School of Theology March 21, 2013
website: School of Theology (Only Japanese is available)
Year of Origin: 1889
The School of Theology, originating with the establishment of Kwansei Gakuin, was intended to be the main element in the training of Christian ministers. In 1908, the small course in theology became the Kwansei Gakuin Biblical Department. As Japan welcomed the western-style educational system in 1948, the school became a major course of study within the Literature Department. It soon became independent again in 1952 with preparations for its new doctoral program.
Based upon Biblical studies, all disciplinary programs in theology are available. Apart from the program for training church ministers, a second program in Christian intellectual history and culture began in 2004. Students can enroll in various courses according to their own interests and goals. The School of Theology honors the founder's vision by sending workers not only to churches in Japan but to worldwide Christendom. Alumni are active in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Korea, and other parts of the world.
The school has close relationships with outstanding schools of theology and universities, such as Emory University and Southern Methodist University in the United States. It also has a faculty exchange program with the Theological Faculty of University of Bern(Switzerland) and Methodist Theological University (Korea).
Chapel services are at the center of Kwansei Gakuin University's theological education. Facilities include a chapel on the second floor with a traditional Methodist atmosphere. The library is one of the best libraries among the theological schools/seminaries in Japan and forms the center of this school's research.
The School of Theology faculty members, graduate students, and guest contributors publish research articles in the School's annual publication, Shingaku Kenkyu (Theological Studies) .
Although it is the smallest school, the School of Theology is a key element to Kwansei Gakuin University's Christian heritage and a vital part of Kwansei Gakuin's history.