School of Humanities and Social SciencesWaseda University

About the School

Educational Policy

The basis of study in the humanities and social sciences is founded on a stable tradition of learning. Our understanding of humanity is provided through the world of learning and the insights cultivated by the activity of the intellect within this tradition. Education within the humanistic and social tradition provides a solid and dynamic foundation for the future. Within the humanistic and social scientific tradition of learning, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences aims at providing an education for the future, based on clear understanding and intellectual excellence. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences has reshaped and revitalized the tradition developed over the 120-year history of Waseda University, establishing an innovative and sophisticated academic program. The School has 18-department program in which students not only undertake a rigorous education in classic works of human learning, but also engage in cutting-edge research in humanities and social sciences. The ultimate aim is to provide an education based on the best forms of human knowledge which looks to the future of learning.

18 Departments engaged in transmitting the knowledge of tradition into a dynamic future.

Department Degree
Humanities and Social Sciences Bachelor of Arts in Literature

Diploma Policy

With the comprehensiveness and originality, systematic curriculum, university-wide educational and social environments of Waseda University, we offer students opportunities to experience academic, cultural, language and value exchanges so that they can take the initiative in contributing to the global community.

Philosophies and Goals of the School
  • Probe deeply into humanity and the world at large, illuminate the essential qualities of language, literature, culture and expression, and inquire into the history of humanity and society.
  • Refining the traditional system of scholarship to establish it as an unshakably firm academia based on an understanding of the wealth of scholarship to be developed in the new era.
Student Education Policy
  • Foster individuals who understand human nature from a reliable perspective by delving deeply into the study of traditional scholarship without being swayed by the prevailing currents of the times.
  • Aiming to contribute to the succession and development of tradition, fostering students who exert the required effort to attain to eternal ideals and stimulate one another to improve themselves without being swayed by fame or authority.
Curriculum Policy
  • First-year students need to acquire the basic learning ability necessary for future coursework mainly by developing academic literacy through first-year seminars and learning English and a second foreign language.
  • From the second year, students select from 18 courses and take Common Subjects, a uniform group of Optional Second Foreign Language courses and lecture courses shared with the School of Culture, Media and Society, as well as lectures and seminars specific to their selected specialty field course.
  • In the Fall Semester of the third year, an advisor for the bachelor’s thesis project is assigned to each student. Each student attends a seminar for thesis writing given by the assigned advisor. Students working on related research themes under the guidance of the advisor stimulate one another’s research and complete the thesis as a compilation of their four years study.

Admission Policy

  • Under the educational policy of independent learning, Waseda University admits a large number of domestic and international students who have a certain level of basic academic ability, a healthy intellectual curiosity, an enterprising spirit (one of the educational philosophies of the university), and high motivation to study.
  • The concept and goals of the School are “To probe deeply into humanity and the world at large, illuminate the essential qualities of language, literature, culture and expression, and inquire into the history of human society,” and “To refine the traditional system of scholarship for the purpose of establishing it as an unshakably firm academia based on an understanding of the wealth of scholarship to be developed in the new era.” Applicants must understand these goals and have the intention to actively work on obtaining their degrees.
  • Understand the curriculum from the basic to the specialized courses, and possess the basic academic abilities required for the studies after enrollment. Applicants also need to have accumulated a broad range of academic knowledge and experience during their high-school education.
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