School of International Liberal Arts, Department of Comparative Culture

UNIQUE ASPECTS OF OUR EDUCATION

LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION AND STUDY ABROAD
develops broad knowledge and multifaceted perspectives

The curriculum of the School of International Liberal Arts is comprised of liberal arts courses in the humanities, social sciences and general sciences, whose diverse approached provide students the opportunity to develop a broad education and a multifaceted perspective that is unfettered by narrow boundaries. Additionally, students take part in programs of study abroad in one of five English-speaking countries. During their semester abroad, they not only hone their English skills, but also acquire a broader perspective on the world that would not have been possible in Japan. They also develop a sense of themselves as Japanese and the self-confidence and independence they will need to live in our global society.

SMALL CLASSES and ACTIVE LEARNING conducted in ENGLISH

Because we aim to develop global human resources with critical thinking skills and advanced language ability, we teach our courses in English, limiting class sizes to approximately 20 students per class. Classes are run on the basis of active learning methodology, and in the School of International Liberal Arts you will find no classes where all you do is listen to a lecture and take notes. Students are required to think on their own or in collaboration with classmates, and in the process of finding a solution to issues at hand, strengthen their abilities to communicate in English while they hone their critical thinking skills.

GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT(About 80% international faculty)

To learn and understand the diverse cultures and perspectives in our world, it is not only effective, but sometimes necessary, to learn from the people of those cultures or from people who have profound knowledge of them. Approximately 80% of the faculty of the School of International Liberal Arts are non-Japanese, requiring that English be the lingua franca of the campus. Through the time they spend every day on a campus overflowing with diverse cultures, ideas, and senses of values, students learn first-hand the meaning of multicultural coexistence, the new wave in globalization.