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School of TheologyDepartment of TheologyDoshisha School of Theology is one of the largest theological institutions in the world and is widely recognized for its high standard of education. The department offers an innovative educational program where students can learn in depth about three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It also gives students access to the latest IT technologies, preparing them to become active players in a global society.
Faculty of LettersDepartment of EnglishWith a proud tradition dating back to the foundation of Doshisha English Academy in 1875, this department aims to produce highly professional graduates with excellent English skills and high academic expertise.
Department of PhilosophyThis department encourages students to think profoundly about fundamental and essential facets of human beings, such as the human spirit and mind, and also to help them acquire ‘wisdom’ that can be applied in real-world settings.
Department of Aesthetics and Art TheoryThis is one of the few departments in the nation which provides students with an integrated study of aesthetics, art theory and art history. The purpose of the department is to explore the underlying nature and principles of beauty and art.
Department of Cultural HistoryThis department introduces students to the history of diversity and richness of the human spirit that can be seen through the medium of culture. The department consists of two courses: Japanese Cultural History and Western Cultural History. Both courses offer a highly intensive learning environment in small-sized classes, which will help students achieve a high level of academic performance.
Department of Japanese LiteratureThis department aims to develop students’ international awareness and perspective through the study of Japanese literature and language. To achieve this, the department employs an orthodox empirical method of study, in which information is read through languages written in ancient through contemporary times, while using electronics technology.
Faculty of Social StudiesDepartment of SociologyIn this department, students learn diverse perspectives on human relationships through substantial fieldwork, which will empower them to ‘make changes’. The ultimate purpose of this department is to nurture individuals who can offer innovative solutions to the challenging issues facing today’s society.
Department of Social WelfareThis long-established department was among the first in Japan to start social welfare education. Taking advantage of diversified education provided by a comprehensive university, the department aims to create all-round professionals in the field of social welfare.
Department of Media, Journalism and CommunicationsThis department allows students to study the current status of various media industries, including newspapers, broadcasting, publishing and the Internet, and to examine the challenges facing them. The department also teaches students to understand the social roles of the various types of media, as well as how to read information effectively.
Department of Industrial RelationsThe role of this department is to encourage students to consider ‘a social structure where people are satisfied with their work’. Students will have many opportunities to engage in hands-on learning experiences with people from the business world as well as government. Class sizes are small to allow for personalized instruction when required.
Department of Education and CultureThis department aims to produce world-class education specialists. To facilitate this, the department has built up a new curriculum based on Doshisha’s ‘internationalism’, with the consideration that language education is a vital tool for the study of education.
Faculty of LawDepartment of LawThe Department of Law has developed a new curriculum focused on providing specialized knowledge directly related to students’ future careers, as well as cultivating students’ legal minds. The department also offers substantial practical preparation courses for national examinations.
Department of Political ScienceIn this department, students can choose from among three courses, including international relations, contemporary politics, and history and thoughts, tailored to their interests and future career goals. These courses provide astute insight into today’s tumultuous political situations. A series of guest lecturers from the business world are offered to help students explore career options and paths.
Faculty of EconomicsDepartment of EconomicsWhile emphasizing the acquisition of basic academic knowledge, this department aims to prepare individuals to become active and contributing members of a global information society by providing, for example, IT education, a varied range of seminars, unique foreign language programs, and credit transfer systems with other universities.
Faculty of CommerceDepartment of CommerceThe Department of Commerce has employed a flexible curriculum system which allows students to create a personalized program according to their purposes and lifestyles. Both day and night courses are available. The department also offers hands-on learning classes with invited guests from the forefront of international business, including tax accountants and certified public accountants.
Faculty of Policy StudiesDepartment of Policy StudiesThis newly created department has a specific and direct focus on the learning of policy. The curriculum is designed to systematically provide necessary knowledge and skills regarding public policy, with actual policy making at the core. From the first year on, students are intensively trained in small-sized classes to acquire problem-solving abilities.
Faculty of Culture and Information ScienceDepartment of Culture and Information ScienceThis is a new department which combines the humanities and science, and approaches many kinds of cultural phenomena using the ‘data science’ method. Students learn ways of mathematically analyzing and clarifying culture, language and information. The purpose of this department is to help equip students with the ability to interpret the meanings of culture, as well as a sense of logic.
Faculty of Science and EngineeringDepartment of Intelligent Information Engineering and SciencesThis department aims to train engineers who can create a human and environmentally friendly intelligent information system at the forefront of the evolution of networked, ubiquitous, parallelized, and intellectualized information technology.
Department of Information Systems DesignThrough a curriculum carefully designed to offer a balanced combination of the humanities and science subjects, this department aims to cultivate engineers who can develop and design human-centered information systems.
Department of Electrical EngineeringThis department aims to instill in students practical problem-solving abilities, as well as innovative and high-level research and development abilities, through on-site training in a diverse range of experimental subjects.
Department of ElectronicsThis department deals with a wide range of electrical and electronic engineering, with the central emphasis on information electronics and communication electronics. The department offers special lectures given by invited guests such as leading system development engineers.
Department of Mechanical and Systems EngineeringThis department is actively engaged in developing and manufacturing innovative systems responding to environmental issues, such as a resource and energy saving production system.
Department of Energy and Mechanical EngineeringThis department addresses the challenges of global environmental conservation and effective energy and resource utilization. The primary theme of the department is the development of pollution-free engines and energy-efficient propulsion systems.
Department of Molecular Chemistry and BiochemistryWith a chemistry that concerns highly functional molecules and a biochemistry which concerns life and the body as two key pillars, this department aims to cultivate students’ thinking power and ability of application through an educational program emphasizing laboratory experiments.
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials ScienceThis department offers two courses: The Material Process Design Course, which concerns the development of novel and highly-functional materials including nano-materials, and their process development; and the Environment and Biotechnology Course, which concerns global environmental issues and biological systems.
Department of Environmental Systems ScienceIn this department, students learn about a diverse range of environmental systems from Earth systems to those concerning the human environment. They will also acquire a broad basic knowledge in science and engineering.
Department of Mathematical SciencesMathematical Sciences is an academic discipline with a large potential. For example, mathematical finance can formulate and analyze complex systems in the economy. This department aims to train individuals to acquire high-level knowledge and skills through the collaboration of the three academic areas of mathematics, informational statistics and applied mathematics, and apply what they learn to a variety of fields.
Faculty of Life and Medical SciencesDepartment of Biomedical EngineeringThis department provides an interdisciplinary field of study of mechanical engineering and medical sciences, where students learn leading-edge ‘engineering technologies for the benefit of human beings’. More specifically, this department undertakes research and development of medical robots that support human motions, medical and welfare apparatus, materials for tissue regeneration, and biocompatible and environmentally-compatible materials.
Department of Biomedical InformationIn this department, students learn an interdisciplinary field of information and electronics engineering, and medical sciences. The study and research focus on clarifying the information process mechanism within a human brain, the measurement of biological information using technologies of electronics engineering, and the development of various kinds of medical devices.
Department of Medical Life SystemsThis department encompasses a broad area of medicine, ranging from molecular biology and cellular biology to anatomy, pharmacology and internal medicine. Research and technological development are conducted in order to acquire a deep understanding of human structure and function, and the causes of diseases, and also to contribute to medical care including health promotion, and the prevention and treatment of disease.
Faculty of Health and Sports ScienceDepartment of Health and Sports ScienceIn response to the growing concern and importance of health and sports science, this department aims to nurture individuals who are equipped with expertise and up-to-date sports science theories and who are able to make a positive contribution to the social development of health enhancement and sports. Students can choose from among three courses: Health Science, Training Science and Sports Management.
Faculty of PsychologyDepartment of PsychologyThis department aims to provide a scientific elucidation of ‘mind’ and ‘behavior’. Students can learn about psychology in a comprehensive manner through laboratory experiments, clinical experiments and a series of lectures covering a wide range of subjects.
Faculty of Global CommunicationsDepartment of Global CommunicationsThis department aims to produce individuals who can solve problems that may arise in multicultural situations, and effectively perform as facilitators, negotiators and administrators in various circumstances in our ever-changing international society where businesses, cultures and education all combine and interact.
Faculty of Global and Regional StudiesThe Europe CourseThis course provides specialized knowledge about a chosen country from among Germany, France, Russia and the UK, as well as global themes such as religion, immigration and colonialism.
The Asia-Pacific CourseIn addition to providing knowledge of the histories of specific areas within the Asia-Pacific region, this course shares the latest information and perspectives on challenges born of globalization, such as culture clashes, historical understanding and gender issues.
The Americas CourseThis course not only provides fundamental knowledge about North and Latin America, including their surrounding islands, but also examines the diversity of the American continent and its relationship with other regions around the world through lectures on various topics.