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Japan in Asia Cultural Studies Program

Program Overview


B.A. with an Extended Major in Japanese and Cultures




School of Humanities

The Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies (JACS) program explores the rich and complex culture and history of Japan and its relations with other East Asian countries. With particular emphasis on cultural history, cinema and visual culture, and literature, the curriculum is designed to help you master critical literacy and communication skills while acquiring a broad perspective on Japanese culture in Asia and specialized knowledge in one or more disciplines. In addition, the graduate program provides opportunities to interact with internationally distinguished scholars from different countries at international conferences, workshops, and other events in Nagoya and around Japan and the world.

Message From Program Director

Nagoya University is one of the top ranked universities in Japan. Here, students and scholars work together, engage in top-notch research to pursue scientific discoveries and invent new state-of-the-art technologies. Six Nobel Prizes have been awarded to scholars associated with Nagoya University. Dr. Hiroshi Amano, Professor of Engineering, remains an active faculty member, teaching, directing, and overseeing research activities in his laboratory. He was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the energy-efficient blue light-emitting diode (LED) together with Professor Isamu Akasaki and Professor Shuji Nakamura at UC Santa Barbara. This invention changed our world and our daily lives. Nagoya University students study with top scholars in their fields, such as Dr. Amano.

Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies


The Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies Program (JACS) is a four-year undergraduate program that immerses students in the complex and fascinating relationships between Japan and other East Asian countries. JACS is designed for students who are interested in global developments, both political and cultural, and who are passionate about understanding the complexities of the world we live in. The program begins with introductory level courses in literature, cinema and visual culture studies, and history, providing students with a strong foundation in the key concepts and theories of cultural studies. As they progress, students will have the opportunity to take more specialized courses in their areas of interest, exploring the cultural dynamics that shape our world. In their fourth year, students will write a capstone thesis in one of the three fields, culminating their studies with an in-depth research project that showcases their mastery of the subject matter.

JACS is looking for curious, open-minded students who are eager to learn about new cultures and perspectives. Ideal candidates are those who enjoy thinking deeply about complex issues and are committed to making a positive impact in the world. The program emphasizes the development of vital academic skills such as critical thinking, analytical reading, and effective communication. Graduates of the JACS program are equipped to engage with ongoing global issues and to facilitate cultural exchange and friendship between Japan and the world. The program offers a vibrant and intellectually stimulating community of scholars and students from around the globe and provides students with access to a wide range of resources, including opportunities to connect with internationally distinguished scholars, participate in study abroad programs, and engage in original research. Prospective applicants are welcome and encouraged to contact the faculty if they have questions.



Interdisciplinary Humanities Program

The Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies (JACS) program is an interdisciplinary humanities program that explores the complex and multifaceted relationships between Japan and other East Asian countries. The JACS curriculum focuses on cultural history, cinema and visual culture, and literature, but it is important to note that this program goes beyond the mere study of culture. 

Developing Soft Skills

This program provides students with opportunities to engage with a range of critical and theoretical approaches to cultural analysis, enabling them to develop the skills necessary to analyze and critique cultural texts and practices in a nuanced and thoughtful manner. 


Past Undergraduate Research Themes

Introduction to JACS



There are good employment prospects for JACS graduates both in Japan and around the world. Of course, there is a path to continue studying at the Graduate School of Humanities at Nagoya University, where you can further pursue your academic interests in modern literature, cinema, and/or history in JACS, or study another humanities field in the Graduate School of Humanities.

Where our alumni have gone:

  • Pursuing advanced degree (master’s and/or doctoral degree) and working as a post-doc, etc.
  • Tourism
  • Journalism
  • Working in culture and media industries
  • Working in government offices