Center for Arts and Sciences

Acquisition of a well-balanced and diverse base of knowledge throughout the four years of university life

A pioneering general education curriculum in Japan to meet the new standards of the modern era

General academic subjects provided by this center are designed to prepare students for work in their specialized areas and their study throughout the four years at our university. As Japan faces a number of complex problems and issues, we need to prepare our students to make social judgments from a broad viewpoint. The Center for Arts and Sciences offers over one hundred general subjects, including information technology, foreign languages, and other introductory subjects as a foundation for university study. A number of subjects in each academic field fosters individuals with knowledge and skills necessary to develop flexible decision-making ability and to develop their intellects to the highest degree.

Selection of a wide range of subjects to feed the inquiring mind

The Center for Arts and Sciences offers over 100 subjects categorized into ten fields. These are taught in a small-class environment. The Introductory Seminar is required in the first semester of the first year. Each of the thirty instructors includes topics from their specialty and teaches in small classes.

Curriculum Sample

Model Case of Ms. F
Through "Academic Seminar: Regional Studies," I became interested in food culture in Southeast Asia. I ended up continuing it for six semesters. I also wanted to get information technology engineer qualification, so I took "Information Theory" for two semesters. I took other courses which seemed interesting to fill my academic schedule.

"Introductory Seminar" for acquisition of essential study skills

Practical instruction, in close collaboration with instructors

Designing a tourism plan incorporating lectures and fieldwork

Introductory Seminar is provided through small-group classroom sessions and is compulsory during the first semester of the first year. Students receive practical instruction in close collaboration with instructors to acquire the various skills essential for university-level study: reading, writing, communication, discussion and research. During the second semester, General Academic Seminar is also offered through small-group classroom sessions as an advanced version of Introductory Seminar.

A variety of themes, opportunities to learn outside the classroom

There is a selection of thirty different themes to choose from in Introductory Seminar, including African Culture, Global Environment, Plant Evolution and International Politics. In one example, "Tourism Studies," students create a tourism plan for Fukui in collaboration with some institutions, such as the tourism promotion section of the prefectural government, and realize ideas to actual events. In this way, there are opportunities to extend learning outside the classroom.

Language education to fit with interests and ambition

Opportunity to learn language skills, from a choice of different languages, in a special environment

Six foreign languages are offered: English, Chinese, German, French, Russian, and Korean. In addition, there are introductory classes for other foreign languages, such as Thai, Italian and Swahili. Many of these classes are taught by native speakers, which also encourages students to learn languages that match their interests and ambitions.

Level-based course to suit each student

The English program is divided into four levels and 12 areas. The classes aim to improve basic communicative skills such as conversation, listening, reading and writing. English for specific purposes such as business, science and TOEIC are also offered. Advanced courses have a small enrollment to accommodate highly motivated students.

A wide range of information technology-based education to acquire practical skills

Attainment of three main areas of information literacy

The curriculum is designed for students to attain IT knowledge and skills success in contemporary society. This includes beginners' operational skills provided in lectures and seminars and based on the three main areas of information literacy.

Three Main Areas of Information Literacy
Computer literacy: Understanding computer systems
Network literacy: Understanding the use of networks
Media literacy: Understanding media information

A system that can promote improvement in ability--for the highly-motivated

Students learn the three main areas of information literacy in the first year compulsory subjects: Basic Information Technology Skills and Information Science. Following this, they can select Information Processing to deal with application software, and Programming to create their own software. There is also Information Theory related to qualifications.