The Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences is a faculty of integrated humanities and social sciences and consists of two departments – the Department of Human Sciences and Cultural Studies and the Department of Law, Economics and Public Policy – and has a variety of full-time teachers covering the whole spectrum of human sciences and social sciences.
Boasting high educational and research capabilities, it carries out active wide-ranging education and research on human beings and society with content-rich curricula. Students are trained in strictly small classes and after graduation, they become active players in the public service and educational areas or in the frontline of business.
In the swell of globalization today, traditional values are changing, producing cultural and social problems one after another. The Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences develops sensible people capable of coping with various community problems and internationalization with a broad view.
The Department of Human Sciences and Cultural Studies has professors with various specialties from psychology, linguistics, information science and other sciences to literature, arts, philosophy, culture, history and other disciplines based on documents and material from all ages and cultures, and from field researches such as cultural anthropology, sociology and geography to studies on Western and East Asian cultures. It can thus respond to any interest of students regarding cultural sciences. There are the five educational courses of Local Region and Humanity (geography, sociology, psychology and human information science), Languages (linguistics, Japanese and English), Cultural Dynamics (historical science and cultural anthropology), Cultural Hermeneutics (literature, art, representation and philosophy) and Global Culture Study (cross-cultural study, European and American cultures, and Asian cultures). Through seminars, experiments and laboratory classes in small groups and thesis study for seniors, the department nurtures creative and sensible, highly cultured people.
The department carries out education and research on all aspects of social sciences, including law, politics, economics and business administration. After undergoing basic education common to all the departments in their first year, students choose from the three courses of Law, Economics and Business Management, and Public Policy upon turning sophomores to take diverse lectures. From the third year, they join small group seminars of their choice to deepen their expert knowledge through presentations and discussions. Through such learning, students can acquire the ability to flexibly deal with various problems of modern society.