A person who can utilize values conveyed by history and culture for the present time.
“To strengthen our hearts,” if I talk about the attractiveness of studying history and culture in a single phrase. We study, imagining hearts of people, the events made by people with various feelings and tangible and intangible heritage developed over a long history. It is the educational objective of the Department of History and Cultural Studies to develop intelligence to relate to the problems facing us and the strong heart to live in the future by incorporating the experiences of our ancestors. For example, thoroughly examine Murasaki Shikibu of the Heian period or the royal supporters of the end of the Edo Period by identifying yourself with them. Learn through the limitless stage of Kyoto, where enthusiasm will capture your heart.
Faculty of Humanities, Department of History and Cultural Studies Professor, Junko Yamamoto
Features of Department
- To conduct field work in which students explore Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture and study by touching history.
- Students not only study the history of politics and economy but also culture deeply. Students will touch the traditional performance of Noh and food culture, classical literature and history of language.
- Students study both history mainly through literature and historical folklore which includes early folklore and legends and supernatural folklore.
- Students can acquire the qualification for a teacher’s license for social studies, geography and history or as a curator of a museum.
How to study at the Department of History and Cultural Studies
Students study the basics of history, folklore and culture in the 1st and 2nd year and select a specialized course in the 3rd year according to their interest. We offer a flexible curriculum in which students can take courses of other programs. This allows students to pursue a broad range of studies according their interest. We focus on touching genuine cultural heritage remaining in Kyoto such as ancient documents, festivals and performances. We develop insight to capture the “heart” of Japan through historical development and the ability to utilize these values in the future.
Study history of “heart” in Kyoto
Through reading such historical materials as ancient documents and ukiyoe, students get closer to the real image of Japanese history. Not only political trends and societal mechanisms, we also focus on “heart,” the ideas of people who have lived through the history.
To know the depths of the “heart” of Japanese
Based on such materials as festivals, students look hard at the heart of Japanese. This gives students the opportunity to study legends and supernatural folklore from a technical approach. We capture folklore as expressions of people’s movement of heart and study folklore of the “heart.”
Kyoto Culture Course
Approaching the culture of “heart”
Students learn by experiencing the culture of “wa (Japanese)” proudly presented to the world by Kyoto from Noh plays to Japanese foods. Students also learn the culture of the “heart” of Kyoto, for example, closely examining “The Tale of Genji” as a topic, which is a literary work looking hard at the heart of people.
Learn from historic sites and traditional events –Practical Study-
What is different in Kyoto from other cities? How history and culture are living in modern society?
It is the style of study of the Department of History and Cultural Studies to investigate such questions by field work. In “practical projects,” small groups of students visits various places by class. For example, students explore such stages of history as Kyoto Gosho and Nijo Castle and visit the sites of traditional manufacturing. Students are given the opportunity to expose themselves to the latest culture of Kyoto at Nishikikoji and art spots. The Department has made an effort to contribute to the region, such as conservation of machiya (merchant houses) in Kyoto and the environment of the Hozu River and succession of traditional events and skills rooted in the region. It is a major objective of practical study that through exchanges with regional residents and the experiences of problem solving, students develop the ability communicate and task performance ability to lead to human growth.
Take the course of study specializing in “supernatural folklore,” rare in Japan – Supernatural Folklore Studies-
When people became sick or drought or flood occurred, Japanese people often thought they were caused by “supernatural forces.” Considering the historical dissemination of the supernatural forces in society leads to thinking of the history of people who believed in supernatural forces. In the lecture of “Supernatural Folklore Studies,” students will read about Japanese society and culture through supernatural forces who have been passed down in literature, paintings, cartoons and films.
Qualification and Employment
Qualification *National qualification to be acquired
- High school teacher’s 1st class license (geography and history)
- Junior high school teacher’s 1st class license (social studies)
- Elementary school teacher’s 1st class license *
- Curator of a museum *
Future Career Options after Graduation
- Junior high school teacher (social studies)
- High school teacher (geography and history)
- Curator of a museum
- Curator of a museum of art
- Tourist industry
- Traditional industry
- Staff of private organizations
- Civil servants (staff of local government staff, policemen, firefighters, etc.)
*In order for students to acquire an elementary school teacher’s license, correspondence education courses under agreement with other universities are offered. However, enrollment in a correspondence course shall be limited to only those who seek to acquire a junior high school teacher’s license.
To develop human resources as described in this department’s educational goals, we seek students who have a clear sense of purpose and passion, basic knowledge regarding curricula and subjects that they completed in high school, Japanese language proficiency through which they can convey their own ideas, a willingness to positively attempt to solve various problems, and attitude toward actively engaging in activities, and toward making efforts for mutual understanding by communicating effectively with others.
- Knowledge and skills
- We seek students who have basic knowledge of subjects that they studied in high school, and who have at least a certain level of reading comprehension and ability to solve problems.
- Ability to think, to judge, and to express oneself
- We seek students who can think deeply about historical culture, and who can express their own thoughts.
- Attitude toward learning independently and in cooperation with a wide variety of people
- We seek students who have a strong interest in and concern about historical culture, and who have a strong willingness to independently seek the unknown.
- We seek students who can engage in presentations and fieldworks in cooperation with a diverse range of people.