About This Program

  The fluctuations and frictions of cultural/political institutions have been crucial issues in the contemporary society. We cannot solve the problems solely by understanding the surface conditions and treating them superficially. We need the abilities to review the essence of the problems, to break the over-segmentalization of academia, and to find the practical solutions.

  In the above-mentioned condition, we need the fundamental knowledge across disciplines in the Humanities: “the mastery of interdisciplinary classics.” In addition, we need the ability to ‘dialogue’ with other disciplines and communities: “the mastery of interdisciplinary dialogue.” For the purpose of cultivating these abilities, “Fusion Program of the Interdisciplinary Humanities,” integrating the theoretical researches and practical fieldworks, is expected to be developed.

Features of the Program

  The master course emphasizes the cultivation of “mastery of interdisciplinary classics” and “mastery of interdisciplinary dialogue,” both of which are fundamental for the Humanities education. The doctoral course further develops not only “mastery of interdisciplinary classics” but also “mastery of interdisciplinary dialogue”: the abilities to outreach the students’ achievements of the Humanities to the community and to accomplish high-level academic communication which leads to advanced methods and theories of researches in the Humanities. This program aims at establishing the unique education system integrating fieldworks and theoretical researches, and consequently produces the human resources that respond to the need of society.

  Four “venues” ―“classics seminars,” “forums,” “colloquiums” and “community outreach saloons”―provide the students with the opportunities to cultivate, practice, and develop the abilities. This program specifically features small-class education utilizing “tutorials” and “communication papers.”

Prospective Human Resources Produced by This Program

  The students in the master course are trained to become journalists or teachers with advanced skills and knowledge of interdisciplinary Humanities.

  The students in the doctoral course are trained to cultivate high-level scholarly ability which enables them to research independently.

  Prospective human resources produced by this program are:

  1. Researchers who can find new subject matters and develop new methods of the Humanities research
  2. Effective university teachers in liberal arts education.
  3. Highly educated professionals such as curators and journalists.

Four Venues in This Program

*Classics Seminars
In the classics seminars, the graduate students in various fields organize their own seminars for studying interdisciplinary Humanities classics. The student-oriented seminars encourage the students to develop fundamental knowledge of interdisciplinary Humanities.


In the forums, the students have “dialogues” with scholars of various fields and present their research accomplishments. They plan and manage the forums in order to acquire the “mastery of interdisciplinary dialogue.” Graduate students, also as speakers or commentators, are expected to participate in the forums.


In colloquiums, the students meet young researchers in the partner universities both in Japan and overseas and exchange their research accomplishments with each other. The interdisciplinary “dialogues” will develop their research methods and presentation skills.


*Community Outreach Saloons
In the community outreach saloons, the students outreach their research accomplishments to local communities. The communications with community members will develop the students’ skills of academic communication and methods of planning and managing academic meetings.