School of Cultural and Social Studies
The School of Cultural and Social Studies is the only humanities school at SOKENDAI. The School is comprised of the following five departments affiliated with 4 research institutes: Department of Regional Studies and Department of Comparative Studies affiliated with National Museum of Ethnology, Department of Japanese Studies affiliated with International Research Center for Japanese Studies、Department of Japanese History affiliated with National Museum of Japanese History and Department of Japanese Literature affiliated with National Institute of Japanese Literature.
The School not only conducts study and research at each research institute, but also conducts collaborative activities as an entire school. The School is playing an important role of conducting cultural and social studies at SOKENDAI based on a wide variety of academic expertise, and is disseminating the study achievements through methods such as publishing the academic journal ”SOKENDAI Review of Cultural and Social Studies” , holding the interdisciplinary exchange program ”SOKENDAI Cultural Forum” hosted by each institute in rotation, and implementing the special education program ”Academic Resource Management Course”. In addition, the School only accepts students for the second term of a doctoral course (Doctor) while the other schools at SOKENDAI adopt a five-year system accepting students for the first term of a doctoral course (Master).
Dean School of Cultural and Social Studies
Departments under the School
Department of Regional Studies
The Department studies the individual cultures of ethnic groups in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. It considers the characteristics and history of each culture and focuses on describing a culture and understanding its …
Department of Comparative Studies
The Department of Comparative Studies is designed for students interested in the comparative and cross-cultural study of social systems, religion, technology, languages, arts,and cultural resources. Through the comparative study …
Department of Japanese Studies
The Department of Japanese Studies is organized as a single administrative unit in order to facilitate the international and interdisciplinary pursuit of Japanese studies encompassing the humanities, social sciences, as well as natu…
Department of Japanese History
In the Department of Japanese History, which has the National Museum of Japanese History as its parent institute, researchers specializing in history, archaeology, folklore, and allied disciplines including natural science, provide…
Department of Japanese Literature
The Department of Japanese Literature is affiliated with the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL) as the parent institute. The NIJL, one of the Inter-University Research Institutes, is an advanced research institute for J…