International Studies Major

International Studies Major

From learning English to learning about the world in English. Our goal is to nurture students to become internationally-minded educated persons.

Improving English skills to be ready for the world.

The emphasis of the International Studies Major is on nurturing women who are equipped with the academic skills to broadly understand the world's cultures and societies so that they can talk with people with diverse values and gain critical and constructive thinking power to identify problems and consider their solutions. At the same time, it emphasizes acquisition of English skills to support their learning so that they can gain the attitude needed to face the world. In order to prepare them to confront a variety of problems hand-in-hand with people with diverse values in the international community, the International Studies Major aims to cultivate students to have strong academic skills and well-balanced communication skills. In addition, the major courses in the program allow students to learn broadly about not only the English language and communication skills but also about cultures and societies in the global community other than English-speaking countries such as Britain and the United States. Also, small-group seminars thoroughly train students to cultivate their thinking power. On the other hand, the special courses taught mainly by non-Japanese faculty members offer an enhanced version of the program inherited from the former Department of English Literature, which is a special feature of this department. The English skills obtained in this program will surely become a competitive weapon that will open up a new horizon for the future, no matter what path the students choose to follow. Knowledge about their own culture is a must for those who go abroad, and that is why we encourage our students to eagerly study courses from different majors. The Contemporary Liberal Arts Core Curriculum groups will surely provide opportunities for exposure to new viewpoints and students will surely discover new and unexpected perspectives. We hope you will humbly prepare yourself with confidence to be ready for the world.

Curriculum

Curriculum
Special courses
Major courses
Seminars

Special courses

Special courses taught by non-Japanese teachers provide in-depth lessons in small groups to improve English language proficiency and teach about important topics needed to understand modern international society through classes such as Introductory College English (ICE) A, B, and C (three classes per week in the freshman year) and Intermediate College English (INCH) A and B (two classes per week in the sophomore year). In addition, in order to provide students with effective and organic support, students will learn from a Japanese teacher to polish comprehensive English skills through Introductory College English (ICE) D (one class per week in the freshman year).

Major courses

There are three groups of major courses, A, B, and C, aimed at equipping students with communication skills (dialogue capability) to understand cultures and relationships with Britain, the United States, and the entire world and to discuss questions and opinions freely.

Group A: English and Communication

Learning various aspects of communication using languages such as English and Japanese

Group B: Cultures and literature in English-speaking countries

In addition to traditional British and American literature and culture, students are broadly exposed to the histories, cultures, and societies of English-speaking countries such as Canada and Australia.

Group C: Global Understanding

In this group, students can freely choose and learn from a variety of courses, from regional research and cultural anthropology to global cooperation theory and representational culture (excluding language), such as art and design, covering various parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.

Seminars

Introductory Academic Seminar

This is a small class with a homelike atmosphere in which students can think subjectively using their own questions and interests as keys to discussing opinions freely and make reports orally and in writing. Students are exposed to the pleasure of learning, which differs from high school, with the aim of acquiring academic skills, communication skills, and the ability to express themselves.

Major Introductory Seminar

Students will prepare themselves for the Graduation Thesis Seminar by selecting themes and classes they are interested in with the aim of improving their multifaceted thinking power to enable them to utilize both a global and broad perspective and a localized perspective of "now and here" flexibly through dialogue and presentation in a practical manner. Also, students will work on nurturing genuine global-scale positive human qualities skills backed up by solid English and Japanese language skills while enhancing the pleasure of learning and inquiring attitudes they acquired in the Introductory Academic Seminar.

Graduation Thesis Seminar

Using the Major Introductory Seminar as a base, this seminar allows students to choose their own themes that delve deeper into international cultures and global society to prepare them for their graduation study. In the process, they will work on problems from a global perspective and understand different cultures with the aim of cultivating internationally-minded educated individuals who can express themselves and are ready for the 21st century.