Things you can learn
in the Culture and Humanities Course

Studying Culture and Humanities and Information and Communication Sciences from Multiple Perspectives

In the first and second grade, students are able to choose as many subjects as they like from both the Culture and Humanities and Information and Communication Sciences courses so as to develop cognitive abilities in both. Students learn about various social issues in their lives from the basics of data science.

Humanities and social sciences for problem-solving in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals

In the third and fourth grade, students will deepen their thinking for problem-solving further by attending various seminars as well as a seminar that focuses on writing a graduation thesis.
The SDGs are 17 common global goals set by the United Nations, including gender equality, good health and well-being, and climate action.
The faculty members of the Culture and Humanities Course specialize in various fields such as gender, consumer law, food economics, social psychology, and sociology. This enables us to approach the SDGs from various perspectives.

In Goal 11, for example, we learn about efforts to reduce the risk of disasters, including making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. In Goal 12, that is, ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, we study food loss, food safety, and laws to educate consumers. In Goal 13, namely, taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, we focus on communication that promotes pro-environmental behavior from a social psychology perspective. Let us consider what other approaches are possible in the Life and Culture Studies course.


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Features of the Culture and Humanities Course

Multidisciplinary and practical learning

Multidisciplinary learning

Multidisciplinary means beyond the academic boundary.

In the Culture and Humanities Course, you will study social sciences, including law, economics, and sociology,    humanities, for example, history and representational theory, and human sciences such as psychology. We also offer    multidisciplinary studies such as gender. Students are also allowed to choose from basic subjects of information and communication sciences.

In this way, the Culture and Humanities Course sheds light on various aspects of life and examines the culture and humanities involved in our daily lives.

Practical learning

When you think of studying at a university, you may imagine yourself sitting in a large classroom and listening to talks presented by teachers. This is commonly known as a lecture. Although theory is important, an important aspect of Life and Culture Studies is that theory is examined in the context of actual living conditions and social issues are explored from the perspective of individuals.

Therefore, we use the following methods to conduct research: field surveys, observation surveys, questionnaire surveys, experiments, interviews, and literature studies. Students also learn to compare Japanese society with other cultures as well as compare cultures across different times.


Learn in small groups

In the second semester of the third year, students begin to participate in seminars to enable them to write a graduation thesis. The seminars are usually limited to five members per grade.

In the seminar, students decide on    their own theme on which they conduct research to write a graduation thesis. The students remain in the same seminar    so they can work on their own theme and have sufficient time to do so until they graduate. Since the seminar only involves a small group, the students have enough opportunities to discuss their work with the teachers.


Wide variety of gender-related subjects

The Culture and Humanities Course offers a wide variety of gender-related courses. These include gender and culture, gender theory, clothing and gender, and gender and culture seminar. The history of women’s life offers students the opportunity to study a subject from women’s perspective. By studying these subjects, which are rarely offered in co-educational universities, students can acquire perspectives of gender studies.

Teaching Staff

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Noriko Suzuki
Takashi Noda
Toshiko Hayashida
Miho Mitsunari
Akiko Yamasaki
Kaori Ando
Hiroshi Otsuka
Kayo Sawada
Misa Aoki