Messages from Deans
(Undergraduate School and Graduate School)

Dean of the College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University

Ryuzo UENO

With sixty-odd years of history, Ritsumeikan University’s Graduate School of Letters covers a broad range of disciplines in humanities. Many faculty members specializing in studies within various fields of humanities help students pursue research into their own particular areas of interest. We have also long made active efforts to promote internationalization and interdisciplinary education and research, and are committed to facilitating academic exchange with graduate schools abroad. We believe that the integration of both long-established and new areas of research can take our students to new heights. This has been proved by many of our alumni who are now playing active roles in various fields.

We at the Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University are looking forward to seeing you here in Kyoto, a center of traditional Japanese culture.

Ryuzo UENO

Dean of the Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University

Hiroshi YONEYAMA

With the rapid advancement of globalization and informatization in the 21st century, the study of humanities now faces a crucial turning point. There is a growing global call for humanities studies that address contemporary issues based on a long history of humanities research. In response to these academic realities, the Graduate School of Letters is seeking to open up a new horizon for humanities by further enhancing the quality of its education and research activities.

To meet the needs of the times, in academic year 2014, the Graduate School of Letters broadened its scope of research and education by incorporating “Modern East Asian Languages and Cultures” and “Area Studies of English Speaking Countries” into the domains covered by the Major of Humanities, and “Digital Humanities for Arts and Culture” and “Archaeology and Cultural Heritage” into the Major in Informatics of Behavior and Culture. I hope that we will be able to work with all of you, who are so full of energy and enthusiasm, to create a new Graduate School of Letters in these new domains.

Hiroshi YONEYAMA