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Faculty of Letters

Discovering the joy of making new findings through comprehensive and detailed examination of people and society

Aichi University’s Faculty of Letters has two features: An extensive scope of academic disciplines and depth of expertise and education. It offers a diversity of academic disciplines that deal with people and society, including philosophy, literature, history, psychology, and sociology, courses on library and information science, and a program for majoring in Media Arts by exploring the role of media as an aesthetic. The Faculty offers such diverse academic disciplines because it aims to help students decide which specialized field interests them so that they can enter the world of research by pursuing their own studies. The Faculty had previously comprised two departments: the Department of Humanities and Sociology and the Department of Psychology. However, primarily for the purpose of clarifying what academic fields it offers, the Faculty has recently decided to make a new start by reorganizing itself into the following four departments: the Department of Geography and History, the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, the Department of Humanities and Sociology, and the Department of Psychology. The Faculty offers two types of entrance examinations: a department/course-based examination and a cross-departmental one. In either case, students are given the opportunity to study all academic disciplines offered at the Faculty in their freshmen year, before choosing a major to begin pursuing specialized research in their field of interest in their sophomore year. The Faculty’s specialized education aims to help students acquire the skills needed to make new proposals by identifying issues, reading documents and data, conducting fieldwork, and applying logical thinking all on their own. The Faculty looks forward to helping those interested in all kinds of matters relating to people and society make perhaps modest yet nonetheless exciting discoveries with their own efforts.

With a diverse variety of academic disciplines offered as cross-disciplinary studies, the Faculty of Letters is able to help students interested in studying topics that require crossing the boundaries of disciplines.
■Proceeding to the next year of study: a step-by-step description of how to choose a major

To proceed to the second year of study, students will need to have earned the required number of credits by the end of their freshmen fall semester. Regardless of the type of entrance examination they take to enter, all students are required to become affiliated with a major when they proceed to their second year of study.
(1) Preliminary surveys
Students will be asked to answer three preliminary surveys (i.e., one in each of the following months: April, September, and January) on their majors of interest. The survey results are posted on bulletin boards for students to use as a reference when choosing a major. In March, students will be asked to answer a survey on their final choice of major.
(2) Final choice and assignment of majors
①Students who have entered by taking the department/course-based examination and earned sufficient credits to proceed to the second year of study are guaranteed the right to become affiliated with one of the majors offered by their department/course. (Students will need to inform us of the major they want to become affiliated with by submitting a request in January.)
②Students who have entered by taking either the cross-departmental examination or the high-school recommendation-based examination and students who are entitled to the right described in 1. but do not wish to exercise it are asked to fill out all necessary sections of the survey on their final choice of major and submit it to the office in charge.
③Majors are assigned based on student GPAs and are posted on bulletin boards before the beginning of the second-year spring semester.