The Faculty of Letters aims to foster globally minded students who, with the ability to process information and analyze a wide variety of media, cultivate a keen interest in human beings, societies and cultures. Each student is expected to develop his/her own research topic of interest, and to develop the problem solving abilities required to contribute as a member of the global community.
Division of Behavioral Sciences
Philosophy, Cognitive and Information Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology
Division of History
Cultural Heritage, History of Images and Documents, History
Division of Japanese Studies
Japanese Literature, Japanese Linguistics / Applied Japanese Linguistics, Eurasian Languages and Cultures
Division of International Languages and Cultures
Comparative Culture Studies, Literary Studies, Linguistic and Cultural Studies
Jimbun Kenkyu (The Journal of the Humanities)
The Faculty of Letters offers a wide range of courses in the fields of national and international languages, literature, history, psychology, anthropology, and in the relatively new fields of cross-cultural studies, information science and theoretical linguistics. Progressing from fundamentals to specialties, students are given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills and to use them to contribute to society. Studying scientific, logical and critical ways of thinking helps students develop original ideas and makes them creative and productive in their academic studies and in their future careers. The Faculty’s philosophy is to encourage students to be humane leaders in this globalizing world.
The Division of Behavioral Sciences educates students in scientific and logical ways of thinking, advanced linguistic ability, and in developing an unbiased and independent mind.
The Division of Historyeducates students in the use of historical data, including letters, material objects and images, and to analyze personal or local issues from historical and universal viewpoints.
The Division of Japanese Studies develops students? linguistic ability in both Japanese and foreign tongues and motivates them to deepen their knowledge of Japan and the Eurasian world.
The Division of International Languages and Cultures develops student's interest and ability in the languages and cultures of foreign countries, and in appreciating the diversity of cultures.