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Faculty of Letters

Acquisition of global perspectives
starts by understanding Japan
Faculty of Letters
Those who are able to communicate equally with people of different cultural backgrounds and have an ability to exercise leadership are appealing. In order to put on such qualities, however, we need to understand our own culture and acquire the ability to talk to people from different cultural backgrounds. Since its founding, Faculty of Letters has consistently pursued and explored the mentality and spirit of the Japanese people that underlies the tradition and culture of Japan. The fundamentals for the students living in a new society are built on this.

Departments

Department of Shinto

Study “Shinto,” the source of Japanese culture, in Ise, close to Jingu
Shinto is the source of a uniquely Japanese sensitivity and aesthetic sense that has been passed down unbroken through the generations since time immemorial. The study of Shinto is nothing less than walking the paths that our ancestors created and learning the true essence of our country’s history, culture, and spirit. In the Department of Shinto, students learn about Shinto in one of the rare places that enables them to obtain the rank of Shinto priest during their four years of study. The faculty members in the department possess a wealth of experience and are very accomplished.
One of the department’s distinguishing characteristics is that students can take advantage of its close proximity to the Jingu History Museum (Jingu Chokokan), which holds and displays many cultural properties; the Jingu Library, which holds important written materials related to Shinto; and Jingu, which is nearby the campus. Graduates of the department are highly valued not only at Shinto shrines but also in the public and private sectors.
◆ Shinto study course ◆ Japanese culture course
epartment of Shinto Studies

Department of Japanese Literature

Study a world of beautiful words in classical literature
The Department of Japanese Literature, which has more than 130 years of tradition and history, was born out of a desire to have students learn from the great minds of our ancestors, and the foundation of scholarship there is found in the interpretation and annotation of classical texts. In addition to Japanese literature and Japanese language, our full-time facultyʼs wide range of specializations include literature written in Classical Chinese, Bibliography and Library Science, and Calligraphy for a total of eleven fields of study. Our students are active outside of the classroom visiting the sites of masterpieces in research trips (fieldwork) and literary strolls, both of which are opportunities to deepen their understanding of Japanese literature as something that is rooted in the Japanese landscape.
One characteristic of the department is that students receive individualized guidance in a homelike atmosphere through having lectures and seminars with small class sizes. Graduates of the department, who have gained fluency in beautiful Japanese—the ability to express themselves in appropriate Japanese, are heavily relied upon in society, where they are active in a large number of fields.
◆ Japanese language and Japanese literature course
◆ Library and cultural administration course
◆ Calligraphy and Classical Chinese course
Department of Japanese Literature

Department of Japanese History

Understand our ancestors’ way of life through cultural properties and old documents
The Department of Japanese History, together with the Department of Japanese Literature, has a tradition stretching back to the opening of our university. Based on close readings of historical materials, we carry out the investigation of historical facts. We foster a method of study that develops historical theories from an unbiased, reliable historical perspective grounded in Japanese culture and traditions. As the name of our department suggests, we specialize in the study of the “nationʼs” (koku) “history” (shi), or Japanese history, and we have designed a curriculum that includes the study of East Asian history, which is deeply connected with Japan. Each time period, from the ancient to the modern, is represented in the specialties of our full-time faculty, and the members of our department provide individualized guidance for students.
In particular, we devote much of our effort to training students in interpreting historical materials, and many of our graduates who have gained practical competence are active at the forefront of their professions in academia and education. They have contributed outstanding research to a large number of sub-fields including political, legal, socio-economic, intellectual, and religious history.
◆ Historical education course ◆ Cultural property course
Department of Japanese History

Department of Communication

What society is looking for from you now is communication competency
In our global society, where it is becoming increasingly important for us to use the spoken word, written word, and information as means of communication, it is essential to have the ability to express yourself in both Japanese and an international language such as English, gather information, and communicate effectively. Then, what is communication? You might be thinking that it only refers to interactions among people. However, communication is also about humans mediating close interactions between people and local regions, society, and nature. The spoken word, the written word, and information connect these interactions in complex ways, and these interactions shape society and culture in local regions. In the Department of Communication, these organic connections are understood by drawing upon several perspectives including psychology, English, information technology, foreign cultural studies, and regional studies in order to improve everyone’s communication competency.
◆ Human relationships course ◆ English communication course
Communication Department

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