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School of Arts and Sciences

In the School of Arts and Sciences, twelve departments have been established in four divisions to meet the needs of contemporary society and cultivate educated persons with expertise.
A Bachelor's degree is awarded to students who earn at least 130 credits. This course is designed to take four years to complete. 


Graduation Requirements



Division of Humanities

The Division of Humanities consists of four departments : Philosophy, Japanese Literature, Literature and Culture in English, and History. The Division develops human resources that are able to contribute to the creation of new culture and society in the next era.


Course List (Humanities)


Department of Philosophy

Students study classical texts of Western philosophy from ancient to modern times. In addition, the department offers a wide range of courses covering aesthetics, art, ethics, Christian Studies, and oriental and Japanese thought so that students can have broad vision.


Philosophy Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Department of Japanese Literature

The Department of Japanese Literature aims to organically combine the three main sectors consisting of Japanese language, Japanese literature and Chinese literature. All the issues related to Japanese language, such as the history, classical writings, the value of modern Japanese literature, and the relationship between Chinese ideograms/ literature and Japanese culture, are taken up as themes.


Japanese Literature Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Department of Literature and Culture in English

The Department of Literature and Culture in English develops a keen understanding of the language and an insight into humanity through the literature and culture of the English-speaking world. It also promotes a broad perspective and an international outlook by touching on the language and literature of many different cultures and their histories.


Literature and Culture in English Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Department of History

Historical studies ask questions about the past and refine them. We can discover what contemporary society has lost by looking back on the world that was, which is also necessary to provide a vision of the future and create a better society. In the Department of History, students can choose their theme from Japanese history, Asian history or European history, and study a specific time and area they are interested in.


History Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Division of Global Social Sciences

Students study contemporary societies not only within the frame of Japan, but also from the points of view of Asia, Western countries, and the world. In each of the three departments, International Relations, Economics and Sociology, students can learn other disciplines in an interdisciplinary manner, which helps them cultivate a flexible problem-solving ability with broad perspective. In addition, the students aim to acquire the sophisticated expertise of each department and to be active as global citizens with practical capabilities.


Course List (Global Social Sciences)


Department of International Relations

In the Department of International Relations, all first and second year students attend introductory lectures on international relations, cultural anthropology, and two introductory seminars. Based on these studies, students in the third and fourth years deepen their majors according to their interests. Students can study International Relations and Cultural Anthropology which foster comprehension of cross-border and intercultural topics from the theoretical point of view. Students can also study Area Studies/Comparative Culture dealing with various aspects including the history, culture, society and politics in Japan, the United States, and Asia.


International Relations Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Department of Economics

The Department of Economics aims to educate students so as to help them reach out to society to change it into a more sustainable and inclusive one. Students will learn the histories, theories and practices of economics and business management in order to tackle the issues of our global modern economiy such as poverty, ineguality, gender bias, global warming, financial crisis, degradation of social services and infrastructures.


Economics Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Department of Sociology

Amidst the rapid progression of globalization and demographic aging, it is necessary to improve a society where various people including vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, disabled persons and foreign residents respect and support each other without regard to age, sex or nationality. In the Department of Sociology, students are encouraged to question and understand the elements that are taken for granted in everyday life. This department, in cooperation with other departments, cultivates students who are able to actively participate in real societal issues at home and abroad.


Sociology Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Division of Human Sciences

Human beings have feelings and motivations and behave by reacting to the feelings and motivations of others. Human beings also have languages, and communicate their ideas and intentions efficiently with such languages. Today we have mass media and information technologies that have dramatically changed societies. The Division of Human Sciences cultivates the analytical ability/insight to understand human societies. The Division consists of three departments: Psychology, Communication and Language Sciences.


Course List (Human Sciences)


Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology deals with the workings of the human mind, behavioral mechanisms and the developmental process from birth to death. We clalify them in a scientific and empirical manner through diverse research methods such as experiments, observations, and interviews.


Psychology Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Department of Communication

In the Department of Communication, various characteristics and problems of modern societies are analyzed from the viewpoint of communication, focusing on five core areas: psychology, sociology, media studies, information studies, and cross-cultural studies. The department aims to cultivate systematic/theoretical thoughts through various methodologies including questionnaire survey, experiments, content analysis, and qualitative research.


Communication Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Department of Language Sciences

In the Department of Language Sciences, students deepen their understanding of human linguistic ability, the language-learning process, the relationship between language and culture, and the diversity of languages in the society/world.


Language Sciences Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Division of Mathematical Sciences

In each of the two departments comprising this division, students study three areas including mathematics, information sciences, and natural sciences (physics, chemistry, and biology) in an interdisciplinary manner. They acquire mathematical and scientific knowledge to address a contemporary society filled with advanced technologies and information technologies and develop the ability for scientific and logical thinking required of a member of society living in complicated modern times.


Course List (Mathematical Sciences)


Department of Mathematics

Students learn mathematics as the basis of modern scientific technology systematically beginning with the fundamentals. They can learn the basic theory of modern mathematics and its application, realizing the relationship with information science and natural sciences. With regard to information-related subjects, they can take subjects at their will from wide-ranging curriculums, from the basics to the advanced applications.


Mathematics Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Department of Information and Sciences

Based on mathematics, the education integrating information science and natural sciences includes the modeling, mathematical presentation and computer simulation of natural phenomena. Since the department offers a wide range of subjects in the natural sciences related to various areas of physics, chemistry, and biology, students have many options from which to select.


Information and Sciences Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Common Undergraduate Curriculum

Liberal Studies

In accordance with the University's principle of a liberal arts education, which encourages students to develop a broad knowledge across the academic spectrum, students are required to take classes in two divisions of Liberal Studies, General Education Courses and courses in Christianity.


General Education Courses

These elective classes are intended to bring students into contact with different academic fields, and thus enhance their ability to explore various current issues from a global point of view, with the empowerment of women in mind. The classes cover six areas: Empowering of Women's Lives, the Natural Sciences in Human Life, Ethics and the Human Mind, the Products of Human Intellect, Issues in the Structure of Human Society, and Wellness of Women.


General Education Course List


Christianity

Students study Christianity, a subject that is at the heart of the university's educational philosophy.


Christianity Education Course List

Academic Skill Courses

The Academic Skill Courses comprise academic study skill subjects required to acquire a basic ability to do research and complete the academic programs offered in the University.


Foreign Languages

These subjects are designed to develop academic study skills and communication skills. All Japanese students study English as a first foreign language, and choose a second foreign language from German, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Overseas students study Japanese as their first foreign language and generally English as their second. Greek and Latin are also offered as elective courses.


Foreign Language Course List


Japanese Language Course

The courses are intended to enhance students'skills in expressing themselves logically and critically in both writing and oral presentation in Japanese.


Japanese Language Course List


Information Processing

Students learn the basic skills and concepts that will help them in today's information society, including the Internet, and develop the ability to analyze and solve problems.


Information Processing Course List


Full-time faculty (faculty in charge of major subjects)



Japanese Language Pedagogy Program

This program is opened to all students in any departments who wish to be a Japanese language educator.
The vision of this program is to develop Japanese language educators who have intercultural experiences and responsive to any demands from Japanese learners inside and outside of Japan, as remaining faithful to the liberal arts, which is the tradition of TWCU.


Currently, there is no license based on laws for a Japanese language educator. Those who complete this program receive "Certificate of completion of Japanese Language Pedagogy Program in Tokyo Woman's Christian University."