Go Forward

Educational Policy and Education Goals

The education goal set by the School of Arts and Letters is to examine, from various perspectives, all human activities that have so far been performed in diverse ways, and ultimately, to universally and comprehensively understand the very nature of human beings. In order to accomplish this goal, we have adopted an educational policy of fostering broadly-cultured people with adequate expertise. The School of Arts and Letters accepts applications for admission with respect to each course. We expect applicants who have, with regard to the major, a clear awareness of problems, a sense of purpose and a high motivation for learning to take our entrance exams.

Based on the education goal and educational policy mentioned above, the following types of students are welcomed to the School of Arts and Letters:
• students who understand our guiding principles, “Rights and Liberty, Independence and Self-government,” and are willing to establish their own individuality in anticipation of achieving global success, with a receptive attitude toward other people and different cultures;
• students who are interested in connections between people or connections between people and society, and are willing to tackle the exploration of human studies by taking approaches from the point of view of human creations, human history, social phenomena, etc.;
• students who desire to seek a unique way of living through interaction with other people, and to pursue the creation of new ideas or values; and
• students who have a clear awareness of problems, a sense of purpose and a high motivation for learning, with regard to the specialized field in which they major.

The following types of students are welcomed to each department:

The Department of Literature welcomes students who take an active stance toward the learning of various cultural attributes and can show modest understanding of the cultural attributes, and students who are motivated to shape their own individuality by establishing their expertise.

The Department of History and Geography welcomes students who have wide-ranging interest in nature and the nature of human society, students who desire to explore things historically and geographically, students who desire to acquire reading comprehension abilities, analytical abilities and abilities for field surveys and use the abilities in their own professional life, and students who desire to work on a worldwide level using their extensive knowledge of history and cultures.

The Department of Psycho-Social Studies welcomes students who have a cooperative attitude toward individuals and organizations and have multilateral perspectives to become members of society with the ability to think independently.

Efforts in Learning in High School or Other Educational Facilities Expected of Applicants for Enrollment

In order to understand human beings universally and comprehensively irrespective of times and places, it is very important to learn various subjects taught in high school. Qualities required in the current era of rapid change are based on a wide range of matters learned at a high-school level or at a younger age. In the entrance examination via the national center for University Entrance Examinations and the entrance examination for all departments, various subjects can be selected as elective subjects from the standpoint that the level of learning achievement of basic things to be learned at a high-school level must be judged. In the general entrance examination (the number of applicants who pass this exam is approximately 50% of the admission quota), we expect a higher level of learning achievement, especially in the three subjects of Japanese language, foreign language, and history and geography, in consideration of the specialized fields in which students will major after enrollment. For example, in the Japanese language exam, we expect reading comprehension ability to understand long sentences, ability to think logically, basic knowledge and understanding of classic literature (including Chinese classics and literary history) and other related matters. In the foreign language exam, as is the case with the Japanese language exam, reading comprehension ability to understand long sentences and the ability to think logically are important. In the history and geography exam, we expect basic knowledge that is not limited to a particular time or region, and broad and deep insight. Although the three subjects, Japanese language, foreign language, and history and geography, are subjects required in all departments and courses of the School of Arts and Letters, especially in the courses where foreign literature, culture, history, etc. are under study, learning of foreign languages in high school is important. There are very many and diverse things that should be learned and considered at a high-school level. Therefore, it is important to stay focused on your own goal and to endeavor to ensure that each problem is resolved.