With the spread of the Internet, it has become possible for people around the world to communicate with each other and obtain all kinds of information. There has also been an expansion on a global scale of new problems, such as instability, inequality and environmental issues. The School of Cultural and Social Studies tackles these issues through research and education that considers society from the viewpoint of culture - the various styles of life that humans have created. In order to build a peaceful, harmonious society, we study the diverse cultures of Asia, Europe and America, and seek to understand the efforts of the Nordic countries, whose residents report high levels of happiness. Our project unfurls stories, transmits messages and develops communication skills. Would you like to join us?
The School of Cultural and Social Studies seeks students who understand the School's goals for educational research and personnel development, and have the initiative to learn in order to achieve these goals.
People who have a sufficient level of basic academic skills and are able to acquire the knowledge necessary to fulfill the degree requirements designated by the School of Cultural and Social Studies.
 Knowledge • Skills
 Critical Thinking • Decision-making • Communication
Students should be able to apply knowledge/skills from both humanities and scientific subjects as well as learn to speak about both fields in an integrated manner.
 The Attitude to Learn Collaboratively with Others
Students should be able to develop the initiative to learn by understanding a diversity of viewpoints, building friendly relationships, challenging themselves, and persevering through disappointments to achieve their goals.
Deepen your understanding of dynamic Asia, and develop the ability to solve modern challenges.
From the Three Kingdoms to modern Islam, the Department of Asian Studies examines the diversity of modern Asia and Japan from three angles - "history and civilization," "culture and society," and "Asian languages." Students will also gain the ability to consider the reasons behind modern societal problems and how to solve these challenges.
Become successful international citizens who perceive modern society through a global lens.
Students will deepen their understanding of the various regional societies and cultures of Europe and America as well as gain an understanding of the regions' diversity through an exploration of their cultural roots. Students will also acquire the knowledge and spirit of coexistence necessary to be a modern international citizen by studying the fields of European and American literature/art, religion/philosophy, and history/society.
Nordic countries regularly top the World Happiness Report from the United Nations with strong ratings in welfare, gender equality, education and technological innovation, leading the world in those aspects. The Department of Nordic Studies offers social scientific explorations of the social systems and structures of the Nordic countries, along with studies of culture and history that examine the beliefs and values of the Nordic races, with a particular focus on cultural and historical aspects as well as Nordic mythology and literature. Students acquire a broad mindset and open-minded outlook, a flexible approach to thinking, and a creative drive that will provide them with strong foundations for designing their own futures. There is a heavy emphasis on the study of Nordic languages.
It is important to be able to convey and express thoughts and ideas accurately and effectively. We cannot express ourselves effectively unless we know how to use language properly. The Department of Creative Writing offers a broad selection of subjects that are predicated on the key concepts of reading, writing and learning. Students learn how to express themselves effectively and how to analyze and critique works of art and literature as well as society in general. The curriculum examines a variety of literature genres, including Japanese and foreign literature, modern literature and the classics, and explores multiple forms of expression including novels, poetry, film and theater. Through a combination of reading, learning and creating, students acquire fundamental skills of expression relevant to a range of different settings and environments.
The Department of Media Studies offers a comprehensive curriculum spanning multiple media genres including newspapers, broadcasting, publishing, advertising and the internet. Students explore the concept of information that has genuine social value and learn how to discern and extract social value of personal benefit. Students also develop next-generation leadership skills through a comprehensive examination of the theoretical constructs, industry conventions and techniques of content generation in three fields: news reporting, lifestyle and entertainment, and publicity and advertising. There are many opportunities to engage directly with industry groups and organizations within and outside the university, taking part in real-world projects such as program production and media planning.
The Department of Psychological and Sociological Studies provides a balanced curriculum that examines issues in modern society through a combination of psychology (the study of human behaviors) and sociology (the study of human society and interaction). Students learn about demonstrative analysis as they explore issues and develop skills in discussion and counseling. They also learn surveying and interviewing techniques for social research and practical skills for the modern world such as computer literacy and digital media competency. A dedicated subject on counseling theory and techniques is also offered, while additional assistance is provided for students keen to obtain external qualifications in psychology.