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1874 Bishop Channing Moore Williams establishes a small private school to teach Christian Bible and English studies in Tsukiji, Tokyo. A few students enroll, and soon after, the school is named Rikkyo School.
1883 Rikkyo School is renamed Rikkyo University School.
1907 Rikkyo University School is reclassified from a specialty school, and renamed Rikkyo University.
1918 Rikkyo University moves to Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The main building, Rikkyo All Saints Chapel, dormitories (currently buildings No. 2 and No. 3) and dining hall are constructed.
1922 Rikkyo University receives government accreditation and establishes the College of Arts with the departments of English Literature,Philosophy, Religion, and History Studies as well as the College of Commerce and Preparatory Studies.
1949 After World War II, a new education system is established in Japan, and Rikkyo University meets the accreditation requirements. Three colleges and respective departments are founded: the College of Arts (with the five departments of Christian Studies, English and American Literature, History, Sociology, and Psychology and Education), the College of Economics (with the two departments of Economics and Business Administration), and the College of Science (with the three departments of Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry).
1956 The Department of Japanese Literature is established within the College of Arts.
1958 The Department of Sociology within the College of Arts is closed, and the College of Sociology is created.
1959 The College of Law and Politics is established.
1962 The Department of Psychology and Education is divided into two, establishing the Department of Psychology and the Department of Education as two autonomous departments within the College of Arts.
1963 The Department of French Literature and the Department of German Literature are established within the College of Arts.
1964 The Department of Industrial Relations is established within the College of Sociology.
1967 The Department of Tourism is established within the College of Sociology.
1988 The Department of International and Comparative Law is established within the College of Law and Politics.
1990 Rikkyo University opens a second campus in Niiza, Saitama Prefecture.
1996 The Department of Politics is established within the College of Law and Politics.
1997 Rikkyo University launches the university-wide General Curriculum.
1998 The College of Tourism and the College of Community and Human Services are established and are located on the Niiza campus.
2002 The departments of Accounting and Finance, Life Science, and Contemporary Culture and Society are established within the College of Economics, the College of Science, and the College of Sociology, respectively.
The Graduate School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Social Design Studies, and Graduate School of Intercultural Communication are established as independent programs and are located on the Ikebukuro campus.
2004 Law School opens on the Ikebukuro campus.
2006 The College of Business (with the departments of Business and Global Business) and the Graduate School of Business open on the Ikebukuro campus. The College of Contemporary Psychology (with the departments of Psychology and Body Expression and Cinematic Arts) and the Graduate School of Contemporary Psychology open on the Niiza campus.
Four colleges establish the following new departments: the College of Economics introduces the Department of Economic Policy Studies; the College of Sociology introduces the Department of Communication and Media Studies; the College of Tourism introduces the Department of Culture and Tourism Studies; and the College of Community and Human Studies introduces the departments of Social Work and Community Development.
2007 The Department of International and Comparative Law within the College of Law and Politics is renamed as the Department of International Business Law.
2008 The College of Intercultural Communication is established on the Ikebukuro campus.
The Department of Sport and Wellness is established within the College of Community and Human Services on the Niiza campus.
2009 The Graduate School of Christian Studies is established on the Ikebukuro campus.
2011 The Center for Japanese Language Education opens to support international students and visiting scholars.
2012 The Ikebukuro Library opens as a new, state-of-the-art facility capable of holding more than two million books.
2013 The Paul Rusch Athletics Center located on the Ikebukuro campus is completed.
2014 Rikkyo celebrates its 140th anniversary. The Rikkyo Gakuin Pavilion "The Heritage and Future of Rikkyo" opens on the Ikebukuro campus.
2015 The St. Paul’s Aquatics Center located on the Niiza campus is completed.

Reveal the path but restrain the ego.

Channing Moore Williams

Bishop Channing Moore Williams, a missionary of the American Episcopal Church*, opened a private school in 1874, the forerunner of today’s Rikkyo University. Bishop Williams, who disliked good deeds done for the sake of appearance or to gain fame, lived by the words, “Reveal the path but restrain the ego.” This is the spirit that built Rikkyo University,and cherished by each successive generation. This spirit lives on today.

* The Anglican-Episcopal Church of Japan is a Christian denomination created from its parent organization, the Anglican Church. It was founded by Bishop Williams in 1859, a time when propagating Christianity was prohibited in Japan.

Channing Moore Williams (1829 - 1910, USA)

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