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School of Cultural and Social Studies

Key features

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of world cultures
    Covers all the issues facing the world, including history, languages, etc. Deepens multicultural understanding and fosters the international sensitivity necessary to navigate today's global society
  2. Fosters people who can address the challenges of modern society
    Learn about different aspects of expression, media and communications. Develop the ability to solve various modern problems arising from increasing globalization and digitalization
  3. Cultivate linguistic expression skills to use in the real world
    A full array of programs that develop linguistic expression skills Attain the ability to express thoughts precisely and effectively under any circumstances

Admission criteria

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.

Applicant Qualifications

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.

[1] Knowledge • Skills

  • For English, it is advisable for students to acquire English language reading comprehension, expression and communication skills through their high school English courses.
  • For Japanese, it is advisable for students to acquire reading comprehension, expression and communication skills through their high school Japanese courses.
  • For Social Studies, it is advisable for students to select a few courses from their high school's social studies offerings (world history, Japanese history, geography, politics • economics, ethics, modern society) and understand the material in those subjects.
  • For mathematics and science, it is advisable for students to have a broad understanding of the natural sciences as necessary for studying the humanities.

[2] 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.

[3] 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.

Department of Asian Studies

Deepen your understanding of dynamic Asia, and develop the ability to solve modern challenges.

Key features

  1. Knowledge of Asian cultures and history
  2. Asian language skills
  3. The power and initiative to solve problems
Department of Asian Studies

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.

Department of European and American Studies

Become successful international citizens who perceive modern society through a global lens.

Key features

  1. Deep understanding of Europe and America
  2. Necessary knowledge to become international citizens
  3. The power to achieve independence and coexistence

Using the study of European and American civilization as a springboard to further international awareness in the global age

Department of European and American Studies

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.

Department of Nordic Studies

Examine the social and cultural aspects of the Nordic region, home to the most content people in the world, as a guide to shaping your own future

Department of Nordic Studies

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.

Department of Creative Writing

Key features

  1. Reading, studying and critiquing works
  2. Honing your skills of expression
  3. Interpreting art, literature and society

All roads lead to language, and language leads to everything

Department of Creative Writing

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.

Department of Media Studies

Key features

  1. Comprehensive curriculum spanning multiple genres
  2. Combination of theoretical and practical studies
  3. Learn how to identify and communicate information of value

Learn how to interpret different media forms and use media in a variety of settings

Department of Media Studies

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.

Department of Psychological and Sociological Studies

Key features

  1. Study psychology and sociological studies
  2. Learn about human psychology and behaviors and social structures
  3. Develop practical skills and techniques

Analysis of human psychology and behavior and social structures as the basis for developing problem-solving skills

Department of Psychological and Sociological Studies

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.