Language and Culture
In the Division of Language and Culture, students pursue research on Japan’s classical literature, modern literature, and language education, focusing especially on the language and literature of Japan’s southern island region. Major goals include the acquisition of advanced licenses and qualifications, such as specialized teacher’s licenses, and the further education of government workers and the general public.
Prehistory, History, and Culture
In the Division of Prehistory, History, and Culture, students conduct research in one of two major areas: (1) archeology, focused on prehistoric culture in the southern island region, with an emphasis on comparative studies with surrounding regions such as East Asia and Southeast Asia; or (2) southern island history, with an emphasis on reading early-modern manuscripts and tracing the transmission of 20th century documents, in order to deepen one’s understanding of the history of the southern islands.
The Division of Folk Culture also focuses on researching the southern island region, but with emphasis placed on connections with surrounding regions, such as East Asia and Southeast Asia. The curriculum and lecture content delve deeply into an examination of folk culture in the southern islands, while expanding into an exploration of surrounding regions.
Society and Culture
The Division of Society and Culture takes a sociological approach in examining the characteristics of social relations in the southern island regions and cultural problems that are mechanisms for perpetuating social structures. The division also examines the basic structure of southern island society, human development, and ways of dealing with actual social problems.