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School of Language and Culture Studies

Faculty of Foreign Studies was reorganized as two schools, the School of Language and Culture Studies and The School of International and Area Studies, as of April 2012.

Message from the Dean

Target human resources of the School

Characteristics of the School

Language is vital part of the culture in the society where it is spoken, but it is also an important gateway to understanding the culture. At the School of Language and Culture Studies, which focuses on language courses, students study the language they chose at the time of matriculation, English, and other foreign languages needed in their respective field of study at a high level for four years by combining them in diverse ways. Based on this learning, in specialized education courses, they cultivate the ability to look at the lives of people in relative terms focusing on languages and cultures. While some may take language and culture for granted, this often causes conflicts and clashes when they encounter others from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. A unique characteristic of the School is that it focuses on offering diverse courses such as linguistics, literature, and culture studies, which are needed to solve these problems, thus cultivating excellent practical and imaginative skills that connect people to people and cultures to cultures.

Curriculum of the School

After the Global Liberal Arts Program, specialized education is provided in the third and fourth years. The School’s curriculum consists of three courses: (1) “Language & Information Studies”, which enables students to learn language in general, the structure and functions of particular languages, the relationships of language with society, culture, psychology, and other aspects of human life, language information processing using computers, and so forth; (2) “Applied Language and Communication Studies”, which aims to develop professionals who, focusing on English or Japanese, cope practically with problems related to language education, interpretation and translation, and multilingual and multi cultural societies, etc.; and (3) “Culture and Literary Studies”, a course in which students study the literature, cultures, and art of various regions of the world, as well as the workings of the human mind, and critical theories needed to treat them. As described above, at this School, students study language itself with focus on language (“Language and Information”), put language into practice (“Applied Language and Communication”), or explore worlds expressed using language or means that transcend language (“Culture and Literary”).

What do you study at the School of Language and Culture Studies?

I am interested not in a particular language, but in language in general…

I am especially interested in studying a particular language (e.g. German)…

I want to study languages practically and use my language skills to find a job

I am interested in Southeast Asia, especially areas that have attracted economic interest in recent years…

I am interested in Southwest Europe, particularly France and its culture…

What career do graduates from the School of Language and Culture Studies choose?

I want to effectively use my language skills and expertise in information sciences…

I want to make the best use of my strong language skills and expert knowledge of Europe…