Cultural understanding for a globalized society
Message from the Dean
Please allow me to welcome you to the Faculty of International Humanities. We are based on the main campus of JIU, in Togane, Chiba Prefecture where you will find a lively atmosphere among the overseas and Japanese students who are members of this faculty. It is our aim to provide you with the necessary language and cultural skills required to make your way successfully in the world following your graduation and to help you to make meaningful connections between people of all nationalities.
Our Faculty: global diversity and comparative research
The Department of Inter-cultural Studies embodies its eponym in many ways: faculty research and teaching interests, global diversity of faculty and students, and the course concentrations offered. Students choose a concentration ? Japanese Cultural Studies, Chinese Language and Culture, Korean Language and Culture, or Comparative Cultural Studies ? each providing areas of expertise in national languages and cultures, contextualized through comparative studies across regional and global divides.
Faculty research specialties span comparative literature and culture studies (music, film, visual culture, translation studies, popular culture) from classical to contemporary times and from various regions, with special strengths in Asian, European, North American and Latin American studies. Our faculty participates actively in JIU's Global College, which offers special topics courses taught exclusively in English.
Path of study: from basics to expertise
Students begin their studies with choices of core education courses that introduce both broad surveys and in-depth analyses of humanities-oriented issues. This includes the study of Japanese and another foreign language, cultural research basics, information science and advanced computer literacy. In the second and third years, students can experience study tours (both around Japan and abroad), teaching practicum, and internships (museums, film festivals, sports clubs, local government and cultural institutions).
These experiences provide valuable personal insight that informs the final phase of the curriculum, wherein students join research teams, each led by one faculty member on areas of that faculty member's expertise. Students work closely with faculty to develop research projects of their own. This culminating experience prepares students to function as well-rounded professionals and to continue to grow as thinkers.
International students: living Japan, living JIU
Living in Japan and studying in the Department of Inter-cultural Studies is a vibrant, immersive experience. JIU gives a unique opportunity to join a truly international community, while getting to know, see, feel, hear, and taste Japanese culture first hand. International students participate actively in University events, and are among the leaders of the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the campus. Regular opportunities to travel through study trips to Kyoto or around Tokyo bring students inside the ancient and contemporary cultures of Japan, including its temples and shrines, traditional and folk arts, and popular culture industries.
The campus is teeming with events, whether the annual Cultural Festival or the Mizuta Memorial Museum of Art with collections of ukiyoe. Both on campus and in our Department, international students find new adventures that lead to new senses of belonging, new forms of knowledge, and new ways of thinking.
Life after graduation: professions and graduate study opportunities
Our highly diverse alumni have many options on graduating ? frequent career paths include teaching positions in secondary schools, or any fields where international experience, multiple language capabilities, and critical thinking skills are desired. This includes paths in the humanities, or creative industries, as well as business, international trade, public relations, marketing, and tourism. Some of our students opt to further their studies by advancing to graduate school in pursuit of careers in law, advanced research or higher education.
At JIU, we pride ourselves on having developed a truly international student body. The career trajectories of our alumni reflect that, tracing paths around Japan and across the globe.
I am Zhou Yayun from China. I studied with the JIU Department of Inter-cultural Studies for two years, and I am currently a student of the Graduate School of JIU. In my life, at JIU I have found good teachers and good Japanese friends, and have worked toward my dream to become a good teacher of Japanese language. I am going to study more professionally about Japanese language education by pursuing a doctorate. In the future, I would like not only to teach Japanese language, but also to tell much about Japanese culture and the student life in Japan to the Japanese language learners in China.
Stacy Clifton (right)
Hello, everyone! My name is Stacy, and I am an undergraduate at JIU studying international culture. I'm from St. Louis, Missouri, but determined to improve my Japanese skills, I decided to come study in Japan. I chose the Inter-cultural Studies program because I am interested not only in Japanese culture, but how it relates and is connected to other cultures. I have also made many friends in this program who are very innovative, kind, and global in both thinking and acting. In the future, I hope to use my Japanese abilities to perhaps teach others or work as a translator.
I am Hiroshi, and I come from Akita. I was interested in mythology and museology, both of which I studied with the JIU Department of Inter-cultural Studies. I am now working at the Shimizu Corporation, one of the biggest general contractor and civil engineering companies in Japan. During my time at JIU, I served on the Students' Union and chaired the Executive Committee for JIU Festival. I was so busy every day, not only with studies, but also with such extracurricular activities. It was good training for me to communicate with different types of people and to build good relationships with them. I hope to work globally with my communication skills gained in my time at JIU.