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Goals and Philosophy of MIC

MIC is a liberal arts college, international in scope, grounded in the social -sciences and humanities, and emphasizing the study of world-wide human problems and issues in a spirit of collaboration, inquiry, and multicultural understanding.
At the core of the academic program is a philosophy of active learning. This philosophy asserts that knowledge is not acquired merely through passive reading of texts or listening to lectures, but requires that students be actively engaged in reading, writing, discussing, and problem-solving. Through active learning students develop higher-order thinking skills that enable them to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and create.
Academic activities emphasize an international and comparative perspective and are designed to help students explore and be engaged in the improvement of communities both at home and abroad.

Academic Program of MIC

Students at MIC learn a wide variety of liberal arts subjects in English. During the first three semesters of this sheltered immersion system, most classes are team-taught by a specialist in EFL and a specialist in the content area. Classes meet for six hours per week. Students learn the basic concepts and methods of the subject area and, at the same time, build English skills. Classes in English, Japanese, the Humanities, Social Sciences, and General Science use cooperative learning, small-groups, and active learning techniques to help students get used to studying in English and to build thinking skills.
Motivated students with a wide range of English proficiencies succeed in the MIC program, partly because of its small classes and high student/faculty ratio (8.4:1). An Advanced Placement Program is available for students with very high English proficiency.
In the third semester, students study Japanese and foreign cultures and prepare for study abroad. Team-teaching continues and developing thinking skills remains an important factor as students' English proficiency increases.
In the fourth semester, students spend a whole semester at a university in an English-speaking country. The MIC Study Abroad Program is a required study and cross-cultural experience for all students. This study abroad experience gives students the chance to improve their English fluency, gain confidence in their ability to communicate with people from diverse cultures, and develop independence of thought and action.
In the third and fourth years, students focus on a major in courses taught by a highly-qualified international faculty, about 80% from outside Japan. Students write a senior thesis of 6500-words or more in English.

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