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[University]Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities consists of the Departments of Japanese, English, and History. Students receive a basic education in academic disciplines relating to the spirit, mind and culture of human beings, with a focus on literature, language and history. The object of these studies is not simply to provide students with specialized expertise or vocational skills that will be of immediate benefit when they leave the University and enter the workplaces. Rather, they are designed to allow students the opportunity to develop their latent potential to become mature, independent citizens. To this end, the three departments of the Faculty of Humanities use small, seminar-like classes to encourage the discussions of knowledge and ideas between students and faculty.

Each of the three departments features a phased curriculum that allows fourth-year students to write a graduation thesis with the guidance of faculty members. Typical courses include the history of literature (Japanese and English), introduction to literature, history of Japanese cultural mores, Iinguistics, Iiterary translation seminars, the Bible, ancient Greek, methodology of world history, and contemporary world history.

A number of courses held by the Faculty of Humanities are also open to students in other departments. One is the instruction in Japanese language and affairs offered to students from other countries. These classes allow the growing community of international students at Japan Women's University to supplement their Japanese language skills while pursuing classes in their major.

Another course also open to students in other departments offers training in the teaching of Japanese as a second language. As Japan takes on an increasing role in world affairs, the number of non-native speakers studying Japanese is rising steadily. Despite this growing need, the number of native instructors capable of offering proper instruction in the Japanese language is far from adequate. Relatively few Japanese universities offer courses in the teaching of Japanese as a second language.