So, then, why do we call ourselves the “Faculty of Letters”? The reason lies in the fact that all of our 27 departments involve the study of “letters” in some form or another. All of the following items and concepts, for instance, fit into this category: the philosophies the great thinkers have bequeathed to us, government documents of historical significance, unearthed relics, and paintings and other visual arts. Another area which belongs in this group is the written word, which literally would be considered a study of “letters.” Even various types of data on social issues can be interpreted as “letters.” Thus, these objects and concepts, divergent as they are from one another, all fall under the broadly defined category of “letters.”
In essence, the Faculty of Letters is a place where we take these differing varieties of “letters” and explore the meanings behind them, restore the contexts in which they were produced, and consider why they deeply move us. To put it succinctly, one could say that the question pervading everything we do here at the Faculty of Letters is “What does it mean to be human?”
Departments, often referred to as Offices, are the basic units on which the curriculum and the system of the Faculty are based. The Departments vary in their areas of study, traditions and characters, and their independence is respected as much as possible. A Department is comprised of teaching staff members (Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors and Foreign Teaching Staff) and students (graduate students, undergraduate students and researchers). There are 27 Departments which are classified into four Divisions of broad academic fields. These Divisions are (1) Philosophy and Religion, (2) History, (3) Language and Culture, and (4) Psychology and Sociology.
What does it mean to be human? The more one ponders this question, the more intriguing it becomes. We at the Faculty of Letters eagerly await those with whom we can share this intrigue.
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