COMPARATIVE CULTURE MAJOR

What is Comparative Culture?

Comparative Culture (CC) is an interdisciplinary major in the humanities focusing in particular on the fields of Art History, Literature, and Religion and Philosophy. Dealing with a variety of cultural traditions, Art History covers all fields of art including forms such as sculpture, architecture, painting, crafts, and photography. The field of Literature explores the epics, novels, poetry, theatrical works, and other genres produced in a variety of cultures. Religion and Philosophy focuses on understanding the philosophical and religious orientations of different cultures as expressed in myths, philosophical and religious texts, the arts, rituals, and ethical practices. Many of the courses in the three fields of study share overlapping themes and interests. In particular, all three fields focus on understanding how peoples of different cultural traditions have attempted to understand themselves as well as those of other cultures. In addition, Comparative Culture focuses on developing students' skills in critical reading and writing as well as in interpreting their own and other cultures. Comparative Culture thus aims to prepare students for a range of career tracks and life situations in an age that is increasingly marked by globalization, the encounter of different cultures, and the emergence of multi-cultural societies and work places.


Comparative Culture Students

Students majoring in Comparative Culture come from all parts of the world. Many of the courses in Comparative Culture are related to Japanese culture, history, art, literature, and religion. Many exchange students from abroad also take Comparative Culture classes. This provides an opportunity for students from around the world to think together about the meaning of their lives, cultures, and societies. What we should do, who we should try to become, and how we can make this a better world are issues that commonly arise. We hope to provide students with an education to help them think about these questions and thus help create a new world for themselves and others. Students in Comparative Culture find jobs in all types of companies, NGOs, educational institutions, and government agencies. Students in Comparative Culture are valued for their language skills, multicultural sensibilities, flexibility, and writing skills.

Comparative Culture Faculty

Representing a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds, professors in Comparative Culture are deeply engaged in the issues raised by cultural encounters, particularly those of Japan with the rest of the world. All have been educated both in Japan and abroad. Knowing both English and Japanese, all Faculty members are deeply aware of the problems and possibilities involved in the encounter between different languages and cultures. The aim of Comparative Culture is to provide students with the skills to find their way in an ever-changing world.


Course List

The Comparative Culture major emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge within three fields: Art History, Literature, and Religion Philosophy. Students take 48 credits in the major distributed among a primary and a secondary field.

Course List

To see course descriptions, please click the link below,
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Art History
Courses NoTitle2017 Semester Offered
ART201INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY/VISUAL CULTURE 1Autumn
ART250INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY/VISUAL CULTURE 2Spring
ART301SURVEY OF WESTERN ART 1Not Offered
ART302SURVEY OF WESTERN ART 2Not Offered
ART303TOPICS IN JAPANESE ARTSpring
ART304POPULAR CULTURE STUDIESNot Offered
ART305ANIMATION STUDIESAutumn
ART306MEDIA STUDIESSpring
ART321SURVEY OF JAPANESE ART 1Not Offered
ART351STUDIES IN ART HISTORYNot Offered
ART352STUDIES IN VISUAL CULTUREAutumn
ART368GENDER IN JAPANESE VISUAL CULTURESpring
ART371JAPANESE ART IN CROSS-CULTURAL CONTEXTNot Offered
ART376STUDIES IN MODERN JAPANESE ART HISTORYNot Offered
ART401FILM STUDIESNot Offered
ART410PRESENTATION OF BODY: RACE AND GENDERAutumn
ART453COMPARATIVE ART HISTORY Not Offered
ART461SEMINAR IN ART HISTORY 1Not Offered
ART463STUDIES IN EAST ASIAN VISUAL CULTUREAutumn
ART482SEMINAR IN JAPANESE ART HISTORYSpring
Literature
Courses NoTitle2017 Semester Offered
LIT201LITERARY GENRESAutumn
LIT231INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE LITERATURESpring
LIT300WESTERN LITERATURENot Offered
LIT304JAPANESE FILMNot Offered
LIT307CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE LITERATUREAutumn
LIT308REMEMBERING THE WAR IN JAPANESE LITERATURESpring
LIT309MODERN JAPAN THROUGH LITERATURE, FILM AND MEDIAAutumn
LIT310DRAMATIC AND PERFORMING ARTS IN JAPAN AND THE WORLDSpring
LIT320AMERICAN POETRYAutumn
LIT322CONTEMPORARY LITERATURESpring
LIT324LITERATURE AND FILMAutumn
LIT325ASIAN TEXTS: LEGACY OF THE PASTNot Offered
LIT331SURVEY OF JAPANESE LIT 1Spring
LIT337MODERN JAPANESE FICTION Autumn
LIT344COMPARATIVE LITERATUREAutumn
LIT347ASIAN LITERATURENot Offered
LIT352WORLD LITERATURE: A LITERARY JOURNEYNot Offered
LIT353WRITING ABOUT LOVE: PAST AND PRESENTSpring
LIT370CREATIVE WRITINGNot Offered
LIT404HISTORY OF POPULAR LITERATURE IN JAPANNot Offered
LIT405SEMINAR IN MODERN LITERATURENot Offered
LIT445SAMURAI IN LITERATURE AND HISTORYAutumn
LIT470SEMINAR IN WORLD LITERATURESpring
Religion-Philosophy
Courses NoTitle2017 Semester Offered
RPH201INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHYAutumn
RPH202FUNDAMENTALS OF RELIGIONSpring
RPH301INTELLECTUAL TRADITIONS OF SOUTH ASIAAutumn
RPH303THE ENCOUNTER OF RELIGIONS IN THE MODERN WORLDNot Offered
RPH311RELIGIOUS BIOGRAPHIES: BUDDHA & CHRISTNot Offered
RPH335RELIGION, CONFLICT AND VIOLENCEAutumn
RPH341JAPANESE RELIGIONSAutumn
RPH351RELIGION AND THE ARTS Not Offered
RPH361BUDDHIST TRADITIONSSpring
RPH370BUSINESS ETHICSNot Offered
RPH401INDIGENOUS RELIGIONSpring
RPH402SOUTHEAST ASIAN CLASSICAL AND MEDIEVAL TEXTSAutumn
RPH410REL.MODERNITY & COLONIALISMNot Offered
RPH411RELIGION AND THE BODYSpring
RPH437PHILOSOPHICAL APPROCHES TO BUDDHISMNot Offered
RPH455SACRED SPACE AND TIMENot Offered