The Faculty of Humanities and Sciences

  • Department of Humanities (2024 enrollment limit: 300 students) Established in 2006
proactivenessThe Faculty of Humanities and Sciences was established in 1990 for “comprehensive study of human behavior and culture.” In 2006, the Department of Humanities was set up to offer students a chance to discover their own interests among a wide range of academic fields covering art, literature, history, social culture, education, and the environment.
The Faculty’s educational philosophy is that students follow their own interests and research into their own themes. The curriculum gives them opportunities to broadly learn a variety of fields and to conduct deep and highly-specialized research in a specific field they themselves select.

Opening up a Future with Skills of Humanities

The Faculty covers various fields such as history, language, literature, philosophy, art, environmental studies, anthropology, community studies, and education, so that students will cultivate their competence to think about matters from diverse viewpoints. This is the knowledge that should be necessary to cope with the uncertainty of the future.The core studies of human beings, nature, and society that are embodied in the classes of the Knowledge of Humanities provide students with sufficient strength to face challenges in future.

Deep Expertise, Extensive Cultural Learning, and Career Education

Students can deepen their own interests in special fields. Practical learning in small groups develops their expertise. In addition, students can also take various classes in other fields. In career education, the programs provide students with opportunities for positive exchanges and cooperation with various people both on-campus and off-campus, so that students play an active role in society.

Teaching Certificates and Other Qualifications

EducationIn the Department of Humanities, it is possible to acquire a first class teaching license of junior high school (Japanese, social studies, or English) and a first class teaching license of senior high school (Japanese, geography and history, civics, or English). There is an optional program for the first class teaching license of elementary school. Students can also take classes for curator certification and for civil service examinations.

Department of Humanities

Discover the field that is the most suitable for yourself, strengthen your self-motivation and proactiveness

Subjects of Human and Culture Development

2006These subjects encourage students to study culture and people creating it, with a special focus on philosophy, education, arts (fine art, music, performing arts, film), and comparative culture. In and through these studies students explore human existence.

Subjects of Language and Literature

DevelopmentLanguage is an effective means for human beings to understand the world, to think, to express and communicate their will and emotions. Through learning deeply about Japanese and foreign languages, and literature both in Japan and abroad, students develop insight into man and society, so as to acquire a better understanding of others, and become adept at expressing themselves.

Subjects of Humans, Society, and Nature

LiteratureHuman beings have lived together with nature, forming a local community at once. They have been organizing societies and creating cultures. Each of these cultures always has its own unique history. The subjects of this section aim to provide students with deep and comprehensive understanding of the world through studies of nature, society, and community with its own history.

SciencesDiverse activities that connect our faculty and society

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Fieldwork classes for learning off-campus

The Faculty of Humanities and Sciences organizes various classes so that students can go outside the campus to do some fieldwork.
In a history seminar, for instance, students visited the Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction to deepen their knowledge and understanding about the history of emigration in modern Japan.

Topics 02

Forging connections between the University and the surrounding community – Center for Area Research and Development

Based on the University’s philosophy of coexisting with the surrounding community, Kobe Gakuin University’s Center for Area Research and Development has been working with local residents to unearth the region’s various potentials, so as to revitalize the local society.

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In and through Humanities and Sciences Society formed by themselves, graduate and undergraduate students as well as the faculty learn from one another

Humanities and Sciences Society, aiming to aid academic development, publishes the biannual journal Humanities and Sciences, and holds a conference twice a year. The Society also arranges open lectures delivered by guest researchers.

Detailed information is available in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences leaflet.