permitted to speak Japanese. Members of staff are always available to provide support in English for issues related to language learning and living in a foreign-language environment. In addition, innovative programs are available to enable self-directed learning in an enjoyable atmosphere.

Elective Certificate Programs

  • First Class Certificate for Upper Secondary School Teacher (English)
  • First Class Certificate for Lower Secondary School Teacher (English)
  • Teacher Librarian Certificate
  • Librarian Certificate
  • Museum Curator Certificate
  • Qualification for Social Work Officer
  • Web Design Professional Certificate
  • Presentation Professional Certificate
  • Data Processing Specialist Certificate