Faculty of Literature

bungakubu.jpgStudents should regard proficient Japanese as the foundation of all education and culture

The Faculty of Literature has three departments: the Department of Japanese Literature, the Department of Calligraphic Culture, and the Department of Intercultural Studies. In each field, students master high-level knowledge and skills, and the aim is to cultivate human resources with culture and learning that is valuable throughout the world.

Faculty of Literature Admission Policy

In this era of increasingly diverse information, the educational philosophy of the Faculty of Literature is to impart a wealth of culture, foster broad horizons as a citizen of the world, and encourage pursuit of greater humanity. This is achieved through research and language experience concerning works and materials from all times and places.
In accordance with this philosophy, we accept students who will seriously apply themselves to study, and have a strong desire for personal growth.

Department of Japanese Literature

nichibun-gakubu1.jpgPursuing the beauty of Japanese language and literature

Due to globalization in recent years, Japanese literature is now recognized throughout the world.
In the Department of Japanese Literature, students explore the attractions of the Japanese language, and the depth of Japanese literature and culture.
By cultivating proficiency in the Japanese language, and carrying out specialized research on literature and culture, students develop into individuals with a rich sense of humanity, who are outstanding assets as citizens of the world.

Japanese Literature Course


The distinguishing feature of this course is a broad yet detailed curriculum covering the unbroken tapestry of Japanese language and literature, from ancient to modern times.

Japanese Cultural History Course


This course is unique in directly approaching the people and events of Japanese history from the standpoint of cultural heritage artifacts and materials which remain extant today.

Degree Bachelor of Japanese Literature

Main Classes

First year Basic Japanese, History of Ancient/Heian Literature, History of Medieval/Early Modern Literature, History of Modern/Contemporary Literature, Basic Japanese History, Techniques of Written Expression, Introduction to Museums
Second year Words/Culture/People, Basic Research on Japanese Language, Japanese Grammar, Seminar on Heian Literature, Literary Composition I (Novel), Japanese Art History, Chinese Language and Literature
Third year Specialized Research, Japanese Language Research, Modern Literature Seminar, Literary Composition II (Poetry), Japanese-European Comparative Cultural History Seminar (Modern), Paleography Seminar
Fourth year Graduation Research, Theory of Class Management, Museum Training, School Management and School Libraries

Paths after Graduation

Many graduates are active in occupations requiring a license or qualification, such as middle/high school teacher, librarian, or museum curator. Others go into a wide range of areas, including civil service and ordinary companies.

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Department of Calligraphic Culture

syodou-gakubu.jpgA department unparalleled for comprehensive immersion in oriental calligraphic culture

The materials of calligraphy are the Chinese characters that we Japanese use every day. These characters--transmitted from China to Japan--are a beautiful form of culture that has continued to develop independently within the framework of Japanese culture.
Recently, calligraphic culture has been attracting a lot of attention due to renewed interest in words and characters. Perhaps you too will find joy in this form of expression?
The world of calligraphy grows the more you explore it, expanding without limit. Here, you can learn about the past, while shaping your future... That is the essence of calligraphy.

Degree Bachelor of Calligraphic Culture

Main Classes

First year Introduction to Calligraphy, History of Chinese Calligraphy, History of Japanese Calligraphy, Regular Script, Semi-Cursive Script, Kana Script
Second year Cursive Script, Creative Scripts (Chinese Characters),
Design Calligraphy, Ink Wash Painting
Third year Mixed Kanji-Kana Script I, Creation of Seal Style Works, Calligraphy Teaching Methods, Creative Scripts (Kana)
Fourth year Calligraphy and Crafts, Graduate Research, Computer Art Research, Paper Manufacturing and Processing

Paths after Graduation

Graduates have a broad, historical perspective on calligraphic culture, and a strong desire to grow as human beings. They are active in a wide range of fields including education and ordinary companies.

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Department of Intercultural Studies

Department of Intercultural StudiesTrue international spirit comes from making contact with the world

Rapidly growing waves of computerization and globalization have already brought about major changes in the world.
As modern people, it is essential for us to break through the boundaries and barriers of nationality, ethnicity, culture and language, to understand the diverse cultures of the world from a broad perspective, and thereby make ourselves into better people.
This department has an appealing, highly-varied curriculum, and our learning environment provides strong support for those striving to become true international citizens--including native instructors and a study-abroad program with an extensive track record.

Intercultural Studies Course


Today we live in an era of global multiculturalism. To receive information and messages from the world's people, we must cross boundaries between nations and academic disciplines. Students in this course study the various cultures of the world, and literature depicting the people who live in those cultures. While honing their English capabilities, they master skills for seeing the world from an international perspective.

English Communication Course


The top priority goal of this course is communication in English. Through English language theater and presentations, students acquire a strong command of English in a variety of contexts.

Degree Bachelor of Intercultural Studies

Main Classes

First year Practical English I-IV, Basic Seminar I and II, Listening I, Speaking I, Reading I, Writing I, Introduction to International Culture
Second year Practical English V-VIII, Words/Culture/People, Basic Seminar III and IV, International Volunteer Activities/International Peace Studies
Third year Introduction to Business English and International Secretary Skills, Preschool English Education, Elementary School English Education, Hotels and Tourism, Special Seminar I and II
Fourth year Interpretation, Translation, Graduate Research I and II

Paths after Graduation

Junior/Senior high school teacher (English), national or local public employee, English teacher for small children, tutoring school teacher, airline/transport companies, hotel/tourism companies, other ordinary companies

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