School of Letters, Graduate school of Humanities, Faculty of Humanities, Kyushu University

About the Department of Philosophy

HOMEMajor fields of studyAbout the Department of Philosophy

1. Educational philosophy

The Department of Philosophy aims to fully investigate the fundamental principles of human culture. In addition, through specialized research regarding the diverse developments of human culture, it aims to produce graduates who are capable of considering the roots of the various problems that we face in modern society. Students complete the master's and doctoral courses by completing the prescribed amount of credits and writing a thesis.

2. Educational program

This department is divided up into the five specialties of Philosophy, Ethics, History of Indian Philosophy, History of Chinese Philosophy, and Art Studies. Students choose one of these specializations and conduct their research under the guidance of one advisor and several sub-advisors. Master's course students must earn a total of thirty or more credits, including two credits of thesis guidance, and also complete a master's thesis. Doctoral course students must earn four credits of thesis guidance and must finish their doctoral dissertation to complete the course.

3. Student qualities

This department is unique in its focus on researching the most fundamental human values of truth, goodness, and beauty. To this end, the ability to closely and accurately read and understand the classic works of the past is required.

4. Basic admissions policy

When selecting students for admission, our basic policy is to select potential scholars who are in tune with the educational philosophy of the department. For this purpose, we ask students to submit a research plan or thesis and ensure that they have the necessary expertise and language skill for a given specialty, including an oral examination.