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Faculty of Letters

Covering wide-ranging academic disciplines and employing active learning methodologies to enable students to gain insights concerning the question “What is a human being?” during their four years

The Faculty of Letters of Aichi University is comprehensive and orthodox. It consists of two departments‐the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Psychology*‐which are further subdivided into thirteen majors over five courses. The academic disciplines covered by the faculty are wide-ranging. In addition to philosophy, literature (Japanese literature, and European and American literature) and history (Japanese history, world history and geography), which constitute the basics of literature, students can study psychology and philosophy at this faculty, as is the case at other traditional faculties of literature in Japan. Furthermore, the faculty has established a system under which students can pursue library and information science and media arts, which can be considered a modern interpretation of aesthetics. Students admitted through the comprehensive undergraduate examination study all the above disciplines in their first year. From the second year, they branch into the individual majors of their choice according to their aptitudes and interests. Students admitted through the entrance examination by department/course are guaranteed to receive education in their specialist field at the time of enrollment. They may also study in a wide range of disciplines. In their second year onward, motivated students are permitted to pursue learning in multiple fields under the minor program. Although many people tend to consider that education in a faculty of letters is mainly provided through classroom study of literature, our education is never limited to that. Students have many opportunities for active learning, including long- and medium-term study abroad programs, fieldwork programs in Japan and aboard, psychological experiments and social surveys, and teaching internships and practice teaching for those wishing to become teachers in the future. It can be ultimately said that a faculty of letters is a place to deeply consider the question “What is a human being?” We are confident that Aichi University’s Faculty of Letters features a great diversity in terms of both academic disciplines and learning methodologies, and that such diversity is of significant value in that students can gain many insights into human being.
* Newly established in April 2018.
*Newly established in April 2018.