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Graduate School without an Undergraduate Faculty

The Graduate School of History and Folklore Studies is a graduate school based on no specific faculty. It is served by an assemble of abundant and resourceful research staff throughout Kanagawa University, as instructors from respective faculties of the university are engaged in educating students and guiding their research at the Graduate School. Though the tutoring instructors belong to various departments of the university, they provide research guidance in a single building that houses seminar rooms, a library, joint research rooms, testing and exercise rooms and other facilities as well as laboratories for graduate students.

Study of Materials on History and Folklore

The Graduate School of History & Folklore Studies is the first graduate school in Japan conducting studies of materials, established in 1993 against the background of the development achieved in the study of history and folklore in Japan and with an aim to further develop new fields of study. A major objective of the Graduate School is for students to acquire techniques to appropriately handle and utilize materials, such as the materials that inevitably exist at the foundation of history and folklore studies, and enhance their research capabilities to investigate Japanese society through the analyses of such materials. Another objective is for the students to have sufficient knowledge and techniques for research and collection of materials as well as their repair and preservation. A high regard is bestowed on this guidance policy socially, as exemplified by the adoption of “The Systematization of Nonwritten Cultural Materials for the Study of Human Societies,” which is research conducted primarily by the Graduate School of History & Folklore Studies, to the 21st Century COE Program launched in the 2003 academic year.

Comprehensive Use of a Wide Variety of Subjects

The Graduate School of History & Folklore Studies offers a curriculum comprising a wide variety of subjects including cultural anthropology, archaeology, architectural history, preservation science and materials analysis, in addition to subjects of respective eras on the Japanese history and various areas in folklore and museology. The objective of studying these subjects is that students become capable of utilizing a variety of materials, including written materials, folk materials, folk implements and artifacts, archaeological materials, pictorial materials and architecture, in a sufficient and comprehensive manner.

Building on the Heritage of the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture

The educational and academic activities of the Graduate School of History & Folklore Studies are conducted in close cooperation with the Kanagawa University affiliated Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture and the Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Material. Founded in 1921 by Keizo Shibusawa and transferred to the administration of Kanagawa University in 1982, the Institute has engaged in wide ranging studies on Japan’s history and folk culture. The Institute provides students with various opportunities to participate in workshops and material research activities, and allows them to utilize the materials and literature of the Institute for their studies. The Graduate School of History & Folklore is therefore the most abundant and useful source of data and information available for students at the graduate school of Kanagawa University.

Graduate School Open and Contributing to Society

The Graduate School of History & Folklore Studies expects students to become researchers who will promote local cultural activities as well as preserve and nurture local culture. To this end, the Graduate School intends to proactively accept not only students coming directly from undergraduate faculties, but also already working individuals who desire to review Japanese culture and society, as well as incumbent museum personnel, archive staff and teachers who want to reconsider or reshape their work. There are day-time and evening courses set for the convenience of working students, and considerations have been made where requirements for completing the course can be primarily met by taking the evening classes. In addition, it is possible for these individuals to seek ways of utilizing the knowledge and techniques they acquire through the Curator Course, which the University also offers.