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Message from the Dean

学部長 山内信幸
Dean Nobuyuki Yamauchi
[Master’s in Letters]

Born in Kyoto City, Kyoto in 1959

Master’s Degree in Letters at Doshisha University in 1984

Acted as Lecturer at Niijima Gakuen Junior College, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics of Doshisha University, Professor at the Center for Language and Culture of Doshisha University

Currently acting as Professor of the Faculty of Culture and Information Science since 2005
Specialized in English, Corpus Linguistics and Usage studies, especially engaging in clarification of grammatical phenomena in English and Japanese modifiers such as adjectives and adverbs.

Key concept of the Faculty of Culture and Information Science: “Integration of humanities and sciences”

The Faculty of Culture and Information Science, which was established in 2005, is a relatively new Faculty among other Doshisha University Faculties. Ever since the establishment, we have addressed the attractiveness and potentiality of the new academic area called “Culture and Information Science” by using the slogans of “Explore culture scientifically” and “Analyze various contents of culture through the method of data science.” In recent years, the phrase of “integration of humanities and sciences” has finally become well-known, and the importance of how to analyze and handle diverse cultural phenomena, tangible or intangible, concerning almost everything related to humans, based on the method of data science and of how to make it beneficial in the real world, has become widely recognized.

Fascinating aspects of the Faculty of Culture and Information Science: Faculty members with diverse experiences, unique curriculum, highly research-oriented minds

To describe the fascinating aspects of the Faculty of Culture and Information Science, we can list the following points: we have faculty members with diverse experiences who can respond to a wide variety of interests and concerns of students, a systematical curriculum is offered and at the same time students can take courses at their discretion and, furthermore, the education and research environment is available in place where students can demonstrate their highly research-oriented mind toward their graduation studies, as their grades advance.

In the new Faculty education programs, based on the philosophy of the “integration of humanities and sciences,” we reconfirm that “culture” and “data science” are the two keywords of the Faculty education and aim to enhance, sophisticate and visualize the Faculty’s educational curriculum towards the successful graduation study.

  • 1[Implementation of a course system] With the aim of clarifying the expertise of the curriculum and operating it flexibly by specifying the position of the Culture and Information Science Studies, we will establish a course system in the Faculty programs (“Cultural Resources Studies Course,” “Linguistic Data Science Course,” “Behavioral Data Science Course” and “Fundamental Data Science Course,”) which has already been introduced in the Graduate School.
  • 2[Realization of early laboratory assignment] With the aim of preparing for a content-rich graduation study, develop career consciousness at an early stage and promote communication among faculty members and third and fourth grade students, we will move up the timing of laboratory assignments to the spring semester of the third year.
  • 3[Promotion of PBL (Project-Based Learning) education] With respect to the required courses which secure the research-oriented mind in this Faculty, including “Colloquium,” “Advanced Colloquium,” “Exercise 1, 2 and 3 for Culture and Information Science,” “Joint Research I and II” and “Graduation Study I and II,” we will closely examine the subject contents as well as reconstruct the operation method of the required courses.
  • 4[Reorganization of courses offered] We will reorganize the current education fields into two clusters and six areas as a Culture Cluster (Cultural Resources Studies, Linguistic Data Science and Behavioral Data Science) and a Data Science Cluster (Data Analysis, Basic Mathematics and Information Science).
  • 5[Enhancement of distinctive education programs]We will reorganize the Topics course and study abroad programs and a number of distinctive courses participated by companies that we have already implemented as “Experience-based Education” and also establish “Cultural Experience” under which students are exposed to the cultures of different genres, “Abroad Experience” under which unique student exchange programs and research exchange programs are developed based on the interdepartmental agreement with overseas leading universities toward globalization, “Fieldwork Experience at Companies” under which instructors are invited from companies in cooperation with the companies in Japan and abroad and students can have on-site working experience and, furthermore, “Current Topics” under which students are exposed to leading-edge topics such as science and technology, society and culture.
  • 6[Introduction of “Faculty Scholarship Program”]We will introduce “Faculty Scholarship Program” which enables students with outstanding academic results as of the end of their third year to take Graduate School courses so that such students can terminate early the Master’s program by being enrolled at the Graduate School substantially only a year.

Entrance and exit of the Faculty of Culture and Information Science: diverse types of entrance examinations and an increase in employment opportunities

We draw a clear line from the existing Faculties related to humanities and sciences and seek for a wide variety of prospective students both from humanities and sciences with respect to entrance examinations by commendation. Further, we have made an effort to ensure a number of outstanding prospective students from across the nation by ensuring entrance examination opportunities for both humanities- and sciences-related Faculties, in addition to our independent entrance examinations with respect to general entrance examinations.

In addition, with respect to career options, the graduates both from the Faculties of humanities and sciences have been expected as industry-ready personnel by major leading companies and organizations, and such reputation has been firmly established, and the requests from the society have been increasing year after year. Especially from the industries which strongly need for analytic personnel such as IT, consulting, think-tank and research industries, the inquiries concerning recruitment have been increasing.

Challenge of the Faculty of Culture and Information Science: From “integration of humanities and sciences” to “removal of barriers between humanities and sciences”

In contemporary society, which is filled with a lot of information and where different senses of values co-exist, we aim to foster personnel who can extract beneficial information in just proportion and use it with high-level data processing and interpretation abilities as data scientists and who can confront decisively diverse and complicated cultural phenomena with flexible sensibility and qualities as generalists. The ideal students we seek are nothing short of “personnel who have the ability to manage one’s conscience” in the 21st century. We are determined to make a further leap forward with the aim of “removing barriers between humanities and sciences” in education and research, toward the next decade which is the second stage for the Faculty of Culture and Information Science.

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