Course of History

Course of History

Developing original perspectives and theories based on the achievements of our great predecessors



Chair of the Course of History

Masashi Chiba

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Message from the Course Chair

Explore the source, consider the past, and live in the present and future

The Course of History comprises three divisions: Japanese History, Eastern History, and Western History. We administer an entrance examination for working adults and conduct classes both during the day and in the evening to open the door to working adults, including teachers, curators, and archivists. Our faculty members for Japanese History and Western History specialize in each period of history from the ancient times to the modern era, and for Eastern History, teachers cover Chinese history from the ancient times to the present. To respond to the various needs of historical investigation, and to enable students to transcend their specialization fields and develop powers of inquiry across various periods and regions, classes can also be conducted across divisions. In terms of guidance, we support students in acquiring research methods and other basic skills that will enable them to achieve the level of intellectual independence that is appropriate for high-level professionals and researchers. In specific terms, this means helping students grasp empirical analysis methods for examining sources (historical materials) and supporting them in developing their creativity, which is required to free themselves from the confines of existing theories. Report meetings held throughout the course are one feature of our research activities; we encourage and help students to write Master’s theses, accumulate research accomplishments, and prepare academic manuscripts through these meetings. These research results are published in the Bulletin of the Graduate School, Toyo University, Hakusan Shigaku (Hakusan History), the journal of the Hakusan Historical Society—the only Toyo University organization registered with the Science Council of Japan—and other academic journals. Moreover, by participating in the management of the Hakusan Shigaku journal, students learn about how publications support the work of researchers. By refining their methods of viewing history, studying past events, and discovering the footprints of politics, society, and culture, students can expect to take the first steps in acquiring human wisdom that connects to the present and future.

Overview of the Course

The Course of History comprises three divisions: “Japanese History,” “Eastern History,” and “Western History.” Students can attend classes across these divisions.

The course adopts a day/evening class system so that both new graduates and working adults can join; working adult students need to attempt an examination.

Passion for history does not depend on age or gender. Some of our students are working as they study, and some are undertaking the challenge of real historical study in their retirement years.

The teachers for each course share methods for reading and analyzing historical materials and texts and provide careful guidance on individual research themes.

We spare no effort in providing the necessary support for students to conduct research based on their original perspectives and theories while referring to the achievements of their predecessors and to produce creative and unique research outcomes.

The course focuses on nurturing excellent young researchers.

The Hakusan Historical Society, which seeks to share historical traditions, is registered with the Science Council of Japan. The Society also provides a venue for graduate students to present their research, and through their involvement in the management of the society, students can enhance their personal connections and broaden their perspectives of the historical world.

  • Admission capacity: Master’s program – 6 students; Doctoral program – 3 students
  • Lecture times: Day and Evening (mainly day)
  • Campus: Hakusan
  • Degree : Master’s program – Master of Arts; Doctoral program – Ph.D. in History
  • Teacher’s license: High school (Geography and History); Junior high school (Social Studies)