Graduate Program

Curriculum at a Glance

The Goal of the Graduate School of Global Communication and Language

The AIU Graduate School equips teachers and professionals with advanced knowledge, skills and expertise. In addition to the common courses which offer the basics of global communication, the Graduate School provides three programs to enhance students' professional expertise in theories and practices.

The information below is as of May, 2022. Courses are subject to change.

Common Courses

Complete 2 courses (6 credits) or more

Acquire the basic knowledge related to global communication which serves as the common foundation for the three fields of study, deepen understanding of global society and cultures as well as practical knowledge as a professional.

Required Elective

GCS600 (GCP630)*: Intro. to Global Communication
GCS601 (ELT641, GCP631)*: Language, Culture, and Identity
GCS602 (GCP632)*: Contemporary Issues in a Global Context
GCS607 (GCP637)*: Academic English for Global Professions
GCS608: Intro. to Japanese Studies (offered in Japanese only for int’l students)
GCS609 (GCP600)*: Strategies for Intercultural Communication
GCS610: Reflective Professional Experience (Applicable only for Gap Year participants)
GCS611: Interpreting (English/Japanese) I
GCS614 (GCP634)*: Communication Research Methods

* These courses may be counted as specialized course.

Specialized Courses

Students may enroll in three courses (3 credits) outside of their major program.

English Language Teaching Practices (ELT)

Complete 10 courses (30 credits) or more

Develop future leaders in English education with high language competency, specialized knowledge and practical expertise.

Teaching Practices

ELT601: Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Learning Materials
*ELT700: English Teaching Practice and Practice *ELT701-703: English Teaching Practice and Practice 1-3

Language Acquisition

ELT600: Introduction to Foreign Language Acquisition Methods
ELT660: Introduction to Language Teaching Practice Research

English Language

ELT610: Linguistic Foundations

* Required Electives


◎ELT606: Teaching English Conversation and Listening Comprehension as a Foreign Language
◎ELT607: Teaching English as a foreign language for reading comprehension and composition
◎ELT608: Vocabulary Acquisition
◎ELT609: Examination and Assessment of English as a Foreign Language
◎ELT611: Oral Grammar Education
ELT612: Sociolinguistics
◎ELT619: Teaching English to Children
◎ELT624: Teaching English in Higher Education
◎ELT631: How to Create Teaching Materials in English Education in Japan
◎ELT635: Applied Psycholinguistics for Language Teachers
ELT641: Language, Culture and Identity
ELT663: Teaching Research and Observation
ELT699: Academic Research Practice and Research Paper
ELT68X: Selective Theme Research on Language Teaching and Language Acquisition

†Offered every two years

Japanese Language Teaching Practices (JLT)

Complete 10 courses (30 credits) or more

Develop Japanese language teachers capable of succeeding in educational institutions in Japan and abroad with a high-level of specialized knowledge and techniques.

Teaching Practices

JLT604: Teaching materials and tools for Japanese language education
JLT650: Japanese Language Teaching Practice Plan
JLT651: Japanese Language Teaching Practice Research (Akita)
JLT652: Japanese Language Teaching Practical Research (Overseas) and Completion Thesis
JLT653: Japanese Language Teaching Completion Thesis (required only for those who are eligible for recurrent education)
JLT654: Japanese Language Teaching Practical Research (required for recurrent education students only)


JLT601: Elementary Japanese Grammar I
JLT602: Japanese Intermediate and Advanced Education
JLT606: Japanese Speech and Phonetic Language Teaching
JLT609: Japanese Language Teaching Evaluation Method
JLT614: Elementary Grammar for Teaching Japanese Ⅱ
JLT615: Second Language Acquisition Theory for Japanese Language Teaching
JLT616: Introduction to Japanese Language Education
JLT619: Japanese Language Education in a Diversifying Society
JLT620: Teaching and Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
JLT660~665: Japanese Autonomous Research Ⅰ~VI

Global Communication Practices (GCP)

Complete 11 courses (31 credits) or more

Develop individuals capable of succeeding in international media or institutions settings with high-level communication skills, such as information collection, dissemination, negotiation, and interpretation.


GCP645: Completion Project Plan

Subjects related to research techniques and interpretation techniques

*GCP601: Organizational communication
*GCP642: Introduction to International Public Relations
*GCP643: Introduction to International Journalism

* Required Electives

Required for Completion
Research and Practices

*GCP649: Research paper guidance
*GCP650: Communication power practice research

* Required Electives


GCP600: Strategies for Intercultural Communication
◎GCP604: Strategic Negotiation
◎GCP613: Debate techniques
GCP614: Interpretation Techniques II
GCP620: Listening and Dissemination of International Press
GCP622: Communication and Organizational Behavior
◎GCP624: Leadership and Group Communication
GCP630: Introduction to Global Communications
GCP631: Language, Culture and Identity
GCP632: Globalization and International Relations
GCP633: ​​Digital Marketing and Advertising
GCP634: Communication Research Survey Act
◎GCP635: Public Speaking and Effective Presentations
GCP637: Academic English for Global Society

†Offered every two years


ELT/JLT 36 credits or more
GCP 37 units or more
GPA Completion Requirements: Achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher