To earn this PhD, you need to hit the books—specifically, Japanese comic books. Japan's Kyoto Seika University will launch the country's first doctoral program in manga studies next year, it announced today. The private university is well known for its manga and anime programs, and established a master's degree course in manga last year.
The university says it has received overseas requests for an advanced center for manga research, and that the industry is in transition amid globalization and the growth of digital media. Competition for the academic program will be fierce: The university plans to enroll only four doctoral students starting next year. (Read more manga stories.)