This department is comprised of three programs in Philosophy, History and Cultural Studies.
The Philosophy Program covers the two fields of philosophy and the classics, covering the various periods of western philosophy from ancient Greece to contemporary Britain and the US. Students conduct research on theoretical studies of world structures from the perspectives of language and science, ethical studies on values and norms, and theoretical philosophy, which has strong ties to mathematics. The History Program strives to cultivate professionals and researchers who have the ability to think historically and are equipped with broad knowledge by integrating the study of Japanese, Eastern, and Western history as well as archaeology. The Program in Studies of Culture and Representation addresses diverse topics in artistic and cultural practices from two methodological perspectives: theoretically informed analysis of visual culture, traditional and modern performing arts, music and sound culture, and literature; and critique of cultural representations in light of contemporary discussions on social order, power, the body, and media.