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Faculty of Letters

The Faculty of Letters was established in May 1949 as part of the new Faculty of Law and Letters. This faculty was then split into the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Letters in 1979. The education and research framework of the Faculty of Letters consists of four educational departments, which are the Department of Integrated Human Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Literature, and the Department of Communications and Information Studies. The Faculty welcomes 170 new students each year. Approximately 70 faculty members are conducting academic research in a broad number of areas, including the humanities, social studies, and cultural studies.

To satisfy new and contemporary needs, three interdisciplinary courses that made use of an existent educational system for cross-disciplinary learning were established in 1997. In 2005, these courses were disbanded and the Department of Communication and Information Studies was established. The aim of its establishment is to help students acquire outstanding abilities in international communication using English, as well as to teach them to excel at processing information. There are numerous international students across the Faculty, which is striving to develop people who can contribute to the international community through various researches.

In April 2009, the EISEI-BUNKO Research Center was established as an affi liate institute of the Faculty of Letters. The purpose of the Center is to enable analysis of the scholarly values of historical materials in the Hosokawa clan’s centuriesold collection, and to promote academic advances of its research. The Center will also be home to the development of a new interdisciplinary research fi eld and organization. Its activities include public forums and lectures in collaboration with local administrative bodies so that the benefi ts of its research can be widely shared. The Center is slated to be elevated to an inter-department institute of Kumamoto University.

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