Faculty of Letters
The Faculty of Letters is expected to play an increasingly important role in the university by promoting a "renaissance" of human culture through humanities education in the 21st century. To this end, the Faculty of Letters was reorganized in 2001, focusing on and conducting both traditional and contemporary researches in humanities, at the same time establishing close ties with other realms such as natural, social, and medical sciences. It also aims at educating people awakening to new social values geared to extraordinary creativities, who could actively contribute to global community in the future.
The Faculty of Letters has 1 department (Department of Humanities) with 5 principal divisions, which are further divided into 15 areas. At the end of the first semester, first-year students are to declare their areas, in which they will study in the following years. (Since the number is limited, a selection test might be given.)
Faculty of Intercultural Studies
In the new century characterized by significant globalization of economy, information, and culture, the major issue for human society is cooperation and coexistence of multi-ethnic communities and different cultures. The educational principle of the Faculty of Intercultural Studies is to enhance foreign language ability as well as information processing capabilities and an understanding of intercultural issues.
In line with this, the undergraduate program has a department with 4 divisions, which enables students to study theories and methodologies in the field of culture and society, information and communication, and international and regional studies. Students are encouraged to probe further into these areas through free exchanges of opinions with the teaching staff. One of the distinctive features of the Faculty is that it has concluded academic exchange agreements with many universities overseas. Students have ample opportunities to study abroad to acquire a good understanding of various cultures and communities.
Faculty of Human Development
Established in 1992, the Faculty of Human Development has assumed the long tradition of the Faculty of Education. It was the first Faculty in Japan launched to conduct education and research on issues concerning human development.
To promote this research, the Graduate School of Human Sciences was reorganized in 2007 and the Graduate School of Human Development and Environment was established. With over one hundred faculty members, the Faculty and the Graduate School is a pioneering academic community pursuing the free exchange of various scholarly knowledge.
The Faculty consists of four departments and one special course: the Department of Human Development and Education for the comprehensive study of human development from the perspective of lifelong education; the Department of Human Behavior for researching human development from the aspect of body, health, action and behavior; the Department of Human Expression which hopes to unravel human behavior by studying expressions; the Department of Human Environmental Science for creating and sustaining a new environment to support human development; and the Division of Support for Human and Community Development for conducting action research where research and education takes place in the field.
There are approximately 1,200 students enrolled in the Faculty of Human Development. A bachelor’s degree will be awarded after four years of study and approval of the diploma thesis. The characteristics of the Faculty are: a) a curriculum that helps students acquire the ability to understand issues comprehensively, b) small-group education that encourages discussion, and c) an educational program that gives students the ability to solve practical issues.
Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law aims to provide its students with a broad cultural background, combined with specialized knowledge in law and political science, through a systematic curriculum presented in an environment that is both open and internationally minded. We provide a comprehensive education to students who are planning to enter the legal profession, or become public administrators, diplomats, or specialists in the private sector.
Faculty of Economics
One of the longest-standing centers of economics research in Japan, the Faculty of Economic, Kobe University, has the largest number of fields of research and faculty members among the national universities in Kansai area and in Japan.
School of Business Administration
Kobe University was the first university in Japan to have a School with the name “Business Administration.” The School is proud to be the birthplace of business administration studies in Japan, and enjoys an excellent reputation among both the business and academic communities.
The undergraduate curriculum consists of three areas: management, accounting, and commerce. The educational goal is to cultivate young leaders for business and professional societies by equipping them with practical knowledge based upon a strong foundation in the social sciences.
Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science conducts education and research on fundamental issues in the field of natural sciences. It aims at fostering students' creative attitude toward research as well as the ability to directly contribute to society.
Students are always encouraged to set their academic goals and endeavor to explore the realities of science. For this reason, the Faculty of Science seeks to promote close exchanges between teachers and students, which it strongly believes contributes to the development of fundamental scientific research through mature scientific attitude.
School of Medicine
The School of Medicine consists of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Kusunoki Campus-based Faculty of Medicine emerged from the re-organization of the Prefectural Technical College of Medicine established in 1944, which subsequently became the Hyogo Prefectural College of Medicine (1946), and the Kobe Prefectural College of Medicine (1952).
It provides students with opportunities to acquire knowledge of medical ethics as well as basic clinical and medical techniques, while encouraging them to be competent, conscientious medical doctors.
The Myodani Campus-based Faculty of Health Sciences was born from the School of Nursing attached to the Hyogo Prefectural College of Medicine, which was originally established in 1959. The Department has 4 major courses: Nursing, Medical Technology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
Faculty of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering was established in 1949, growing out of the former Kobe Technical College, which was originally established in 1921. Since then, the Faculty has contributed to the development of modern industrial society in the latter half of the 20th Century through its education and research.
The aim of the Faculty in the new millennium is to educate future researchers and engineers to be able to contribute to the welfare of humankind through cutting-edge technologies.
The Faculty now has six departments: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Science and Engineering, and Computer and Systems Engineering, each of which consists of several divisions dedicated to specific purposes of education and research. Approximately two-thirds of students continue on to Master's program for higher education.
Faculty of Agriculture
The Faculty of Agriculture has its own and important objectives in providing students with basic and applied education of agricultural science related to "Food, Environment and Health/Life". Major educational fields include science for food production, evaluation and utilization of bioresources and recently focused issues of biotechnology, food safety, and conservation of natural environment.
At present, there are 87 faculty members teaching 666 undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agriculture. The Faculty aims at helping students improve their creative abilities compatible with technological advances in our rapidly changing society.
The Faculty of Agriculture consists of the three Departments listed below. It also has an experimental farm (Food Resources Education and Research Center) in Kasai City, 70 km west of the Rokko-dai Campus. The Center has a 40 ha field and facilities for production of rice, vegetables, orchards, grasses and livestock as well as lodgings for students' practical training. Three other Centers (Center of Regional Cooperation, Center of Gene Experiment, and Center of Food Safety Science) are in cooperation with the Faculty.
Faculty of Maritime Sciences
The Faculty of Maritime Sciences was established in October, 2003 with the integration of Kobe University of Mercantile Marine, which originated from the Kawasaki Merchant Marine School founded in 1917.
The mission of this faculty is to foster experts who possess both a comprehensive knowledge of the marine sciences and are able to use this knowledge to contribute to the field of global transportation and logistics.In April 2013, the faculty embarked on a new chapter with restructured departments in response to the university's globalization goals. The Department of Global Transportation Sciences provides students with the education necessary to be marine logistics engineers and management specialists in international logistics and transportation. The Department of Ocean Safety Systems Science trains specialists in marine safety and marine environments who can contribute to the establishment of safe and secure social environments. The Department of Marine Engineering educates students to become engineers who can undertake advanced work in specialized areas as well as marine engineers for large vessels. On top of that, the International Maritime Research Center, and the training ship "Fukae Maru" co-operate with the faculty. Students can advance to the Master's Program of Maritime Sciences in the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences or to the Sea Training Course after graduation.