Department of Cultural Sociology

Department Overview

Teaching Incisive Analytical and Critical-Thinking Skills by Shedding Light on Everyday Modern Culture.

The Department of Cultural Sociology gives students a revealing analysis of human relationships and how the world works. Its perspectives span everyday aspects of modern culture such as fashion, movies, music, the Internet, family, relationships and marriage. Students learn how to think from a sociological perspective, approaching a wide range of fields from a multilateral approach.

Teaching Aims

Drawing its subject matter from modern culture, Department coursework teaches students how to analyze the background causes of various social phenomena and social issues through sociological techniques such as fieldwork and social surveys. It gives students the ability to take a multilateral approach to issues, and teaches problem-solving skills and other abilities useful in a wide range of careers after graduation.

Teaching Aims

Why the Department of Cultural Sociology?

Sociology teaches ways of thinking about human relationships and how the world works.
Sociology provides ways of approaching questions about familiar everyday occurrences and events. It can explain curiosities such as how trends and rumors are born, or why high prices do not dissuade buyers of designer products. The Department of Cultural Sociology teaches sociological approaches that examine these everyday questions in detail. Sociology examines human relationships and how the world works from a more diverse range of approaches than high school social studies classes.
The highly flexible curriculum lets each student focus on her individual area(s) of interest.
Since sociology is a field that applies to any phenomenon or question of interest related to the world at large, the Department has minimized the number of mandatory courses. Students are free to choose a curriculum that allows for focus on topics of interest.
To learn skills applicable to a wide range of jobs after graduation.
The Department of Cultural Sociology teaches students how to insightfully analyze human relationships and how the world works. Social survey techniques and sociological ways of approaching issues from a broad range of perspectives are skills that students will be able to apply to almost any field after graduation.


Teaching abilities applicable to every area that involves human interaction.

Major Accreditations and Licenses Open to Graduates

  • High School Teacher's License Type 1 (Civics)
  • Junior High School Teacher's License Type 1 (Social Studies)
  • Librarian
  • Curator
  • Qualifications to work as children's program directors

Typical Careers and Employers Chosen by Graduates

  • Customer service / sales industry (apparel, cosmetics, airlines, hotels, real estate, banking, securities)
  • Planning / PR (wedding planning, travel, mass-media, advertising)
  • General office work, sales
  • Graduate school

Time and Credits Needed to Graduate

Four years, at least 124 credits.

Degree Received by Graduates

Bachelor's Degree (Sociology).

Faculties and Graduate Schools

  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Human Sciences
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Childhood Development and Education
    • Department of Cultural Sociology
    • Department of Human Life Environments
  • Faculty of Nursing and Rehabilitation
Graduate Schools
  • Graduate School of Humanities and Human Sciences
  • Graduate School of Nursing
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