Dig deeply into the essence of human society, and obtain wide-ranging knowledge.

The Faculty of Letters focuses on improving reading, writing and thinking abilities through conscientious education by conducting small-group seminar classes. We foster human resources that can function effectively in any region of the world, and unlock the future with sufficient language skills and wide-ranging knowledge obtained by exploring specialized fields in depth.


Department of Philosophy
Students in the Department of Philosophy read textbooks meticulously and have thorough discussions and dialogues in exercise classes, based on the philosophical knowledge that they have gained from lectures. They decode the true messages of philosophers through repeated learning and thinking. In addition, they acquire various abilities, including thought, communicating and language skills, needed to survive in the contemporary era.
Department of Eastern Philosophy and Culture
To enable students to absorb a wide range of thought and culture cultivated over Asia’s long history, we establish four courses to boost their expertise in specialized fields in accordance with their areas of interest: Indian Studies; Chinese Language, Philosophy, and Literature; Buddhist Studies; and Eastern Art and Culture. We aim to foster human resources that are genuinely well educated and globally competitive, by nurturing the breadth of perspective needed to look across the world and the ability to see oneself.
Department of Japanese Literature and Culture
The Department of Japanese Literature and Culture aims to foster human resources capable of studying Japanese literature and culture deeply, from a global perspective, and communicating their insights to the world. It features a curriculum in which students can learn multiple specialized fields in a cross-sectoral manner according to their areas of interest, as well as improve their skills mainly through small-group seminar classes.
Department of English and American Literature
Students in the Department of English and American Literature study English literature and language to acquire literary and linguistic literacy as well as the ability to think and express themselves. We aim to foster human resources that understand the culture and values of English-speaking countries, and convey them to the world with advanced English skills from uniquely Japanese perspectives.
Department of History
Students in the Department of History analyze societies and lifestyles of the past through literature, and develop their own images of history. This lays the groundwork for understanding the constantly changing international and Japanese situation, and serves as a precious cornerstone to establish present and future societies. Students study the three major fields of Japanese, Asian, and Western history in depth mainly in small-group seminar classes.
Department of Education (Human Development Course)
We study contemporary education from the perspective of “lifelong development,” i.e. that people continue to grow and change throughout their entire lives. Students study education and a wide range of other academic fields in a manner that enables them to pursue a range of issues. We aim to foster human resources that interact, emphasize and grow with others, who are full of active energy and abundant humanity.
Department of Education (Primary Education Course)
We aim to produce teachers with abundant humanity as well as solid and practical teaching and leadership abilities. To achieve this, we offer the Oukan Education System (Toyo University Model) continuously over four years, during which students go back and forth between the university and their assigned elementary school on a regular basis to gain on-site school experience and engage in further research back at the university. This repeated practice enables students to acquire advanced specialization and practical instructional ability.
Department of International Culture and Communication Studies
The Department of International Culture and Communication Studies aims to cultivate students that can deeply comprehend domestic and international culture and acquire the communication skills to accept and convey cultures in multiple languages, in order to build mutual trust by respecting and understanding each other across the barriers of country and value system. Students acquire high-level linguistic abilities as well as deeply understand a variety of cultures, including those in English-, German-, and French-speaking areas, as well as Japanese culture and history.

Learning Columns

The Learning Columns present articles and videos that describe the activities of Toyo University students and departments.
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Prepared in both written and video form, these columns present the experiences of current Toyo University students who devote themselves to their interests and activities.

The Beginning of Philosophy in Japan and the Changes in the View of Nature

  • Tsutomu Sagara, Professor (Department of Philosophy / Faculty of Letters)
  • Main research themes: Contemporary German Philosophy, Contemporary Japanese Philosophy/ Comparative Philosophy

Differences Between the Nara and Heian Periods Based on the Nishinomiya Mokkan

  • Kimiyuki Mori, Professor (Department of History / Faculty of Letters)
  • Research Fields: Japanese ancient history, Historical change in local district officers, East Asian international relationships, Study of mokkan, wooden tablets

Giving Thought to Education, – Familiar hints –

  • Norihiro Fujimoto, Professor (Human Development Course / Department of Education / Faculty of Letters)
  • Research Keywords: Child Poverty, Burden of Educational Costs, Teacher Training

Reading a British Poem

  • Yasuhito Sato, Associate Professor (Department of English and American Literature / Faculty of Letters)
  • Research Fields: British Literature, Irish Literature

Japanese During the Meiji Cultural Reform Through Dictionaries

  • Hajime Kimura, Associate Professor (Department of Japanese Literature and Culture / Faculty of Letters)
  • Research Field: Japanese Linguistics, Waei-gorin Shusei no kenkyu(The Study of Japanese-English Dictionary)

Humour of Chinese Intellectuals seen in Classical Chinese Poetry

  • Tahoko Sakai, Associate Professor (Department of Eastern Philosophy and Culture / Faculty of Letters)
  • Academic Activities: Literature
    Chinese literature

An Introduction to the Study of Grimms’ Fairy Tales “Snow White and Something Germanic”

  • Hisako Ono, Professor (Department of International Culture and Communication Studies / Faculty of Letters)
  • Research Areas: German Literature and Culture, Folk Tales

Indian Culture, Indian Philosophical Ideas

  • Ichirou Numata, Professor (Department of Eastern Philosophy and Culture / Faculty of Letters)
  • Research Field
    Philosophy:Indian Philosophy,Buddhist Studies
    History:Asian History