The Senior Division at Komaba was reorganized into six departments in the 1996-97 academic year. The primary goal of the Senior Division is to foster in its students a broad understanding of the complex issues facing human society in the 21st century. It is organized on the assumption that in order to respond effectively to these diverse contemporary problems, students need to be able both to discern and to transcend existing systems of categorization. Constant attention to curriculum reform within the Senior Division therefore embodies an ongoing search for effective ways to combine a solid academic grounding with cutting-edge specialized education. As a small and highly selective educational unit, the Division is also able to make productive use of student input and creativity. Following on from the tradition established at the time of its original establishment as the Department of Liberal Arts and the Department of Basic Sciences, Komaba's Senior Division continues to produce widely respected graduates ready to contribute their creative intelligence and problem-solving skills to society. While a significant number choose to pursue graduate studies, many also enter fields such as the civil service, the corporate world, educational or research institutions, and the media.
The Senior Division consists of the following six departments and 22 majors:
Majors Cultural Anthropology; Culture and Representation; Japanese Intercultural Studies; Language and Information Sciences
Majors American Area Studies; British Area Studies; French Area Studies; German Area Studies; Russian and East European Area Studies; Asian Area Studies; Latin American Area Studies Joint Courses European Area Studies; Eurasian Area Studies; Korean Area Studies
Majors Social Sciences; International Relations
Majors Mathematical Sciences; Materials Sciences; Molecular Sciences; Biofunctions; History and Philosophy of Science
Majors Human Geography; Systems Sciences
Majors Cognitive Behavioral Science; Basic Life Sciences