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Faculty of Letters

Nara has been gifted with a deep history and culture, allowing our Faculty of Letters to conduct a rich variety of educational and research programs on a wide scale. There are vast resources to explore here, including the literary, historical, and cultural studies that have been taking place from ancient times to the present day.

Department of Japanese Literature

Find literature - and yourself - in Nara.

The Department of Japanese Literature emphasizes a course of study that takes into account the cultures that have developed out of the written word from ancient times to the present day. Nara has been the stage for numerous writings from the dynastic ages to the modern day. Through hands-on class work such as learning the practical skills of classical entertainment forms like Noh drama, students will be able to attain a deeper understanding of cultures and their climates. Our university's small class size system allows our well-trained faculty to provide incredibly detailed instruction each school year. The goal is to encourage students to express themselves through the spoken and written word.

Department of History

Think about it. Feel it. Come to know humanity through our history.

The benefits of studying history in Nara are incalculable. The entire city is a living historical site, where students have the the opportunity not merely to memorize history but to feel it and consider it daily.With a large number of integrated, hands-on classes, students can master the techniques used to accurately understand historical materials through training and practical work, developing the thought processes needed to take historical matters to heart. Our energetic faculty can provide willing students with top-notch instruction about each of the topics and each of the time periods in Japanese history, Oriental history, and Western history. Through such instruction, students will be able to learn history in a deep and comprehensive manner.

Department of Geography

Comprehensively study the features of a region, and think about its future.

Students of geography can comprehensively investigate topics such as topography, climate, living organisms, history, economics, society, culture, transportation, and information. Our faculty includes experts in a broad scope of the humanities and sciences. Their approaches to research widely vary, ranging from investigating historical documents to surveying a site or analyzing satellite data. In the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) field, this department has taken the lead in research, such as volunteering during the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. With activities such as these, students are able to learn the fundamentals of the cutting edge techniques and knowledge in this field.

Department of study of Cultural Properties

Learn what those who came before us knew, and preserve that wisdom for future generations.

Nara University was the first in Japan to establish a Cultural Properties study department.
Since then, this department has been turning out talented individuals in great numbers who are active in the survey of ancient ruins or the various research fields. Nara, in its role as a World Heritage City, offers students an ideal environment for a deeper study through field work where they can encounter authentic ruins and cultural properties. The department's authoritative faculty members have developed educational programs for each major discipline that encourages students to think about these cultural properties from multiple points of view. In addition, the curriculum is set up to offer broad studies in fields such as archaeology, conservation science, and art history, regardless of a student's major.

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