Socio-cultural Studies

Socio-cultural Studies


This department provides three study courses for students who are interested in socio-cultural studies. Each course offers students specialized education as follows:


Study on Contemporary Society:

Psychology, Sociology, Geography and Cultural Anthropology.

History and Archaeology:

Japanese History, Asian History, European History, Contemporary History and Archeology.

Study on Welfare Society:

Social Welfare.

Students choose any one of these study courses according to their interests. We would like to pledge to remain flexible so that each student can be provided with a study program based on his/her interests.

Study on Contemporary Society

In this course, students can study psychology, sociology, geography and cultural anthropology. The course contributes to developing students' ability to understand and explain the relationship between human beings and community, the structure and functions of community, and characteristics of community culture. In addition to the lectures and seminars, students are provided with the opportunities to learn the analytical methods through experimentation, observation, social research and fieldwork. We strongly encourage students to study in this course to solve some problems in contemporary society.

History and Archaeology

This course consists of two branches: History and Archaeology. There are five fields: Japanese History, Asian History, European History, Contemporary History and Archaeology. Students will have the opportunity to study history and archaeology from a broad perspective and may deepen their understanding from the theoretical studies, through field research and excavation. Further, there are several voluntary seminars, held outside regular class hours, that students plan and carry out themselves with faculty support. The annual grand tour is also planned by the students. This is an outstanding tradition and a unique characteristic which is not often seen at other universities.

Study on Welfare Society

This course acknowledges that it is important to educate students so that they can contribute to promoting the well-being of people in the community. Therefore we are developing a program that includes practice in the clinical fields as well as lectures and seminars. Through such a program, students can learn the theory of social welfare, the technical knowledge of welfare policies and the practical skill of social work.