The Graduate School of Literature has two courses: a course in Japanese Literature and a course in Sinology. They are designed to promote global dissemination of the Oriental Studies, the core philosophy of Nishogakusha and to foster diversified advances for humanity . Their Doctoral Programs are divided into the First Stage and the Late Stage.
For the Course in Japanese Literature, students will be engaged in a wide range of researches from ancient to present times, analyzing and reviewing literary works, authors, backgrounds, ideologies and languages, referring to original sources and other reference materials.
For the Course in Sinology, students will be engaged in in-depth, multidirectional researches, focusing on association of Chinese classical literature, language, thought and philosophy nurtured by long, multifaceted histories of China, with Japan and East Asian countries. Courses are divided into 3: Sinology, Japanese Way of Understanding Chinese Classics Studies and Comprehensive Cultural Studies. In addition, there is a special program offering for current junior high school and high school teachers. This program is called Japanese Language Education Program where they may be able to obtain a master’s degree or a professional certificate in one year.