In the current globalized world, the demand for multicultural coexistence and cooperation has been increasing. To meet the challenges of the modern world, Nagasaki University has established the School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences (SGHSS). The SGHSS’s primary aim is to develop students who can succeed in the ever-changing global world we now live in. The SGHSS will use innovative and forward-thinking methods to educate students to actively participate in the international community.


In providing undergraduate level education, the SGHSS is going to administer a curriculum that is interdisciplinary, including subjects in the humanities and social sciences with a multicultural orientation. Within this framework, the SGHSS aims to develop graduates who can combine knowledge in a wide array of fields (such as politics, law, economics, management, etc.) with an understanding of the complex dynamics involved in various societies, cultures and religions in the world.

In addition, the curriculum is also designed to develop the practical skills that graduates need to survive in the modern global age. To this end, the SGHSS places great emphasis on students improving their language and communication skills, and providing study abroad experiences for students to apply their skills. By participating in fieldwork and international projects with people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, our students will be able to enhance their language and interpersonal skills.

Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach

One of the main objectives of the SGHSS is to contribute to the development of a new academic discipline that focuses on ‘Multicultural Society Studies.’ To this end, the SGHSS provides an academic basis for interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and social sciences. Research and education in the new field will be based on the disciplines (and how they are affected by globalization and cultural diversity) in the following three groups:

(1) Political Science, Law, Economics, and Management: These disciplines are of fundamental significance because they help us to understand various political and economic mechanisms that affect our lives in the current global marketplace.
(2) Sociology, Anthropology, and Historical Sciences: These disciplines explore the great diversity of past and present human societies and, thus, enrich our understanding of social dynamics and transformation in the age of globalization.
(3) Intellectual History, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics: In the age of global communication and cultural diversity, these disciplines are instrumental in contributing to our understanding of human and cultural existence in relation to interpersonal interaction.

Towards a ‘Glocal’ Mindset

With the spread of globalization in modern times, the role of localities and how they relate to the global world has become magnified. As President Katamine explained in his address, the SGHSS will ardently strive to promote a Glocal mindset within its students. By combining the benefits of ‘Globalization’ with those of ‘Localization,’ the goal of ‘Glocalization’ is to ensure a globalized world is a stable and integrated place, while also protecting the cultural heritage of local areas. By learning about Nagasaki and its relationship to the outside world, students of the SGHSS will be guided towards an interface that includes local-global connections in the world.

SGHSS Programs