This program aims at widening students’ perspectives while developing knowledge and skills necessary for investigating the interaction between the natural environment, regional social cultures, and humanity. By engaging in fieldwork, students gain a systematic understanding of various regional cultural phenomena in modern society enabling them to grasp multi-lateral views of regional cultures.
This program offers the following three areas: Regional Sociology, which investigates historical subjects such as drastic changes and lives of regional societies, Folklore Studies, which pursues solutions for problems faced by regional societies inside and outside of Japan and for declining regional areas through comparative research among neighboring Asian cultures, and Geographical Space, which develops expertise enabling students to undertake fieldwork and interpret topographical maps and aerial photographs through active learning experiences and discussions.

Regional Sociology
Folklore Studies