The complex issues surrounding the local and global community cannot be solved solely with knowledge from a single specialized field. So our department offers a practical curriculum integrating different disciplines to learn the methods needed for exploring and solving problems while studying from a broad range of fields in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, we have organized a flexible curriculum to ensure independent learning so that students take courses that interest them and gain the ability to tackle complex issues while pursuing their undergraduate degree.

Our curriculum for developing multifaceted viewpoints, specialized competence, and wide-ranging knowledge

Graduation Research Courses where students write a thesis on a chosen topic based on awareness of issues and interests as a result of study in Project-Based Learning, specialized courses, and education classes taken before the senior year.
Project-Based Learning An educational curriculum that coordinates with off-campus businesses and local government, featuring team learning and instruction from teachers to help students connect university learning with real-world local and global situations, and apply concepts learned to society at large.
Multicultural Understanding Courses in which students learn about their own way of living as they critically and fully analyze their native culture and recognize the rich, broad culture and traditions of countries and regions that form the modern world.
Society Today Courses where students learn from a broad range of academic fields relating to the social realm and acquire the ability to conduct analyses and connect the transformation of local communities with the changes in the structure of society and the structure of global industry. Also, students learn to understand the systems and laws related to the interaction between businesses and local citizens, administrative response policies to issues, as well as issues directly facing modern society.
Integrated Sciences Courses where students cultivate literacy as they learn the foundations of natural sciences related to “Project-Based Learning” and complex community issues.
Japan Studies Courses where students view the Japanese language from the viewpoint of second-language learning and second-language education, and learn the fundamental knowledge about theories and methodologies for language study support for non-native learners.
Basic From the sophomore year, courses where students learn the required knowledge and way of thinking for the approach they choose: the Global Approach, which places an emphasis on practical knowledge acquisition through a global perspective, or the Community Approach, which places an emphasis on learning problem-solving through a local community perspective.
Foreign Language Courses where students develop their ability to learn and use foreign languages, which is the critical to literacy in many fields, as well as the foundation for deepening intercultural communication through speaking with other people.
General Education Courses Courses in which students cultivate fundamental knowledge and broad-ranging points of view by further developing themselves as “individuals who can undertake community revitalization and contribute to the progress of a globalizing society” through their experiences as an independent local community member with responsibility towards society in the future.