Degree Programs

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, 2021. 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
  • GCS 600 (GCP 630)*: Intro. to Global Communication
  • GCS 601 (ELT 641, GCP 631)*: Language, Culture, and Identity
  • GCS 602 (GCP 632)*: Contemporary Issues in a Global Context
  • GCS 607 (GCP 637)*: Academic English for Global Professions
  • GCS 608: Intro. to Japanese Studies (offered in Japanese only for int’l students)
  • GCS 609 (GCP 600)*: Strategies for Intercultural Communication
  • GCS 610: Reflective Professional Experience (Applicable only for Gap Year participants)
  • GCS 611: Interpreting (English/Japanese) I
  • GCS 614 (GCP 634)*: Communication Research Methods

*These courses may be counted as specialized course.

Specialized Courses

Students may enroll in three courses (9 credits) outside of their major program.

English Language Teaching Practices

Complete 10 courses (30 credits) or more
Develop future leaders in English education with high language competency, specialized knowledge and practical expertise.

Required *Required Electives
Teaching Practices
  • ELT 601: EFL Teaching Methods and Materials
  • *ELT 700: English Teaching Practicum with Seminar
  • *ELT 701-703: English Teaching Seminar I-III
Language Acquisition
  • ELT 600: Intro. to Foreign Language Acquisition
  • ELT 660: Intro. to Research Methods in Language Education
English Language
  • ELT 610: Linguistic Foundations
Electives †Offered every two years
  • †ELT 606: Teaching EFL Speaking and Listening
  • †ELT 607: Teaching EFL Reading and Writing
  • †ELT 608: Teaching Vocabulary in a Foreign Language
  • †ELT 609: EFL Testing and Assessment
  • †ELT 611: Pedagogical/Communicative Grammar
  • ELT 612: Sociolinguistics
  • †ELT 619: Teaching English to Young Learners
  • †ELT 631: Materials Development in the Context of English Education in Japan
  • †ELT 635: Applied Psycholinguistics for Language Teachers
  • ELT 641: Language, Culture, and Identity
  • ELT 663: Classroom Research and Observation
  • ELT 699: Scholarly Research and Paper
  • ELT 68X: Special Topics in Language Teaching/Learning

English Language Teaching Practices

Japanese Language Teaching Practices

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
  • JLT 604: Teaching Materials and Aids for Japanese Language Teaching
  • JLT 650: Design of Japanese Language Teaching Practicum
  • JLT 651: Japanese Language Teaching Practicum in Akita
  • JLT 652: Japanese Language Teaching Practicum on Abroad and Writing Action Research Paper
  • JLT 653: Japanese Language Teaching Action Research Paper (for the students targeted for Recurrent Education)
  • JLT 654: Japanese Language Teaching Practicum for Recurrent Education (for the students targeted for Recurrent Education)
  • JLT 601: Japanese Pedagogical Grammar for Beginners I
  • JLT 602: Japanese Language Teaching for Intermediate and Advanced Students
  • JLT 606: Pedagogy for Japanese Speech Sounds and Prosody
  • JLT 609: Evaluation and Testing in Japanese Language Teaching
  • JLT 614: Japanese Pedagogical Grammar for Beginners II
  • JLT 615: SLA theories for Japanese Language Teaching
  • JLT 616: Intro. to Japanese Language Teaching
  • JLT 619: Teaching Japanese to Learners from Diverse Communities
  • JLT 620: Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • JLT 660-665: Japanese Independent Study I-VI

Japanese Language Teaching Practices

Global Communication Practices

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.

Required *Required Elective
  • GCP 645: Design of Graduation Project
Research/Interpreting Methods
  • *GCP 601: Organizational Communication
  • *GCP 642: Intro. to International Public Relations
  • *GCP 643: Intro. to International Journalism
Required for Completion *Required Elective
Research and Practices
  • *GCP 649: Scholarly Research and Paper
  • *GCP 650: Global Communication Practicum
Electives †Offered every two years
  • GCP 600: Strategies for Intercultural Communication
  • †GCP 604: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • †GCP 613: Debate and Discussion
  • GCP 614: Interpreting (English/Japanese) II
  • GCP 620: Discussing Global News
  • GCP 622: Communication and Organizational Behavior
  • †GCP 624: Leadership and Group Communication
  • GCP 630: Intro. to Global Communication
  • GCP 631: Language, Culture, and Identity
  • GCP 632: Contemporary Issues in a Global Context
  • GCP 633: Digital Marketing and Advertising
  • GCP 634: Communication Research Methods
  • GCP 637: Academic English for Global Professions

Global Communication Practices


  • ELT/JLT: 36 credits or more
  • GCP: 37 credits or more
  • GPA Requirement: To achieve and maintain GPA 3.0 or above