The Graduate School of Humanities was established as a section of the post-war University of Tokyo in 1953, while the Graduate School of Sociology was founded 10 years later. The two Schools merged to become the present Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology in 1995.
The School as a whole seeks to provide students with a high level of cultural acquisition and the ability to think up and express ideas. By doing so, the School will cultivate talented individuals that will contribute to the development of human culture by endeavoring to understand human thought, history, language and society through teaching and research. In order to realize this aim, we hope to attract students who can make logical arguments on problems concerning thought, history, language and society from unique perspectives, acquire a high level of language skills according to their interests, and carry out fully verified, solid research.
The Graduate School is comprised of seven Divisions. Each Division is split into Courses, and the Courses are further divided into Fields of Specialization. These Courses or Fields of Specialization more or less correspond to the “Offices” that we referred to in the overview of the Faculty, though it must be noted that the Divisions of Cultural Resources Studies and Korean Studies are independent Divisions which do not have Divisions in the Faculty.
With long-standing academic traditions that date back to 1877 when the Faculty of Letters was first established at the University of Tokyo, the Graduate School has developed on the basis of research not only in Japan but also throughout the world. It has continuously endeavored to open up new areas too. Fields representative of our innovations include Cultural Resources Studies, Applied Ethics, and Life and Death Studies, which collaborate with other faculties and convey the fruits of the latest research in various ways to all levels of the university. The Center for Evolving Humanities is further expected to provide a broader base for new developments in research and education in the humanities and sociology.
We firmly believe that the humanities, far from being "antiquated," are indeed brimming with new possibilities. We aim for a true community of students and teachers with a spirit of quest and creativity, and are committed to transmitting the fruits of research to people not only in Japan but also around the world.