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Faculty of Humanities

Based on the University’s basic educational goals, the Faculty of Humanities has established the educational and research objectives of imparting a broad-ranging, in-depth knowledge base and fostering language abilities and a cosmopolitan consciousness, while also teaching specialized knowledge and practical skills in each field of the humanities, together with the human-resources development objective of training members of society who will play active roles in finding solutions to contemporary challenges.

Diploma Policy

To realize the core educational goals of Musashi University, the Faculty of Humanities awards a Bachelor’s of Arts in Humanities to students who have mastered the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and other objectives described below by completing the Faculty’s designated compulsory courses and earning the 124 course credits required for graduation.
 
  1. Attaining a broad range of learning, a global perspective, respect for humanity, and a spirit of cooperation with others
  2. Attaining practical foreign language proficiency
  3. Acquiring specialized and interdisciplinary knowledge across fields such as language, literature, history, ethnic studies, philosophy, fine arts, and society
  4. Acquiring individual and/or group-based competency to select and investigate a research theme independently; to compile, analyze, and present data; to compose text logically; to use contemporary media for effective self-expression; and to engage in dialogue with others for the sake of improving objectivity
  5. Acquiring the ability to apply the knowledge and skills learned as a student to social activities within a global framework, through the pursuit of intercultural understanding, sympathy, and coordination within the multicultural and multilingual environments characteristic of contemporary society

Curriculum Policy

Based on the University’s Curriculum Policy, the educational curriculum of the Faculty of Humanities comprises the three categories of general education, foreign language, and specialized courses—through which are collectively imparted the knowledge, skills, and attitudes called for by the Diploma Policy. In general-education courses students acquire the foundations of a broad and well-rounded education. In foreign-language courses they learn the practical ability to express their thoughts in various foreign languages. Specialized courses, meanwhile, are organized systematically from the first through the fourth year of the curriculum into major courses that provide specialized knowledge, skills, and methods in students’ chosen disciplines, and elective courses chosen from other disciplines that teach knowledge, skills, and subject matter from outside students’ own areas of specialization. A core part of their major study requires students to participate in seminars, through which they acquire competency in problem-solving, thinking, judgment, and self- expression.
All departments
  1. To attain a comprehensive perspective and broad educational grounding, students during their four years of undergraduate study must complete course credits in each of the following six areas of the general-education curriculum: Information and Communication, History and Culture, Contemporary Society, Nature and Environment, Body and Mind, and Life Management and Career Design.
  2. In taking elective courses from among the diverse specialized course offerings of other departments and faculties, students have the chance to move beyond their majors to build interdisciplinary skills and a multi-perspectival approach, and they can take advantage not just of lectures but also of the opportunities for active learning provided by classes such as the “International Seminar Project: Global Challenges and Solutions” and “Introduction to Fieldwork in the Humanities” so as to cultivate mental independence and a cooperative spirit.
  3. Students are required to take seminars from the first through the fourth year of the curriculum. Seminars provide the foundations of the learning process.
  4. Foundation Seminars are offered in the first year. In these, students learn basic techniques and methods (for gathering materials, giving presentations, taking part in discussions, and writing essays) that will be needed in studying the regional cultures relevant to their majors.
  5. Major Seminars in which students acquire more advanced research and study skills are offered in each department during the second and third years. In the Graduation Thesis Seminar offered in the fourth year, students hone their thesis writing skills and receive practical guidance their own thesis topic from their academic supervisor.
  6. Studies are required to submit a Graduation Thesis during the fourth year. The thesis is the culmination of the undergraduate curriculum and an opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills they have gained.
  7. Seminars are supplemented by lectures that enable students to acquire the broad range of knowledge needed to support deeper insights into their chosen research themes.
  8. Teacher training courses are included among the list of specialized course offerings, to encourage students to earn teaching licenses. Courses in curating also are included among the major courses offered.
  9. The Global Studies Course (GSC) includes an English-medium program offering concentrations in Global Relations, Global Literature, and Global Japanese Studies. The curriculum comprising seminar and lecture classes taught in English as well as intensive language study helps students attain advanced English-language proficiency.
  10. Students enrolled on the GSC English program study abroad in principle for a semester or a full year, after which they complete a Capstone Project during their fourth year.
  11. Classes are arranged systematically through a numbering system to promote cumulative learning, and roadmaps toward degree completion are provided.
  1. Results of learning are assessed through comprehensive evaluation of the following for each class: (1) knowledge and skills, (2) thinking, judgment, and self-expression, (3) other factors such as independence and cooperation. The knowledge and skills covered in each class, allocation of marks, and other matters are described in the course syllabus and elsewhere, together with specific means of assessment such as in-class tests, midterm assignments, presentations, field studies, and final exams and reports, and the relative contribution of each of these to the final grade. The syllabus and course guidelines describe the final product of the graduation thesis (including a presentation in the case of the Capstone Project for the GSC English program).
 
Department of British and American Studies
  1. So that students acquire practical language competency, and to ensure that they attain the level of English-language proficiency needed in their specialized studies, they are required to take English as a foreign-language subject during their first and second years.
  2. For the purpose of improving English-language proficiency, elective practical skills classes provide the opportunity to target particular skills and learning objectives. Students are tested to determine their level of language proficiency in both first and second years with a view to gauging how well prepared they are to take advantage of chances to study abroad.
  3. German, French, and Spanish are offered as elective foreign-languages to encourage multilingual and multicultural learning.
  4. Students in the first year are required to take, in addition to the Foundation Seminar, a practical English Workshop to improve both speaking and writing skills, with a view to acquiring the basic abilities they will need in specialized studies beginning in their second years.
  5. Three broad “Courses of Study” (Language and Language Education; Literature and Arts; and History, Society, and Culture) are offered to aid students in structuring appropriate pathways through the curriculum, systematizing the acquisition of learning relevant to their field of specialization.
  6. Students acquire knowledge and methodological skills in their specialized fields through interrelated lectures and seminars. The required graduation thesis in the fourth year then provides an opportunity to showcase their four years of learning.
  7. Lectures on diverse themes from a wide range of fields are arranged under the three broad categories specified in Paragraph 5 above, so that students may more clearly distinguish courses relevant to their areas of study.
  8. In second- and third-year seminars, students acquire the ability to study on their own and, building on the knowledge gained in lectures, to organize and report on their thoughts. 

Department of European Studies
  1. During the first and second years, students learn either German or French, attaining the ability to use that language in specialized research. Starting in the second year, seminars are offered to improve their conversational, reading, and descriptive abilities in these languages.
  2. So that students acquire practical language competency, English is a required subject in the first year.
  3. English, German, French, and Italian are offered as elective foreign-languages to encourage multilingual and multicultural learning.
  4. During the first year, in addition to the Foundation Seminar, the lecture Introduction to European Culture is offered. Taught as a relay by multiple instructors, this class provides an opportunity to acquire basic knowledge about European culture through a multifaceted approach.
  5. Four “Courses of Study” (Language and Literature; Arts and Life; History and Thought; and Environment and Society) are offered to aid students in structuring appropriate pathways through the curriculum, systematizing the acquisition of learning relevant to their field of specialization.
  6. Students acquire knowledge and methodological skills in their specialized fields through interrelated lectures and seminars. The required graduation thesis in the fourth year then provides an opportunity to showcase their four years of learning.
  7. Lectures on diverse themes from a wide range of fields are arranged under the four broad categories specified in Paragraph 5 above.
  8. In the second-year Intermediate Seminar, students acquire the more advanced knowledge as well as research and analytical abilities needed to progress with their research on European culture.
  9. In third-year Major Seminars, students acquire the ability to study on their own and, building on the knowledge gained in lectures, to organize and report on their thoughts.
  10. The Global Studies Course (GSC) includes German- and French-language programs that combine regular classes with extracurricular individual guidance to help students acquire the advanced language proficiency needed to study abroad and to score highly on language exams. 

Department of Japanese and East-Asian Studies
  1. So that students acquire practical language competency, English is a required subject in the first and second years.
  2. Students are required to select one of the following foreign languages in their first and second years, providing them with opportunities for multilingual and multicultural learning: Chinese, Korean, German, French, or Japanese (Japanese is available only to international students admitted after taking special entrance examinations).
  3. The Foundation Seminar is a required course in the first year. Through this class, students acquire basic academic skills such as how to gather materials and conduct research, how to read texts, how to carry out fieldwork, and how to give effective presentations.
  4. Three “Courses of Study” (Japanese Culture; East Asian Culture, and Comparative Culture & Cultural Exchange) are offered to aid students in structuring appropriate pathways through the curriculum, systematizing the acquisition of learning relevant to their field of specialization.
  5. Students acquire knowledge and methodological skills in their specialized fields through interrelated lectures and seminars. The required graduation thesis in the fourth year then provides an opportunity to showcase their four years of learning.
  6. The curriculum is designed by pairing lecture classes and seminars, with seminars providing students with opportunities to deepen their understanding of what they learned in lectures.
  7. So that students may more clearly distinguish courses relevant to their areas of study, lectures on diverse themes from a wide range of fields are arranged under three broad categories: Language, Literature, and Thought; Arts, the Body, and the Environment; and History, Folklore, and Religion.
  8. Seminars from the second-year onward are arranged under four categories: the three categories specified in Paragraph 7 above, plus the fourth category of Skills. Skills classes facilitate the acquisition of the basic skills required to pursue each major, while further developing language proficiency.
  9. The Global Studies Course (GSC) includes Chinese- and Korean-language programs that combine regular classes with extracurricular individual guidance to help students acquire the advanced language proficiency needed to study abroad and to score highly on language exams.

Admissions Policy

The Faculty of Humanities has established its own educational, research, and human resource development objectives based on the Academy’s three founding principles, the University’s core educational goals, and the University’s three main policies. Its educational and research objectives are to cultivate broad and in-depth learning, language proficiency and a cosmopolitan outlook, while imparting the specialized knowledge and practical skills requisite to each field of the humanities; meanwhile, in terms of developing human resources as social capital, the faculty’s objective is to nurture individuals able to play an active role in finding solutions to contemporary challenges. Based on this approach, the Faculty of Humanities has established the following specific policies on the acceptance of applicants.

-Types of students sought

All departments
  1. Those whose eagerness to enter the university is based on a clear understanding of the Admissions Policy of their chosen department; who are independent-minded yet boast a cooperative spirit; and who, through diligence in their education to date, already possess a sound basis of knowledge and skills as well as powers of reasoning, judgment, and self-expression.
  2. Those whose awareness of their roles as global citizens motivates them to seek a deeper understanding of both their own and other cultures; who, while committed to the intensive study of a specific region and language, also direct their attention to the cultural diversity of world’s multifarious regions and show interest in multilingual and multicultural learning.
  3. Those with the proclivity to be self-starters in finding their own research agendas, to show independence in the pursuit of that research, to cooperate willingly with others, to share research tasks and to fulfill their allotted roles faithfully. Specifically, those who, through active engagement in small-group seminars, practical skills classes, and graduation theses or equivalent projects, wish to master a comprehensive set of skills and attitudes including the capacity for in-depth individual study, the spirit of cooperation and harmony, and the exercise of leadership.
  4. Those who wish to develop their abilities to advance research through dialogue and discussion, to identify clear conclusions through their energetic pursuit also of their field studies, and to express these conclusions effectively using up-to-date tools both in writing and orally.
  5. For the Faculty-wide Global Studies Course (GSC) English-language program, those who want to take part in specialized lectures and seminars conducted in English, learn broadly about the complex interrelations among regions of the world, enrich their perspective on that world through reading literature from different places in English, investigate Japanese cultural phenomena both past and present, and acquire the ability to communicate in English.
  6. For the Japanese teacher-training program, those motivated to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation and goodwill through teaching the Japanese language to people in other countries.
 
Department of British and American Studies
  1. Those strongly interested in Language and Language Education, Literature and Arts, and History, Society, and Culture, within Great Britain, the United States, and the wider English-speaking world.
  2. Those desiring to seek future employment in fields that require the use of English, by improving their communicative competence through intensive English study, challenging themselves to study abroad, and mastering the practical skills required to thrive in the globalizing world of the 21st century.
 
Department of European Studies
  1. Those with a strong interest in the cultures of the European world, centering on the content of the four courses offered by the department: Language and Literature; Arts and Life; History and Thought; and the Environment and Society.
  2. Those desiring to assist in exchange between Japan and Europe as professionals in the future, by improving their communicative competence through intensive study not only of English but also of German or French, challenging themselves to study abroad, and mastering the practical skills required to thrive in the globalizing world of the 21st century. For the GSC German- and French-language programs, those who want to combine intensive and advanced language study with individually-tailored extracurricular guidance, to take active part in international exchange through studying abroad and other means, and to challenge themselves to give oral presentations and write essays in their target language.
 
Department of Japanese and East-Asian Studies
  1. Those with a strong interest in the history and cultures of Japan and East Asia, centering on the content of the three courses offered by the department: Language, Literature, and Thought; Arts, the Body, and the Environment; and History, Folklore, and Religion.
  2. Those desiring to succeed as internationally-active professionals in the future, by acquiring international communicative competence through intensive study not only of English but also of Chinese or Korean, challenging themselves to study abroad, and mastering the practical skills required to thrive in the globalizing world of the 21st century. For the GSC Chinese- and Korean-language programs, those who want to combine intensive and advanced language study with individually-tailored extracurricular guidance, to take active part in international exchange through studying abroad and other means, and to challenge themselves to give oral presentations and write essays in their target language.
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