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.
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.