Division of Sociology

Ideal Graduates for the Division of Sociology

In the context of the need for a future society to work to achieve Society 5.0, a data-driven society, and sustainable development goals, the Division aims to respond to the need for highly specialized professionals who have the advanced knowledge and abilities needed to objectively ascertain and analyze the complex social issues we face, working toward diverse solutions in collaboration with others. We also recognize the need for individuals who have the advanced intellectual grounding needed to support a knowledge-based society. To this end, the image of the ideal graduates that the Division aims to train are individuals who possess an interest in the complex nature of society and who can utilize their advanced knowledge of sociological theory and social research methods in order to devise evidence-based solutions to social issues in collaboration with diverse others.

Objectives of the Division

The Division seeks to train individuals who possess an interest in the complex nature of contemporary society and have acquired advanced knowledge of sociological theory and social research methods in order to shed light on the social phenomena and social issues that exist within contemporary society. We believe that such individuals have the potential to become highly specialized professionals who have the advanced knowledge and abilities needed to objectively ascertain and analyze the complex social issues that we face, working toward solutions in collaboration with diverse others as well as individuals who have the advanced intellectual grounding needed to support a knowledge-based society. Highly skilled individuals such as these will be needed as future society works to achieve Society 5.0, a data-driven society, and the sustainable development goals. Graduate schools, which work at a higher level than that of undergraduate courses, will play a vital role in responding to the need for academic staff and training to provide the advanced expertise and skills required for such individuals as described above. In response to these social needs, the university has established a Master’s program in Sociology within the Division of Sociology, with the educational objective of training individuals who possess an interest in the complex nature of society and who can utilize their advanced knowledge of sociological theory and social research methods in order to devise evidence-based solutions to social issues in collaboration with diverse others. This graduate-level program builds on the foundation established by the undergraduate Department of Sociology within the Faculty of Sociology.

Adult Learners

The Division will offer entrance examinations for working adult learners and will provide support and advice to those who pass the examinations regarding issues such as research planning and course registration in the period leading up to enrollment. Adult learners will also have the option of taking most of their classes on Saturdays and of taking their courses part-time over a longer period.

International Students

The Division does not enroll international students into the course. Classes will generally be conducted in Japanese, and therefore, a certain level of Japanese language ability is required. Individuals who have graduated from a Japanese university at the undergraduate level are considered to have the necessary proficiency required to study in the Master’s program at the Division.