College of Humanities
In 1949, Tamagawa University's College of Letters and Agriculture (Department of Literature/Department of Agricultural Administration) became the independent College of Letters as part of the transition to the post-war university system.
In April 2002, the existing Department of Education and Department of Drama and Fine Arts in the Faculty of Arts and Education were reorganized to become independent, as the College of Education and the College of Arts, respectively. Meanwhile, the Department of Human Science and the Department of International Studies were established within the new School of Humanities. Then, in April 2003, the Department of Liberal Arts was founded, resulting in a major transformation from the original one school, four department system, into a three school, seven department structure. In April 2006, the Department of Comparative Cultures was founded in the college of Humanities.And in April 2015, the Department of English Language Education was founded in the college of Humanities.
Department of Human Science
The Department of Human Science encourages students to delve into and explore a wide range of issues, including social problems, issues of the mind, race and religion, and global issues, taking an up-to-date social and academic interest. The curriculum covers five fields: philosophy, psychology, education, morality and ethics, and religion—and takes an integrated approach to learn about "humans" from these five perspectives. The pedagogical goal of this department is to encourage students to think deeply about people and themselves and to develop rich academic knowledge, the ability to learn in both collaborative and self-motivated environments, and the research skills to meet the demands of society.
Department of English Language Education
The Department of English Language Education consists of two courses: ‘English Language Teacher Education Course’ (ELT Course) and ‘ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) Communication Course’. The former is for those who wish to become English teachers or work in other education-related fields; the latter is for those wanting to work in wider fields of society, such as on the scene of international cooperation and in global enterprises using English as a Lingua Franca―. In both courses we place great importance on the development of English skills and cultural awareness—qualifications vital for a career either in the field of language education or on the international stage. The special feature of our curriculum is that all students study abroad for nine months—from the autumn semester in the second year to the spring semester in the third year—in order to acquire intercultural sensitivity and deepen their understanding of different cultures, as well as develop their English skills.