The Faculty of Humanities provides diverse and advanced education and research relating to history and culture, using Kyoto, an ancient capital with a long history and tradition, as its field. The faculty is composed of three departments: Japanese Language and Literature, History, and Historical Heritage, and each department is characterized by its active incorporation of practice and fieldwork, mainly in Kyoto.
In the vibrant city of Kyoto, where traditional culture still thrives, the Department provides in-depth education into Japanese language and expression, literature and calligraphy from a variety of approaches. Through the honing of students' understanding of language and of their powers of expression, they develop profound insight into their native culture.
Being the historical capital of Japan, Kyoto provides the perfect setting for the study of history. The Department ensures that its students have a firm grasp of the basic research skills required by the discipline, and that are able to read and comprehend historical documentation. Through the study of high quality historical research, they touch at the very core of how human societies have come to be as they are.
Japan's ancient capital provides an excellent base for the discerning appreciation and study of cultural property and historical heritage. A wide range of practical courses enable students to develop skills relevant to handling cultural artifacts and historical assets. They also learn the specialized techniques needed to make surveys or to produce exhibitions.