Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Outline

  • Major Program
    • Students work in an area of specialization (their major program), which they choose based on their own motivation and interests.

  • The primary and secondary major system
    • Students develop their overall academic abilities by focusing on two main areas: a primary and secondary major.
      • In the secondary major, students pursue a practical trans-disciplinary program in global and regional human development that helps them to develop their capacity to contribute to society.

  • The newly established fields of sports science and arts and culture
    • As a result of the abolition of the Faculty of Education’s lifetime education program and its arts and culture program, we have newly incorporated studies in sports science and in arts and culture within the human culture course, and we have worked to enhance our comprehensive education capabilities.

Two Departments

 Department of Human Sciences and Cultural Studies
 We are working to address the physical, psychological, and cultural problems of people in regional communities.
 We aim to develop a comprehensive understanding based on the various fields of behavioral science, sports science, cultural science, and arts and culture.
 Department of Regional Policy
 We are working to create a sustainable society following post-earthquake reconstruction.
 We aim to gain an advanced and comprehensive understanding of law, economics, and environmental studies so as to nurture individuals to address regional development from a comprehensive and global perspective.

Majors in Department of Human Sciences and Cultural Studies

Majors Objectives and individuals to be nurtured
Studies in Behavioral Sciences The program nurtures individuals who have a comprehensive understanding of human behavior, based on the behavioral science approach (a combination of psychology, sociology, and information science), and who can properly deal with a variety of issues such as well-being and family problems, as well as the psychological and physical difficulties that their region’s residents face.
Studies in the Science of Sports The program nurtures individuals to become regional leaders in promoting physical and psychological health and urban development through sport. They gain a comprehensive grasp of essential knowledge in sports and health sciences, with a view toward lifelong learning.
Studies in Modern Culture The program nurtures individuals who can contribute to solving regional problems culturally, based on a major that encapsulates the generation, development, and transformation of cultural phenomena.
Studies in Intercultural Community Management The program nurtures individuals who can contribute to regional development by learning about the social mechanisms that negatively affect members of minority groups by gender, nationality, language, and ethnicity. Our students learn how to empower those who are experiencing or have experienced social exclusion, helping them to overcome that obstacle. Minority groups are disadvantaged in various ways, and they should receive external support so that they have the strength to change the circumstances in which they find themselves.
Studies in History The program nurtures individuals with an international outlook and a comparative perspective who have a broad historical understanding of Japan, Asia, and the West and who, by understanding the historical background of contemporary issues, can play an active role in contemporary society with increasing fluidity and movement across borders.
Studies in Arts and Culture The program nurtures individuals who can carry out practical education and research into arts and culture with a focus on the formative arts and can contribute to the activation and promotion of culture in a region.
Studies in English Language and its Cultures The program nurtures individuals who have practical communication skills, can function effectively in global society, and have deepened their understanding of the English-speaking world through the exploration of the language, culture, and literature of English-speaking countries.
Studies in European Languages and Cultures The program nurtures individuals to drive the globalization of regions in a multi-cultural society by deepening their understanding of neighboring regions and of the languages, cultures, and literature of Europe. We facilitate this understanding through vario us study-abroad and overseas problem-solving training programs, and we cultivate their language communication skills through international exchanges.
Studies in Asian Cultures The program nurtures individuals who have acquired a deep historical understanding of the Asian region and Japan’s involvement in it, as well as of neighboring regions—with a primary focus on Japan and China—and who have the abilities widely sought by contemporary society, including knowledge of multiple languages and a spirit of multiculturalism.

Majors in Department of Regional Policy

Majors Objectives and individuals to be nurtured
Studies in Law and Policy The program nurtures individuals who can, as public service providers, analyze and solve a variety of problems from a legal perspective.
Studies in Corporate Law The program nurtures individuals who can engage in the management and legal affairs of regional companies, as well as preparing our graduates to participate as entrepreneurs promoting regional industry.
Studies in Regional Social Economy The program nurtures individuals who, by learning theories and policies that are systematically related to regional economic development, can contribute to the sustainable recovery of regions facing the challenges of reconstruction and revitalization following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Studies in Regional Community Liaison The program nurtures individuals who are capable of performing community management; who recognize the diverse nature of society and can view regional issues, such as urban regeneration and regional revitalization, from the multiple perspectives of corporate management, welfare administration, and environmental coexistence; and who aim to build regions in which people and the environment can coexist.
Studies in Environmental Symbiosis Aiming at the construction of a sustainable and symbiotic society, the program nurtures individuals who possess practical knowledge and skills related to regional environmental policy and environmental management, and who can contribute toward sustainable regional development.

Cross-course program

※ Cannot be selected as the primary major program.

Secondary major program Objectives and individuals to be nurtured
Global and regional human development Based on the expertise that corresponds to the course with which the individual students are affiliated and taking advantage of the global perspective and practical abilities that our students acquire overseas, we develop their willingness and motivation to contribute toward solving various regional problems, including social, cultural, and environmental issues.

Admissions Policy

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences aims to nurture individuals who can contribute practically to regional communities and to the international community; who have professional knowledge and skills concerning humanity, culture, society, and the environment; and who can understand from a comprehensive viewpoint the problems of contemporary society that are related to the considerable changes brought about by globalization.

To that end, the Faculty is looking for candidates who have the following abilities and qualifications:

  • The capacity to think logically and basic academic skills related to humanity, culture, society, and the environment
  • The motivation to learn broadly about the state of humanity, culture, society, and the environment and their related problems
  • A positive attitude toward discussing their own ideas, accompanied by flexibility in understanding different views and diverse ways of thinking
  • Enthusiasm about contributing to and tackling, in a practical manner, a variety of issues faced by regional communities and the international community