The Faculty of Letters offers an opportunity for students to think about people and their lives in society. A wide range of subjects including culture and history are dealt with through language and literature. Students can acquire and refine the insights needed to grasp the essence that often hides behind the surface of things.
The Department of Japanese Language and Literature focuses on the history and structure of Japanese through the study of phonetics, grammar, and semantics. The Department also pays special attention to the culture of Japan, studying the literature that embodies the thought of the various historical periods.
The Department of English Language and Literature offers courses in English linguistics, British and American literatures, and English language education. Aiming to help students acquire sufficient language ability to discuss matters related to literature, culture, history, and society in international settings, the Department emphasizes the development of the four basic language skills: reading, listening, speaking, and writing.
The Faculty of Letters also provides two special courses: one in the teaching of Japanese as a Foreign Language and the other in humanities, studying various languages and cultures of the world from comparative and synthetic perspectives.