The School of Humanities and Culture seeks to develop “human power" and produce graduates who are useful to society, through comprehensive studies in a wide range of fields unconstrained by the specialist fields of individual departments. The SOHUM program, launched in 2010 and selected for the Gendai GP (Good Practice) program from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, includes many practical curriculum components that take advantage of concrete links to local communities rather than focusing solely on classroom studies. In this way, we develop the foundations for applying “human power" developed at the university to actual society. Act on your own initiative and acquire a variety of experiences and hone your “basic power as a full-fledged member of society" in order to realize your dreams in the School of Humanities and Culture.
Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to self-motivated study along with an appreciation of and desire to attain the five learning objectives of the School of Humanities and Culture as follows:
The Environment and Resources course is centered around natural science subjects since natural science is important to the resolution of environmental issues and includes a large number of subjects in the humanities and the social sciences. This makes it possible for students to develop a broad-minded perspective without being constrained by their own field of specialization. In addition to regular classes and experiments, students acquire practical knowledge through experiential learning. An insistence on small class sizes creates an environment that is conducive for maximizing the thinking faculties and powers of judgment of each and every individual student.
Various issues that are occurring at present on the planet are a complex combination of three elements: the environment, welfare, and business. Through exploration of how these elements are interrelated, we can identify the best approach to resolving issues.
The curriculum is based on the discipline of economics and has a strong emphasis on the real world, and includes field studies in Japan and overseas. The Human Welfare Environment course equips graduates with the capacity to resolve issues based on new conceptions.
The Music course offers a choice of six streams: music studies, teaching, performance, composition and sound, music therapy, and curating and music management. You can choose any subjects you like from one or more streams.
Each field offers intensive study of theoretical knowledge to complement the study of technique. Music therapy, for example, involves collaboration with the School of Medicine in a unique medical approach that is not seen at any other university. You may also take classes from multiple streams.
The Department of Arts—Fine Arts provides a number of course completion models including Painting and Drawing, 3D Production, Art History, Materials and Techniques, and Curation, Art Education and Art Production.
The Fine Arts course is designed to impart an aesthetic sensitivity augmented by flexibility of insight and accurate judgment in accordance with the prevailing circumstances, to complement the teaching of fundamental knowledge and techniques. Students pursue specialized art and develop a broad-minded outlook on social activity as a basis for action.
There is a choice of five programs: Graphic, Product, Interior, Artistic and Entertainment. Modern design is required to be approached from a wide range of domains including planning and produce. Through a fusion of knowledge and practical skills, students acquire “collective strength" and become professionals with the ability to design in accordance with the needs of the time.
The Department of International Studies strives to develop graduates capable of connecting to the world through full mobilization of the heart and the head and hands and feet. To this end, the Department insists on small class sizes with a strong emphasis on student participation and many “field activities" both in Japan and overseas that are part of an overarching “action-oriented" paradigm.
In addition to acquiring “useful English" skills, students are encouraged to study multiple languages. Many students choose to pursue their studies overseas through traineeships and study abroad programs. In Japan, meanwhile, there are many volunteering activities that provide opportunities to mix with international students and children who are not Japanese nationals.