Features of the Graduate Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences
Through study at the University (baccalaureate program), some students discover an issue, become interested in it, and wish to study it in greater depth. There are also working people who become aware of various issues firsthand while active in society and who wish to engage in full-fledged research while they work. Why not begin specialized, multi-faceted research at our Graduate School? In the Graduate Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences, students can be advised directly by specialized faculty, they can study relevant findings from a number of faculty members without being limited to their advisor, and they can craft their own ideas into a coherent theory through discussions with other graduate school students. Right now, motivated and passionate students in these Programs are earnestly at work on their research. Today marks the start of the 21st century, and mankind is confronted by a number of difficult issues. The Program analyzes and elucidates human, social, and cultural issues and facilitates research and education to provide a glimpse of the future. Work to learn more about what one has studied and to consolidate one's theories in a scholarly manner will prove to be a valuable and inspiring effort.
Student enrollment limit
The Master's program allows 25 students per academic year (admissions exams are given twice, once in the fall and once in the spring)
Postdoctoral program 5 per academic year (the admissions exam is given once in the spring)
Certifications and credentials that can be obtained
- Specialized certificate for teaching kindergarten
- Specialized certificate for teaching middle school (social studies or English)
- Specialized certificate for teaching high school (geography and history, civics, or English)
※The specialized certificate is for individuals who already have a class I teaching certificate who wish to obtain additional certification.
Prolonged education is for students in particular situations such as working full-time, running a household, caring for children, or caring for an elderly relative. This system allows students to continue studying beyond the standard term of study (2 years for the master's program, 3 for the postdoctoral program). Class fees are an annual amount determined by the amount borne by students in the standard term of study proportional to the duration of prolonged education.
There are 2 main features of the Graduate Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences:
- Course topics and subjects are chosen within each course. This means that the class involves students and faculty in the same area of study, conducting joint research in the form of a study group. Students present their findings in order and then answer questions from attending faculty and students. This allows them to further and hone their research. This format allows students to be advised by a number of faculty members.
- Both the master's program and postdoctoral program have daytime and nighttime courses and are readily accepting of people who work full-time. Students can attend classes at night (6:00 to 9:10 PM) and on Saturday, allowing them to obtain the credits they need to complete their degree. Right now, a number of graduate students are studying intently as they work full-time.
Graduate Program in Humanities and Social Sciences "To foster human resources"
- By conducting world-class advanced and leading research, the Program fosters young researchers who will play a leading role in later generations and it provides additional education for people with varied experience who work full-time.
- By cultivating an advanced understanding of the humanities and social sciences and research ability, the Program fosters human resources that can adapt to the local community and the international community, human resources that will be able to play a leading role in dealing with various problems of contemporary society, and highly specialized experts and researchers with both a global perspective and a local perspective.
- The Program will promote research and education in concert with the local community.