The Department of Classical Language, Literature and Culture, newly established at HUFS graduate school for the first time in Asia, removes the boundary between the east and the west.
The studies expand the time frame to the ancient Middle Ages and deal with the classical culture of ancient east and west. They provide “Indian-European Linguistics”, “India-Mediterranean Mythology” and “India-Mediterranean Geography” as common subjects to integrate both Europe and India. Students can specialize in “Greek, Latin, and Hebrew,” studying Christianism and Hellenism, and “Sanskrit,” studying Hinduism and Buddhism. This comprehensive curriculum extends classics to visual cultural domains such as geography, architecture and art, not limited to text-based languages.
The department recruited students through general admission in November. The admissions office said, “Four students applied, but considering the specificity of the department, it is not a small number. More applicants are expected next time.” The courses will begin in the first semester of 2019.