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The 20th century saw dramatic progress in science and technology that greatly expanded the potential for human beings. This progress created a number of new problems that remain unsolved today: pollution, energy resources, ethnic conflicts, wealth discrepancies, and urban problems. The wave of globalization and information technology that appeared at the end of the century created new problems that can no longer be addressed by established ideas and approaches.

To address these seemingly intractable global problems effectively, new approaches to scholarship that go beyond traditional divisions in academic fields are needed. Scholarship in the 21st century must take traditional scholarship into a new paradigm that emerges from a new vision of human beings and a new vision of scholarship. To achieve this goal, new scholarship cannot be defined simply as an “interdisciplinary” or “comprehensive” grouping of established fields. Rather, to reach this goal, new scholarship must focus developing “comprehensive knowledge” to create new fields of study from various related fields, as well as to offer practical solutions to the issue of “creating sustainable societies” and to advance research on “coexistence between human beings and limited natural resources” and “mutual coexistence of human beings.”


Prior to April 2023, the Graduate School was organized into three departments that were subdivided into 14 courses. As of April 2023, the three departments have been combined into a single department consisting of 10 divisions as part of a new education and research organization.


Below is a list of the newly established 10 divisions.

  1. Mathematical and Information Sciences
  2. Humanity, Society and Thought
  3. Arts and Letters
  4. Cognitive, Behavioral and Health Sciences
  5. Language Sciences
  6. Civilizations of Eastern Asia
  7. Studies on Global Coexistence
  8. Cultural, Regional and Historical Studies on the Environment
  9. Materials Science
  10. Earth, Life and Environment

Information on the faculty members can be found from:

Please contact individual instructors through the email addresses given in the web pages.
For further inquiries please contact the International Students Advisor:

Foreign Language Instructors

German TRAUDEN, Dieter

Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies

As of April, 2003, the Faculty of Integrated Human Studies and the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies were integrated to form the new Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies in order to achieve higher academic goals. The Faculty of Integrated Human Studies remains an undergraduate department; its courses are taught by the Graduate School faculty.

人間・環境学研究科パンフレット 総合人間学部パンフレット