The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences : One of the largest in Japan.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University campus in general has a grand view over-looking the city of Shizuoka. To the north rears the Southern Alps and Mt. Fuji, and to the south is the wide expanse of Suruga Bay. With such imposing panoramas and its warm climate, it compares most favourably with any other university setting in the country.
It is based on the traditional Shizuoka High School system, and celebrated its inauguration as a university, its 50th anniversary, in 1999.
The present Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences consists of the departments of Social and Human Studies, Language and Literature, Law and Economics, and the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences was established incorporating all these departments.
Now, however and unfortunately, in many areas of the world, starvation, poverty, regional disputes and global environmental problems are increasing. And in our own country the economic problems of the fiscal crisis ( bankruptcy, closure of banks, and failure of securities etc. ) , and social problems such as questionable bioethics and juvenile delinquency are also increasing.
One aim of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is to create and maintain a symbiotic union between students and society. A union we trust will help us face and overcome the problems of the 21st century. We hope, thereby, to also demonstrate the positive aspects of a comprehensive faculty of 4 departments uniting the excellent abilities of more than 100 teachers in various fields.
The Department of Social and Human Studies
In the Department of Social and Human Studies, we approach man as a microcosm of society from various angles. We work on humanitarian and sociological fields, and fieldworks and an experimental approach are especially important.
We study man's generation and progress to the present age in all parts of the world : from a single soul to the present social organizations.
Our department covers a field of research that attempts to study this vast subject as extensively as possible.
Comparative studies in Languages & Literature
Comparative studies in Languages & Literature consists of 3 main courses : 'Japanese and Asian Language and Culture' , 'European and American Language and Culture' , and 'Comparative Culture' .
It aims to develop practical linguistic capability and thereby impart and increase knowledge of cultural phenomena expressed in language.
The curriculum is not restricted to only the conventional literary and linguistic domain, but attempts to cover various differences in cultural attitudes and opinions.
In other words, students specializing in one particular culture on country are encourage to broaden their outlook by attending other related on supplementary courses.
By doing so, in the study of language and culture the 'Department of Languages and Literature' hopes to increase the depth of knowledge acquired by simultaneously increasing its breadth. That is, the strength and survival of a tall building depends on a broad and sound foundation : ie. it avoids the danger of overspeciality.
The Department of Law
The Department of Law is especially active in the fields of jurisprudence and politics and adopts as broad a social scientific approach as possible. Particular attention is given to the various aspects of assessing and processing disputes, and analyzing the structure and control of political power.
Such specialized capabilities are becoming increasingly important today, and educating and training those with particular talents in such highly specialized fields is one of the main aims of the department.
However, in addition, 4 years of night school and evening classes has also been introduced to encourage and widen the outlook of eager students. Thus it is the aim that, overall, the graduates of the Department of Law will be qualified for various positions within the broad field of the legal profession, ranging from law specialists and government officials, such as judges, public prosecutors, lawyers, judicial scriveners and licensed tax accountants to playing active roles in various kinds of private enterprises.
The Department of Economics
Economics, sometimes referred to as the 'anatomy of civil society' , is a very broad field. But despite covering such an extensive domain, the department aims at educating students in special research projects as widely, yet as deeply as possible.
The department is complimented by approximately 30 full-time professors and 3 chairs encompassing disciplines such as: "Theory and Information;" "Economy and Policy;" and "Enterprise and Economic." Additionally, there is now a four years night school undergraduate degree for working adults. These are but a few of the ongoing developments taking place in our department as we continue to make our programs more relevant and contemporary.