Academic disciplines that can be studied

Philosophy, Ethics and History of Ideas, Art Studies, Psychology
Sociology, Geography, Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology
Japanese History, Asian History, Western History
Linguistics, Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Literature, Chinese Literature, Korean Language and Culture

Educational policy

While incorporating varied knowledge—relating to history, literature, art, humanity, language—the humanities fundamentally and multilaterally reexamine manmade cultural and societal values from a global perspective, while conducting multifaceted research conforming to the realities of various aspects of society and their communities. By acquiring the deep knowledge, intellect, and logical thinking skills of the humanities, with the Humanities course list, students will gain: the capacity to continue life long learning; knowledge and skills sought after in our modern, globalized society; and foster the practical skills to utilize them. By doing so, we aim to educate people capable of contributing to the creation of new culture and society, who can independently think and act in any environment—while rooted in the essence of human culture and society.

Admissions policy(student admission policy, skills desired at time of enrollment)

  1. Knowledge/Understanding
  2. Possess the knowledge and skills equivalent to a senior high school in the Japanese language, foreign languages, geography, history, civics, mathematics, science, etc., disciplines.
  3. Thinking/Judgment
  4. Can consider matters from various perspectives and summarize their own ideas.
  5. Interest/Enthusiasm/Attitude
  6. Interested in and concerned with language, literature, culture, history, humanity, ideas, their local community, etc., and would like to study them at the university level.
  7. Skills/Expression
  8. Able to express their own opinions regarding questions provided in an easy to comprehend manner.

Curriculum policy(Curriculum planning and implementation policy, curriculum features and characteristics)

  • Separated into introductory education courses, foundation courses, expanded courses, seminar courses, practical courses, and integrated courses.
  • We guarantee that students can be free and flexible in designing their own curriculum, based on their interest and concerns regarding a wide range of disciplines and deeply specialized disciplines.
  • With the introductory course, there are classes provided: on basic humanities, to that make you think upon what the humanities are; on literacy education through Japanese expressions; on Japanese culture; and on fostering functional English capacity.
  • With the foundation course, there are introductory classes in every discipline—where foundational knowledge and basic methods are learned.
  • With the expanded course—based on the knowledge and fundamental methods gained in the specialized foundation course—special lectures to gain further specialized knowledge and methods have been prepared.
  • With the seminar course, foundational and specialized seminars have been prepared to provide students with a full education—through guidance in small classes.
  • With the practical course—in order to foster decision making skills in a practical setting, and have students acquire social adaptability—we have prepared courses in three disciplines: societal practices, communications, and cultural research.
  • With the integrated course, students acquire foundational knowledge on the social sciences.

Diploma Policy(Degree conferment policy, capacities acquired by graduation)

  1. Knowledge/Understanding
  2. Have acquired foundational knowledge of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  3. Acquired specialized knowledge regarding the humanities, including: languages, history, literature, art, humans, language, etc.
  4. Thinking/Judgment
  5. Can carry out an investigation into the topic of their choice that is rooted in the research methodology of each academic discipline.
  6. Can fundamentally reexamine matters from a multifaceted perspective—rooted in global mindedness.
  7. Interest/Enthusiasm/Attitude
  8. Acquired the capacity to think independently, and act in a practical setting based on their knowledge of the humanities.
  9. Have the drive to use their knowledge of humanities to contribute to their local community and our global society.
  10. Skills/Expression
  11. Can gather, organize, and objectively analyze information.
  12. Able to listen to the opinions of others, and can appropriately express their own thoughts verbally and in writing.

Night-based programs for those working during the day

Night-based programs offer classes primarily at night on weekdays and on Saturday afternoons. A wide variety of students choose these programs, including people in the workforce who want to study at night, people who want to study to prepare themselves to pursue a new goal now that their children have reached a certain age, people who want to study again after retirement, and young students who are looking for the most economical way to study. The greatest draw of the night-based programs is the opportunity to meet students from a variety of generations and study together, encourage each other, and drive each other to excel.

Classes for the night-based programs are held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturday afternoons. Students may also take classes from the day-based programs, and credits from those classes can count toward graduation as long as they are within 30 units. At the end of their first year, night-based students choose either the Law/Policy Studies program or the Humanities Program. In the Law/Policy Studies program, students can study the main social science areas evenly. In the Humanities program, students have access to the same content as the day-based program.