The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences consists of one science department (Multidisciplinary Sciences) and four humanities and social sciences departments (Language and Information Sciences, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Area Studies, and Advanced Social and International Studies). Multidisciplinary Sciences is divided into the three sub-departments of Basic Science, Life Sciences, and General Systems Studies, which cover respectively areas ranging from quarks to intelligent materials, DNA to human beings, and artificial systems to the universe.
Today's increasingly globalized and computerized world requires individuals who can responsibly plan the creation of new concepts and handle the decision-making side of those endeavors. In order to cultivate such human resources, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences established the Graduate Program on Human Security (HSP) in April 2004 as an advanced course in international research that involves all of the Graduate School's five departments.
The European Studies Program was created in 2006 to carry out interdisciplinary education and research on modern Europe, and two new Doctoral programs in international education were added in 2007 — the Japanese-Germany Inter-Graduate School Program and the International Philosophical Education Program on Co-existence.
In April 2010, the existing Center for Pacific and American Studies and Center for German and European Studies were merged to create a new Institute for Advanced Global Studies, together with the newly-established Center for Sustainable Peace, Center for Sustainable Development, and Center for African Studies. In April 2011, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for Asian Studies were added, making the Institute a truly global and vital research organization.
In addition, the Graduate Program on Global Humanities (GHP), which aims to take an inter-regional and trans-disciplinary approach to the challenges facing the world today, was launched in April 2012 with the participation of all four humanities and social sciences departments. This was followed, in October 2012, by the Graduate Program on Global Society (GSP [humanities and social sciences]) and Graduate Program on Environmental Sciences (GPES [joint humanities-sciences]), where the entire degree program is offered in English.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences strives to serve the needs of the modern world by advancing the evolution of research and education spanning the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The School's departments and research centers have produced world-class achievements across the diverse array of their research, which is centered on the 21st Century COE (Center of Excellence) and Global COE programs. The products of such research have also been used to further enhance the School's high-level educational programs so that the School can continue producing graduates with the vision and broad base of advanced learning needed to identify and solve the challenges facing the world today.
The Integrated Human Science Program for Cultural Diversity (IHS) is a graduate program selected as a program for leading graduate schools by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in the academic year 2013. The Graduate Schools of Arts and Sciences and of Interdisciplinary Information Studies are in charge of running this program. We aim to educate the leaders of the next generation who will help build the multicultural society of the future through a coherent five-year Doctoral program that is interdisciplinary and covers a combination of different fields of study.
Special Selection for International Applicants:
A separate application process is available for international applicants. Please contact the Graduate School for details.