Department of Social Sciences

Admissions policy

The goal of the Department of Social Sciences is to nurture the creativity and deep interest of the students in problems that face modern society and community as well as ensure that the students understand the structure of said issues. The goal is also to ensure students contribute to society and are involved on a practical level with the community. To achieve this, we seek students who embody the following.

  • Students who are interested in learning about society and people. In particular, students who possess basic knowledge and have a strong interest in modern society and the world from high school “geography and history” and in “civics” (political economics and ethics).
  • Students who have a basic but comprehensive scholastic ability.
  • Students who can theoretically grasp the various problems in modern society and the issues confronting the environment and community planning, as well as students who are motivated to contribute to society and to be involved on a practical level with the community.
  • The Department of Social Sciences offers two majors: Modern Social Sciences and the Environmental/Community Creation. Students in the Modern Social Sciences major  must be interested in problems facing modern society and motivated to contribute to society. Students in the Environmental/Community Creation major must be interested in the problems facing communities and motivated to become involved on a practical level with the community.

Curriculum policy

The following curriculum targets students, who are interested in modern society and community problems and who are motivated to become involved in society and the community. It is designed to ensure students acquire knowledge, theory and analytical techniques to gain a structural understanding of problems that face modern society and the community, as well as provide them with the skills to come up with creative ideas.

  • In the Department of Social Sciences, students learn about theoretical approaches to social issues, studying “Society and mankind,” “Social sciences and modern issues” and “Humanities and modern issues” in their first year, and “Advanced social structures” in their third year. In addition, the curriculum offers basic courses to learn about basic knowledge and theory in social sciences and humanities.
  • The focus of specialized study in the Department of Social Sciences is the small group graduation thesis seminars (required) that are offered during the second, third and fourth years for each major: Modern Social Sciences and the Environmental/Community Creation. In the seminars, students study in-depth about basic knowledge, theoretical and analytical approaches in their fields of specialization. In addition, students must write a graduation thesis (required), which is the culmination of the student’s specialized studies at the university.
  • In the Modern Social Sciences major, students are able to study about society, economics, law, history, philosophy, education and local government, from a “modern” perspective.
  • In the Environmental/Community Creation major, students are able to study in field courses and workshop courses and also experience getting involved in a practical way with the community.
  • In order to develop various skills required to complete the scientific thesis and report, first year students take introductory seminars to acquire academic skills, and then in their second, third and fourth years, they also take a “Basic seminar” and “Seminar I & II” to further develop skills to collect references, analyze text, conduct social investigations, write essays, present as well as discuss their material. The culmination of these skills helps students to complete their graduation thesis. In addition, students conduct social investigations and take practical courses (general department courses).
  • Students learn “cooperative communication skills” in order to be able to build a cooperative relationship with others.

Diploma policy

  • (Modern Social Sciences major) Students are able to acquire a wide range of knowledge, theoretical and analytical techniques in order to gain a structural understanding of problems in modern society and offer theoretical explanations. Students are also able to develop a heightened awareness about modern society and become motivated to contribute to society.
  • (Environmental/Community Creation major) Students are able to acquire knowledge, and theoretical and analytical techniques as well as develop practical skills and a pragmatic approach toward communities, which help them reveal a structure with contradictions in modern society where the community problems are complex and diversified.
  • (Department of Social Sciences) Students have strong interest in issues that face modern society and communities, demonstrating imagination that enables them to try to generate creative ideas all the time on how the issues exist and the problems areas.
  • Students are able to develop various abilities and skills required to complete the scientific thesis and report, such as the ability to collect information, to investigate, to analyze information and data critically and from multiple angles and to communicate and write in a clear way.
  • Students are able to easily form new relationships with others and build cooperative relationship when necessary through discussion, etc.
  • Using the qualities above, our goal is to develop people who can work with a public perspective.