Create original learning from a wide range of themes.

Approach a variety of problems surrounding us in our daily lives.
Look for the field of study that interests you from a variety of perspectives.

Appeal of the Department

Sociology emerged in the 19th century when history took a major turn for the better. Although the field of study is very broad, sociology involves a lot of research in order to learn about society. It may involve going to different places, listening to stories, collecting documents, taking surveys, and participating in rituals. After gathering material through field research, sociology uses sociological theory to draw conclusions.
In the Department of Contemporary Sociology, students will understand the systems that define and function modern society, learn how to utilize resources based on the premise that they are finite, and acquire the ability to discover and solve problems that arise in local communities in order to build a sustainable society. In this curriculum, students will acquire the basic knowledge and research skills to understand society, learn various activities of modern society through experience and become able to work proactively to solve various problems.
Our goal is to develop the ability to solve social problems by learning about the diverse world and discovering new alternatives, and by building on these efforts, we aim to realize social inclusion (a society in which people from various backgrounds respect and support each other).

  • POINT
    1

    Studying modern society from the perspective of local communities (people), institutions (systems) and resources (things).

    Students learn the basics of understanding modern society from the three perspectives of institutions (systems), local communities (people), and resources (things).

  • POINT
    2

    Students will experience and learn about various activities in society through fieldwork.

    Through field research, such as visiting various places, listening to interviews, collecting materials, taking surveys, and participating in ceremonies, students will collect natural materials and acquire research, discovery, consideration, management, and solution skills.

  • POINT
    3

    Explore and learn about research themes from six research areas.

    Students will acquire the ability to grasp the various issues of modern society and work proactively to solve them. In addition, students will explore ways to solve each problem and think about how to create a better society.

Licence
  • Qualifications that can be obtained by earning credits
    Junior high school teacher's license (social) / Senior high school teacher's license (civics) / curator / social welfare chief qualification / child instructor qualification / social researcher / child welfare chief qualification*
    *Qualification that can be acquired conditionally

  • Qualifications recommended and supported for acquisition
    Domestic Travel Service Supervisor / Integrated Travel Service Supervisor / Biotope Supervisor / Environmental Restoration Doctor Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) / IT Passport Test / Multimedia Certification Test / CG Creator Certification Test / Web Designer Certification Test / Web Design Skills Test / Information Security Management Test / Basic Information Technician Test / Applied Information Technician Test / Practical English Proficiency Test / TOEIC ® / Practical French Proficiency Test / Japanese Language Proficiency Test

 
Career
Options
  • 【Tourism】Travel Tour Conductor / Tour Planner / Counter Salesperson / Theme Park Staff / Land Operator / Travel Coordinator / Local Guide / Travel Writer / Restaurant Staff / Hotel Staff 【Railway / Airline】Passenger Agent/ Station Attendant 【Environment and Nature】Environmental Consultant/Environmental Analyst/Nature Guide/Park Ranger 【Art】Curator/Museum Staff/Excavator 【Sports】Sports Organization Staff/Sports Media 【Public Service and NPO】Police/National Park Staff 【School】Junior High School Teacher (social studies)/High School Teacher (civics) High School Teachers (social studies)/High School Teachers (civics)/School Staff
    【Companies such as wholesalers/retailers, service companies, information and communication companies】 General Affairs/HR /PR / /Sales Person, etc.

The Department of Contemporary Sociology's Research Areas

  • Seminar in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnography

    Through "encounters with others" in fieldwork, students will question their own assumptions. Students will develop a rich perspective on the globalized world of today.

  • Tourism and Regional Revitalization Seminar

    Rediscovering the charm of the region and creating a place of enrichment and experience. We will explore ways to enrich our lives, our livelihoods and our communities.

  • Seminar of Environmental Studies and Nature Conservation

    Students learn about the "environment" surrounding human beings from a variety of perspectives, including nature, society, and cities, and develop the knowledge that will lead to coexistence with the environment.

  • Seminar of Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage

    Students will understand the role of museums and public cultural facilities, learn through experience how to protect and utilize cultural heritage, and consider how to create a richer society.

  • Leisure and Recreation Seminar

    Students will understand the meaning and role of "savoring and enjoying free time" and explore new possibilities for leisure and recreation.

  • Seminar of Sport Sociology

    Students will learn about the broader role of sports in modern society and consider the ways to enrich our lives by sports.

Learning about modern society from three different perspectives

  • Sociology is the study of relationships between human beings and organizations such as people and families, communities, schools, and companies. Relationships between human beings have a certain pattern. Power relations between people, communication, customs, institutions, and laws influence our daily behavior, whether we are aware of it or not. Sociology reveals these things from various angles. For this reason, there are many different fields of sociology.
    The Department of Contemporary Sociology has a variety of fields of study, including fields that deal with social phenomena and systems, fields that explore the commonalities and diversity of humans in the world, and fields that focus on the environment. At the Department of Contemporary Sociology, students learn the basics of modern society from the three perspectives: institutions (systems), local communities (people), and resources (things).