The Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences was established in April, 2002 as a three-year independent, interdisciplinary and comprehensive Doctoral Program based on specialized fields in the Faculty of Letters and the Faculty of Law. In April, 2006, the Division of Instructional Systems (master’s program) which was designed to foster e-learning professionals, was founded. In April, 2008, the new Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences, which consists of the Master’s Program and the Doctoral Program, was created by reorganizing and integrating the existing Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences, the Graduate School of Letters (master’s program), the Graduate School of Law (master’s program), and the Division of Instructional Systems.
In addition to the traditional academic courses (8 courses), the Master’s Program offers 7 newly-founded professional courses, including Public Policy; The Legal Profession; Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Organizational Management; East Asian Business Communication; Cultural Administration and Curators; Japanese Teaching in senior High School; and English Language Teaching. These courses help to realize an education that responds to a wide range of social needs.
The Doctoral Program aims to cultivate highly-specialized professionals and researchers. It is comprised of three divisions. The Human and Social Sciences Division pursues development and policy studies of new social systems, and their theoretical groundings. The Cultural Sciences Division is concerned with research into various aspects of human culture and the formulation of cultural policies for contemporary society. And the third is the Instructional Systems Division. All the three doctoral divisions have been created to open the door for adult students and foreign students, in addition to those who proceed from the Master’s Program.