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In addition to your intensive Japanese language courses every morning, KCJS offers a variety of academically rigorous subject courses that are scheduled in the afternoon hours. Each student selects two courses per semester (four points of academic credit per course), which will either meet twice a week for 90 minutes each, or once a week for three hours. For more information, see list of current and recent courses and accompanying syllabi.

The afternoon subject courses are designed to complement your studies at your home institution, and as such they provide abundant opportunities for experiential learning through field trips, guest lectures, and in-class demonstrations. Most will revolve primarily around class and small group discussions, as well as student presentations on the readings. As such, the responsibility for learning rests to a significant degree on your shoulders. The more you read and inquire, the better equipped you will be to participate and learn from your classmates, who will come from KCJS and non-KCJS institutions in the United States, as well as from Doshisha and Kyoto University. (Generally speaking, each class will have two to three students enrolled from Doshisha and Kyōdai.)



The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) is excited to announce a new initiative that will allow a limited number of its students to cross register for certain elective subject courses offered by the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) during the academic year. In turn, a similar number of AKP students will be allowed to enroll in selected KCJS elective courses. This option will commence on a trial basis during the Spring 2019 Semester. KCJS and AKP have decided to take advantage of their adjacent locations on the Doshisha University campus to share their faculty expertise in Japanese Studies for the benefit of students who have a particular area of academic interest they want to pursue, or a specific graduation requirement they need to fulfill during their period of study in Kyoto. Grades for these AKP courses will be posted on the KCJS Grade Report. Each program office has established its own procedures for soliciting interest among its own students, and for granting its students permission to cross register. Detailed information on eligible AKP elective courses and the cross-registration application procedure will be provided in October to KCJS students who are enrolled in the 2018-2019 academic year or Spring 2019 semester programs.

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Subject class field trips

In many of your subject classes in the afternoon, there will also be course-related field trips that are designed to deepen your understanding of the topics introduced in the readings. Such trips may include some on-site, self-directed exploration, together with guidance from your professor and/or Japanese staff on the premises. These trips provide excellent opportunities for you to learn about a particular subject in Japanese.

For a list of recent course-related field trips, click here.

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Comments from KCJS alumni about their subject classes

“Overall, the course materials are fascinating and definitely allowed me to gain a more nuanced understanding of Japanese society.” KCJS 28 (2016-2017)

“I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the classes here. Every one of the professors that taught my classes was on a par with the people at my home institution.” KCJS 28 (2016-2017)

“Due to personal circumstances, I did not apply myself as fully as I could have, but I enjoyed the classes I took, tried out two very new topics, and have learned so much in so many different ways. In my Japanese language class I became so much more fluent in the language.” KCJS 27 (2015-2016)

“The most important piece of advice: KCJS is not quite as demanding academically as your home institutions. Thus, YOU need to put in the effort to learn and take as much as you can from your time here. Your sensei don’t mind challenging you, but you need to show that you want it.”

“KCJS had many influences on my present career but more so in my life. During my year there I learned about many topics I had not covered in my university courses: Japanese Economics, Noh Drama, Japanese ancient and modern literature, all of which I have used in my professional life.” – KCJS 08 (1996-1997)

“I have been working in the arts since graduating in 2004, and have been working as a curator of contemporary emerging artists since 2008. Over this time, I have remained in contact with Japanese contemporary artists and recently decided to make this the focus of my art historical research going forward. My time studying Japanese language, culture, and more classical art history has greatly influenced my decision to research contemporary Japanese artistic practices as it has given me an appreciation for both western non-western influences on young Japanese artists that inspires me to promote a more nuanced reading of their place within the spectrum of contemporary artistic practice. Without my time in Japan, I do not think I would have the skills or visual experience necessary to approach this subject matter in a graduate program, or through the internships and fellowships I am currently pursuing.” – KCJS 13 (2001-2002)

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Courses to be offered in 2019-2020

(By clicking on the title links below, you can view course descriptions or syllabi (the latter will be posted as they become available). Please note that some syllabi are samples from previous semesters and are subject to change. Faculty biographical statements may be accessed by clicking on their names.)

Fall 2019 (4 points each. All course numbers begin with: EAAS OC3993:)

SPRING 2020 (4 points each. All course numbers begin with: EAAS OC3993:)

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