Divisions of the School/Faculty of Arts & Letters, Tohoku U.
At present, the Graduate School has four major divisions that are divided into 19 programs of study, as shown in the table below.
The fields of scholarly research in the Faculty of Arts and Letters and Graduate School of Arts and Letters are similar, with the latter having a special program in collaboration with other organizations that consists of inviting specialists outside of the university to take part in courses in three fields. Both schools are devoted to the study of the true nature of humanity and society through a unique, multidisciplinary approach involving such diverse fields as culture, history, linguistics, philosophy and behavioral science, thus distinguishing them from programs at other universities. By making full use of their abundant academic resources to deal with the numerous problems facing modern-day society from a universal viewpoint, these schools contribute to the preservation and elevation of Japan's cultural standards by presenting its citizens with a healthy humanistic approach to learning.
Students in their second year of undergraduate study at the university select a specific field to specialize in and start taking courses in their major. Under the guidance of one or more professors in their area of interest, students do research on their graduation thesis using their inquisitive natures and unique viewpoints to carry out original scholarly research.
The Graduate School is divided into the two-year master's program and three-year doctoral program. In the master's program, students are trained to become specialists who will work in non-academic sectors, while in the doctoral program, candidates are groomed to become top-class researchers and scholars. In both programs, the highest priority is given to original research with each department placing emphasis on its system of guidance and counsel to foster such work. In the master's program, there is an adult education program for working adults to return for "refresher" courses every year, and participants include businessmen, teachers and curators who wish to acquire the latest information in their respective fields. In the doctoral program, there is a professional researcher's course for thoes who are already employed at research institutes to receive guidance and counsel. In this program, a doctoral degree could be obtained while these researchers continue to work at their respective positions.
The Graduate School of Arts and Letters holds entrance examinations twice a year in spring and fall to extend more opportunities for examinees to enter the master's or doctoral programs.