Tokyo Woman's Christian University

School of Arts and Sciences

In the School of Arts and Sciences, eleven departments have been established in five 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 (30KB)

Division of English

The Division of English offers students an opportunity to learn English as a universal language. Students will focus on the language, literature and culture of the English-speaking world in an interdisciplinary manner. They can also acquire the English skills required in practical fields such as English education, interpretation and translation.

Course List (English) (34KB)

Department of English

Students can take classes in the following three courses in a cross-sectoral manner: 1. the English Studies Course where students study English language, literature and culture; 2. the TESOL Course where students learn about English education; and 3. the Professional Development Course where students prepare for careers using English. In addition, a six-month Study Abroad to English-speaking countries is requisite in the second semester of the second year, which enables students to deepen their understanding and experience international exchange. The goal is to develop women who possess intercultural competence and contribute to the global society.

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Division of Humanities

The Division of Humanities consists of three departments : Philosophy, Japanese Literature 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) (39KB)

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 (28KB)

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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 (31KB)

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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 (31KB)

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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 four departments, International Relations, Economics, Sociology, and Department of Community Design, 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) (36KB)

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 (29KB)

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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 history, theories and practices of economics and business management in order to tackle the issues of our global modern economy such as poverty, inequality, gender bias, global warming, financial crisis, degradation of social services and infrastructures.

Economics Course List (28KB)

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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 (27KB)

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Department of Community Design

The Department of Community Design was established for students who want to contribute to building better communities. Through practical training involving local research, career research, and investigations, students acquire social science knowledge as a tool for decision making, consensus building, and problem solving. The study fields of the Department of Community Design are Community Development Theories, Community and Administration/Legal Systems, and Community and Globalization. The goal is to develop women who can plan communities by designing people's life spaces and human connections that promote happy lives.

Community Design Course List (28KB)

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Division of Psychology and Communication

Students in the Division of Psychology and Communication study the human mind and various aspects of communication at the global, local, and interpersonal levels. They develop their analytical thinking and collaborative problem-solving skills, building on the foundations of methodologies and outcomes of empirical studies on human mind and behavior. The Division consists of two departments: the Department of Psychology and the Department of Communication.

Course List (Psychology and Communication) (33KB)

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 clarify them scientifically and empirically through diverse research methods such as experiments, surveys, observations, and interviews.

Psychology Course List (29KB)

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Department of Communication

Communication students examine communication in our society from three perspectives: communication media, information design, and cultural diversity. Students explore various aspects of communication such as effects that various types of communication have on us, and information and communication technology (ICT); they design methods for facilitating communication so that each of us can connect to others in ways that have not been possible or in areas that have been overlooked; in addition, they examine diversity among people which makes communication sometimes difficult but also more fruitful, and they study teaching Japanese to speakers of other languages as cross-cultural communication. The knowledge students acquire forms the foundation that supports them throughout their lives in the society in which diversity, design thinking, and communication media are keywords for working together and creating a better tomorrow. By emphasizing active learning, critical thinking, systematic analysis, and making good use of information media to efficiently communicate with others, the department further prepares students for careers calling for higher literacy skills, analytical reasoning, creative minds, and passion for reaching out.

Communication Course List (30KB)

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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.

Department of Mathematics

Department of Information and Mathematical 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.

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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 (8KB)

Challenge Program
This program is intended to foster students' skills in developing their career and conveying their opinion with an international perspective and high-level foreign language proficiency.

Challenge Program Course List (3KB)

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

Christianity Course List (3KB)

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 (5KB)

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 (2KB)

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 (3KB)

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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."