Undergraduate and Graduate

International College of Arts and Sciences Department of International Liberal Arts

Guiding students to comprehend the diversity of the cultures of Asia and the rest of the world as well as enabling them to play an active role on the international stage.

     Students will learn about the languages and cultures of various countries and regions, including Asia, Europe and North America. They will thus develop an understanding of the key features of international society. At the same time they will develop foreign language communication skills in order to transmit the knowledge they gain to the rest of the world. This is part of their training that will enable them to play an active role in cultural exchange activities, international cooperation and business settings, either domestically or overseas. In accordance with their personal interest, students will select a major from a wide variety of possible fields such as humanities and social sciences. The flexibility of this approach is the great merit of our system.

List of accredited courses:

Japanese Language and Culture

     This course aims at educating students so that they will be able to transmit Japanese culture to the world and will acquire an outlook that values the diversity of international society as well as possessing the intellect to apprehend the globalization of the world. In order to achieve this, a broad range of classes about Japanese culture and history are offered. On top of that, specialized courses about Japanese literature, Japanese language and other subjects related to Japanese education have been set up. The opportunities for students who focus on this group of subjects can encompass a career in media-affiliated companies, in cultural exchange groups, as Japanese language instructors or as high school teachers of Japanese.

European and North American Languages and Cultures

     Students in these courses will broadly learn about European and North American literature, languages, philosophy and history (especially those of the U.S.A., Britain, France and Germany, with the increasing presence of the latter in the EU), i.e. two of the main areas that driving today's global society. Analytical and intellectual strength will be cultivated to multilaterally grasp the ideologies that are driving modern international society forward from a cultural point of view. By learning about Northern American and European society, at the same time a comparative observation of Japan will be formed. By matching a pluralistic view with high communication skills, we hope to train people who will be able to play an active role in international society.

East Asian Research

     In addition to improving their Chinese and Korean language skills, students will learn about East Asian cultures and societies in specialized courses. They will also learn to understand the relationships between China, Korea and Japan. FWU aspires to develop talented people who can contribute to cultural, political and economical exchanges and nurture basic skills for mediation and negotiation between Japan, China and Korea based on what they have learned. Career opportunities include, amongst others job in international organizations, organizations for cultural exchange, and the travel industry.

International Relations

     Students will study international politics, international development and international cooperation, and will learn to understand the meaning of the foundation of nations and nationalities in the current global society, as well as their diversities, mutual relations and influences. In this way, they will gain a basic skill set to observe international problems macroscopically, and to negotiate from a position between the outside world and Japan. Future careers include jobs at international organizations, public administrations that deal with overseas countries, organizations of cultural and human resources for the exchange, international corporations and media-affiliated companies.

International Economics and Management

     As well as the acquisition of basic knowledge about international society and international culture, education in international economics and international management will be offered. Also knowledge will be provided about Japanese and foreign economic systems, economic relations and organizational management. Through this, students' ability to engage in future economic negotiation with overseas countries will be augmented and their corporate managerial skills will be honed. A future career in trading companies that do business with Japan or economic exchange organizations can be envisioned.

Page Top