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Message from the Dean of the Faculty of Information Sciences and Arts

 
Chieko Kato, Dean, Faculty of Information Sciences and Arts

The education and research conducted by the Faculty of Information Sciences and Arts features an integration of arts and sciences over a broad spectrum that includes information, business administration, media, sports, psychology, culture, art, the environment, society and economics. Comprising the Faculty of Information Sciences and Arts are one department (Department of Information Sciences and Arts) and three courses (Systems Information, Psychology and Sports Information and Media Culture).

The Systems Information Course has two tracks: an AI/system track and a data science track. The AI/system track primarily covers AI, IoT, the cloud, information systems, and information sciences, enabling students to take the examinations needed to qualify as a high school teacher in information sciences or a high-level information processing engineer. The data science track teaches the fundamentals and practical applications of data science, giving students the knowledge and skills needed for business/financial management, product/service planning, etc. This course also helps students qualify to become social researchers.

The Psychology and Sports Information Course has three tracks: psychology, sports, and sports psychology. The psychology track helps students earn the national qualification of Certified Public Psychologist with a varied curriculum that enables them to learn about psychology utilizing information technology. The sports track gives students the training needed to become an internationally licensed (NSCA-certified) personal trainer, a NSCA-certified strength & conditioning specialist or a sports data analyst. The sports psychology track melds sports with psychology for students seeking to become a sports mental training instructor.

The Media Culture Course has two tracks: a media track and an AI/media track. The media track offers students the knowledge and skills they will need to engage in broadcaster-like Web streaming as well as the knowledge and skills to prepare media content utilizing information technology. The AI/media track teaches practical applications of AI technology (including AI app. development) in various media fields.

These distinct courses also offer education and training that straddle courses and tracks. Students can receive a richly varied education by, for example, fusing AI, data science and sports to pursue AI-based sports data analysis.

Toyo University was Japan’s first private co-educational institution of higher learning. In 1916, Tsune Kuriyama became the first woman admitted to Toyo University. At the time, the Ministry of Education did not permit women to attend national universities, but the president of Toyo University accepted Ms. Kuriyama as a student with the idea that “scholarship has no sex.” Our Faculty has been pursuing diversity as heirs to Toyo University’s proud spirit of diversity. Furthermore, this Faculty has been devoting energy to promoting globalized education in view of Japan’s globalizing society and global trends, and it has been actively accepting international students from a variety of countries, fostering a global environment within the Faculty, and working to develop global human resources capable of playing active roles on various stages. The curriculum of the Faculty of Information Sciences and Arts reflects an education that fuses the arts and sciences with diversity and globalized education in anticipation of such an era, and has been designed to achieve the Faculty’s educational goals.

The Faculty of Information Sciences and Arts is thus rich in variety due to its fusion of arts and sciences, and students have a high degree of freedom to set targets and choose from among a wide range of options. Please seek out those classes within this diverse curriculum that match your own personality and interests in order to maximize your own individuality and capabilities.