Admission, Curriculum and Diploma Polices
Admission Policy (admission policy for prospective students)
The educational goal of the Faculty of International Liberal Arts is the cultivation of global citizenship that can contribute to the development of a sustainable future. For the future of humanity to be sustainable, the development of diversity is critical, and global citizens who can contribute to the development of a multicultural, multilingual, symbiotic society are required.
In this faculty, we seek students who understand our educational philosophy, possess the qualities necessary to become global citizens who contribute to a multicultural, symbiotic society, and who possess the following essential qualities:
1. Individuals who understand the reality and issues of a global society, have a strong interest in people and cultures, and who dream of contributing to a sustainable future for humanity.
2. Individuals who understand that within a multicultural, symbiotic society it is essential to take charge of your own learning, be active in the learning process, and continue to learn independently for the rest of your life.
3. Individuals who have a strong sense of identity and advanced native language skills, yet also aim to understand, interact, and connect with people of other cultures through foreign language skills and an awareness of cultural similarities and differences.
In this faculty, we combine many selection processes and accept applicants with diverse backgrounds. With the development ofautonomy—so essential to global citizens—in mind, we provide a learning environment in which proactive learning is possible.
In the Faculty of International Liberal Arts, with the spirit of our school motto “benevolence” as a fundamental principle, thecurriculum for the development of global citizens is spread out over 4 years and is composed in the following ways:
1. Students study international liberal arts (Understanding Japan and other regions, Understanding people and society, Understanding science and nature, Understanding career and profession) as well as core foreign language units, subjects spanning both science and humanity disciplines.
2. In order to acquire the ability to communicate in foreign languages, which is required of global citizens, this faculty is based on a plurilingual approach and requires students to take additional foreign language courses in French, Spanish, or Chinese, along with English. All courses feature small class sizes and make extensive use of active cooperative learning with a balance of all skills. Content is integrated with language skills, so students can learn and develop skills in a meaningful manner in a language-rich environment. Evaluation is based on student achievement and improvement, particularly in writing and presentation, with assessment done in consideration of the CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Additionally, since one purpose of foreign language study is communication with foreign cultures, our classes introduce a linguaculture approach that recognizes that learning a language is synonymous with learning a new culture.
From 3rd year, advanced elective courses in French, Spanish, or Chinese are available to students. And for students of all years, our curriculum contains several differently themed overseas research programs for real-life experience in a foreign culture, and foreign language study programs. Students who achieve sufficient proficiency are also encouraged to enroll for terms abroad at a variety of universities with which Juntendo has agreements.
3. In order to understand the issues and current conditions of a global society we have established three different areas of research: Global Society, Inter-cultural Communication, and Global Health Services. A mandatory introductory course in each area is required. Additionally, starting in third year, students select one area of interest to concentrate on, for a total of 16 course credits.
In Global Society students study about various global problems connected with our sustainable future, including economic globalization, international relations, energy conservation, food and water security, changes in weather patterns, animal and plant diversity, etc. In Global Health Services students study the human body, health, bioethics, causes of diseases, international infectious diseases, safety of medicinal products, health care systems, as well as variety of problems facing Japan and the world, including rapidly ageing societies. In Inter-cultural Communication students study how to contribute to the development of a multicultural, multilingual society through rich understanding of the problems related to communication with foreign cultures by learning about people and culture, language and society, verbal and non-verbal communication, translation and interpretation, etc.
At the same time, in order to deepen the understanding necessary to contribute to global society, our curriculum is organized to facilitate the development of multi-faceted ideas and knowledge by allowing students to do interdisciplinary research in different areas.
4. An Introduction to International Liberal Arts: Aiming to be a Global Citizen is an omnibus class by full-time staff, and in it students learn the relationship of the three areas included in this faculty and the scope of interdisciplinary fields.
5. For our Preliminary Seminar, students are divided into small classes and work on presentation and facilitation skills to begin the cultivation of basic communication skills necessary to be a global citizen.
6. From their first year, students learn a variety of study methods that are essential to all three areas of study, or example, Sentence Composition/Thesis and Report Writing. Additionally, from the third or fourth year, students take Global Citizen Lectures Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, in which students research topics related to the area they chose (and in some cases other areas as well) and compose a graduation thesis.
7. We will provide education focused on the goal of cultivating global citizens who can contribute to a multicultural, symbiotic society.
International liberal arts, foreign language study courses, as well as elective courses in the three areas of study all serve to meet this purpose.
8. In addition to four years of study as described above, our curriculum is designed to place a strong emphasis on career education to promote the societal and financial independence of our students and is incorporated as a regular class for credit immediately following admission during their first year.
9. This department also includes teacher-training courses. Students who earn enough credits in their designated course will also be eligible to receive a license for teaching English in junior and senior high school.
Diploma Policy (diploma certification and degree conferment policy)
In the Faculty of International Liberal Arts students who complete the following requirements as determined by the curriculumdeveloped with the spirit of our school motto “benevolence” as a fundamental principle and a deep understanding of global citizenshipwill be issued a Bachelor of International Liberal Arts.
1. In order to comprehensively understand humans and the functions of culture within an international society in which globalization is spreading, students must acquire knowledge about nature, life and health, humans and society, the world and Japan, as well as other knowledge related to international education and the ability to integrate and apply it.
2. The ability to interact with others with tolerance, respect diversity, and to keep an open mind while trying to understand people and cultures different from your own.
3. The ability to communicate freely in both your native and foreign languages, develop relationships with a variety of people, logically express your own ideas, and mutually build relationships.
4. Possess versatile, flexible thinking and the ability to act, along with a specialization that surpasses cultural limitations (in the areas of Global Society, Inter-cultural Communication, and Global Health Services), and the ability to discover the problems confronting humanity and provide alternate solutions, in addition to the fundamental aspects of international education to be active as a global citizen.