Language Education

Dean of Graduate School of Language Education

Welcome to the Chikuro Hiroike Graduate School of Language Education!
This is where people who are interested in “language” gather. Some investigate how language works or is used, and some pursue how language could be best taught or learned. Yet others seek to deepen their understanding of societies and cultures that are inextricably intertwined with language. But we all share the mission of being actively involved in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and mindset that will allow us to broaden our views, connect with others, and create visions so essential for success in this ever-growing and globalizing world.

The graduate school offers three programs: Japanese Language Education, English Language Education, and Comparative Civilizations and Cultures. The fields of linguistics and language teaching form the core of the first two programs. The third program is multidisciplinary, including the fields of humanities and social sciences, and comparative approaches and methods are applied to explore and understand societies and cultures. Analytical and research skills are the building blocks of all the programs. From the very start of graduate life at Reitaku, students have ample opportunities to develop these skills and steadily forge their professional career paths. The student body is made up of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and nationalities. A wide range of support is available to students to help them truly make the most of their graduate life. Faculty members are active in diverse research fields and are also committed to foster students’ intellectual and personal development. The graduate school is small enough to allow us to engage in stimulating personal-level interactions among students, faculty, and staff members. Reitaku’s beautiful green campus sets the stage for lifelong education and meaningful communication between people beyond border, gender, or generation. To come to Reitaku for graduate study is to encounter the welcoming environment of an educational community dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and virtue that will serve the broader society.


Satomi Kurosu has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington. She has been active in both teaching and research in the area of historical demography and family sociology. She is a core member of the Eurasia Project, an international collaboration on the study of family and population history, and is the director of the Population and Family History Project at Reitaku which hosts and utilizes a comprehensive collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century population records.