The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

The history of the two departments

October, 1988 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai) (All schools)
April, 1989 The School of Cultural Studies (Departments of Regional Studies and Comparative Studies) is founded, accepts its first students and teaching begins.
February, 1995 Construction of shared facilities at the Hayama campus is completed. The first matriculation ceremony for new students was held. (All schools)
April, 1999 The School of Advanced Sciences accepts its first students. (Several faculty members in the Department of Regional Studies and the Department of Comparative Studies hold joint appointments in the School of Advanced Sciences.) (All schools)
October, 2000 First annual open campus event.
April, 2001 Regional and comparative studies student network is formed.
April, 2005 Four Kansai-based universities sign a student exchange agreement under which students from the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies at Kyoto University, the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University, the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies and the Graduate School of Human Development and Environment at Kobe University, and the Graduate School of Anthropology at Kyoto Bunkyo University can receive credit for courses taken on each other's campuses.

Video Introductions to Departments (in Japanese)


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The guide to the two departments (in Japanese)


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