Liberal arts programs

Basic subjects group: Basic Seminar

Understand problems of urban areas and discuss solutions

The Basic Seminar is designed for freshmen and takes the form of exercises in accordance with subjects decided by relevant faculty, with the aim of improving students’ ability to express themselves and make presentations.

Class of a small group to understand various issues in urban society and to search for solutions in seminarstyle coursework; also aimed at promoting exchanges among students and fostering ample human relationship.

Characteristics of Basic Seminar
  • A small number of students (capacity approx. 24) in each seminar
  • Collaborative research with students from other faculties
  • Discussion-oriented classes aimed at cultivating the ability to express oneself
Flow of the Seminar
Flow of the Seminar

Basic subjects group: Language subjects

The objective of these classes is to master English with strong speaking and listening abilities.
Language subjects

In a repetitive manner, students work on the four basic elements of language education: listening, speaking, reading, and writing and acquire practical English skills.

In particular, all students of the University must take the NSE (Native Speaker of English) course, which focuses on communication and is designed for students to better learn to speak and understand English.

Class grouping by using TOEIC as barometer in April of the year of admission and the end of January in the following year enable students to attend classes suitable for their own level and verify their progress in English-language skills.

Characteristics of Language subjects
  • Each class is composed of approximately 25 students by ability grouping.
  • Mastering conversational ability by lessons with NSE (native speakers of English)
  • Improving reading comprehension ability by lessons with Japanese teachers
  • Aiming for further up-skilling in the second year, building on the abilities acquired during the first year
Repetitive learning designed to help consistently improve English skills

The other language subjects (German, French, Chinese, Korean, and other languages)
Students can give themselves time by studying in small classes.
The other language subjects are either recommended or required in all the faculties and deparments.

Basic subjects group: Information Education

Develop computer literacy as a tool for problem solving.
Information Education

Besides computer literacy, we aim to improve students' ability to accurately recognize information, identify where problems lie, and use information and communications technology (ICT) as a solution.

For this purpose, our computer classes are oriented toward problem solving and are designed to enable students to familiarize themselves with the basic operations of computer and software applications and to use these skills in actually solving problems.

Characteristics of informational education
Characteristics of informational education

Basic subjects group: Career education subjects

Through 4 years of learning, students will both basic and necessary abilities for members of society and professionals, and foster creativity and flexible expertise that can meet various challenges including those in industry.

"Learning to become 'Global Human Resources'" and "Career Formation"
Information Education

Students will acquire knowledge on fundamental structures of economy, society, employment, business start-up, and other important issues. They will also understand minimum knowledge for building careers as necessary skills for their own future.

Highlights from the class
"Learning to become 'Global Human Resources'"

Discussion by group or entire class on what and how students must learn in order to become human resources (global human resources) required by companies and society amid globalization.
Through such proactive learning, they will also acquire learning habits to pursue fulfilling learning during college days.
This way, they can prepare for modern professional and social life in the knowledge society, where we are required to continue studying throughout our lives, and in which creative intelligence is a source of cooperative competitiveness and economic growth of the nation.

Onsite internship

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Cultural subjects group

Cultural subjects group is comprised of the subjects categorized in 4 themes; “City, Society, and Environment”, “Culture, Arts, and History”, “Life, Human, and Health”, and “Science, Technology, and Industries”, as well as “Synthesis Seminar”.
The object of this group is to acquire knowledge in each theme, deepen understanding, obtain wide-ranged cultural accomplishments needed for members of society, and foster synthetic thinking power and problem-solving ability.

<City, Society, and Environment> <Science, Technology, and Industries>
On the common theme of “City”, students will understand and analyze phenomena and issues in society from various viewpoints of history, geographical features, social and economic structures, administration, and environmental issues. Students will deepen knowledge and understanding of scientific approach towards development of science, technology, and industries, which are supporting the modern society, as well as global environment and human society.
<Culture, Arts, and History> <Synthesis Seminar>
Students will learn history, arts, culture, and other factors of nations and regions around the world, including Japan, deepen their understanding, and foster a broad perspective to accept different cultures and societies. Students will deepen their thinking on various problems and issues in modern society though conversation with people in different areas, gain insights into the true nature of problems, and foster their ability to work in solving issues with a responsible attitude as members of society.
  • Synthesis Seminar opened in the academic year of 2015.
<Life, Human, and Health>
Students will deepen knowledge and understanding of the very nature of life, human thinking and behavior, health, and other issues.

Introductory subjects group

Introductory subjects group is aimed at acquiring fundamental and introductory knowledge and ability indispensable for formation of scholarship in the 4 fields of “humanities”, “social sciences”, “natural sciences”, and “health sciences”, and thus preparing students to take on specialized fields.
It also aims at acquiring knowledge and learning ways of thinking in areas and fields that are different from one's own specialized area, in order to obtain multifaceted perspectives.

<Humanities field> <Natural sciences field>
Introductory subjects mainly in culture, history, philosophy, sociology, pedagogy, and psychology Introductory subjects mainly in science and engineering fields
<Social sciences field> <Health sciences field>
Introductory subjects mainly in law, political science, economics, and management Introductory subjects mainly in nursing science, physiotherapy, work therapy, and radioactivity