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College of Arts

The college aims to enhance students’ ability to capture the true essence ofhumanities by teaching them to ponder questions of “human culture,” such as linguistics, education, and language arts, through philosophy, history, poetry, literature, and literary criticism.

Department of Christian Studies

Students examine aspects of the world and human nature, ranging from literature, music, art, and international conflict to Japanese society and culture, all from the perspective of Christianity. The department approaches Christianity itself as a discipline and examines the ideas, culture, and art that Christianity has impacted and that have impacted Christianity.

Department of Letters

Course of English and American Literature

Students will not only acquire English-language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) but also become familiar with the cultures and literature of the English-speaking world. They will apply their English skills by discussing what is happening in the world and what we should do about it.

Course of German Literature

Students will not only become familiar with the German language but also study the literature and culture of the German-speaking region, including Viennese music, works of great poets and authors such as Goethe and Kafka, medieval German cities and architecture, and Nazism and its negative legacy. The department also provides assistance for those wishing to enter study abroad programs and/or prepare for language proficiency exams.

Course of French Literature

By studying the French language as well as reexamining the world from the perspective of the French language, students have opportunities to study the cultures, literature, and philosophies of the French-speaking world. While doing so, they can delve into the history and literature of different worlds? worlds that span beyond national boundaries and are infused with diverse cultures and people.

Course of Japanese Literature

The course offers lectures and seminars focused on the entire span of Japanese literature, from the ancient to the modern, covering all aspects of the Japanese language. Specifically, students will study a variety of topics and materials, such as the prose literature of the Heian period, the realistic literature of the Edo period, and modern novels, as well as the terminology and grammar of all ages.

Course of Philosophy and Creative Writing

By engaging in seminar-format debates and critiques of the works of their fellow classmates, students will develop the ability to articulate their ideas in their own words. For their senior theses, students will aim to submit original works in the form of a poem, novel, literary critique, cultural critique (on music, theater, art, or an element of subculture), philosophical treatise, or thesis on thought.

Department of History

Course of World History, Course of Japanese History, Course of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

This department aims to help students better understand contemporary society and their own positions within it by helping them understand their own historical and cultural backgrounds. Students join a particular course starting in their second year.

Department of Education

The study of education is positioned here as an integrated study of humankind in which students perform multifaceted analyses and investigations of the human being as constantly developing and changing entity. Instructors from the College of Arts collaborate across departments to teach classes jointly in this department. Students will study a combination of such topics as household education, school education, social education, international comparative education, and environmental education.

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