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Department of International Culture and Communication Studies, Faculty of Letters

The purpose of education for developing individuals into global human resources

The Department of International Culture and Communication Studies aims to cultivate individuals who can contribute to the development of a global society by enabling them to express themselves from multiple perspectives as they attempt to facilitate understanding and communication among a variety of cultures. To achieve this purpose while upholding the universal language of English as the foundational means of communication in the globalizing era, students also learn to apply their understanding of languages other than English to their studies. Hence, students are expected to have the ability to promote cross-cultural communication while developing an in-depth understanding of languages and cultures of Japan and other countries.

Program goals regarding skills and abilities that are important for students to acquire

The understanding that English is a common language required in the globalizing era serves as the core departmental education ideology. As such, courses offered by the department aim to equip students with the skills that would allow them to be an active participant in various social scenes using English. These courses involve the acquisition of a high command of English in terms of reading comprehension, listening, written expressions, and oral communications.

  1. By encouraging students to acquire a second foreign language such as German and French in addition to English, the department aims to enable students to acquire the skills necessary for facilitating communication across multiple languages with a central focus on English in our globalizing world.
     
  2. The study of historical cultures and customs in various regions of the world such as in English, German, and French-speaking countries would allow students to acquire in-depth understanding of various cultures around the world and, in turn, enable them to develop the ability to look at our multi-polarizing world with a broadened perceptive. In addition, students are expected to acquire cross-cultural understanding and a spirit to propel coexistence among different cultures through their studies, particularly through the understanding of not only past and present exchanges between cultures but also issues of concern regarding communication between various cultures throughout the world.
     
  3. Students are expected to contribute to the creation of new cultures and international exchange by gaining awareness of the various cultural representations of the Japanese language and Japan from different perspectives as they deepen their understanding of the Japanese culture. In turn, students are expected to share what they have gained from their departmental studies with people in other parts of the world.
     
  4. The department aims to foster students' cooperativeness, critical thinking skills, and their ability of expression in Japanese, as well as developing inquisitive minds. Equipped with these skills and abilities, students are expected to contribute to their society. Also, as students reflect on their linguistic and cultural knowledge gained through the acquisition of the aforementioned skills and abilities, it should help inform their life decisions after graduation.

 As described above, the establishment of the Department of International Culture and Communication Studies aims to develop students into individuals capable of contributing to the development of our global society with their in-depth cultural understanding of various countries and language skills.

Other Program Objectives

The department aims also to enable students to acquire the qualifications for becoming English teachers, general librarians, school librarians, and museum curators, as well as to provide training to students who wish to become teachers of Japanese as a foreign language.