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Department of Global Liberal Arts*

*Renamed from the “Department of Comparative Culture” to the “Department of Global Liberal Arts” in April 2018.
Through the comparative research of varied cultures, students come closer to understanding the essence of what it means to be human

A country’s culture is the sum-total of what people have felt, thought and devised in their everyday lives over an extended period of time. Cultures evolve with time. By understanding the process of evolution, which takes a country from ‘traditional’ to ‘modern’, one can begin to understand the norms of a given culture. This understanding is undeniably useful in furthering an individual’s ability to communicate within international society as well. Furthermore, engaging in cross-cultural comparison, particularly with that of Japan, helps students to reevaluate the cultural milieu and norms of the society in which they grew up.

Curriculum Features

Seven languages from both Asia and the West on offer for students to choose from

Classes in English, German, French, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Thai are on offer to all students. Beginning with the basics, students study their chosen language in a stepwise way, right through until proficiency.

90% of English classes are taught by native speakers

Twenty different subjects in the English language are available to students; native speakers teach 90% of them. Native speakers also teach the compulsory Seminar course, which runs from the autumn term of the first year right through until the spring term of the third year.

Opportunities for fieldwork in China,Korea,Thailand,the United States,Germany,The United Kingdom

Students have the opportunity to take part in a two-week fieldwork program in one of six countries, spanning Asia, Europe and North America. By observing and interacting with locals, students unravel the essence of their chosen country’s culture.

Two Areas of Specialist Study

Area 1: Specialized Theoretical Research

Global Studies
Students who choose this research field will come to understand the fundamentals of business logic. Furthermore, students will be equipped with the skills to constantly position oneself within a global context, regardless of what area of business they go on to work in.

Cultural Studies

This course aims to give students the skills they need to work in an international environment. The course helps develop in students the broad outlook they need to understand a variety of different cultures, and equips them with the communication skills they need to engage with the world.

International Tourism Studies (Intercultural Understanding)
This course is ideal for students who are looking to work in international tourism. Students develop the skills to promote intercultural exchange and friendship, and apply this knowledge to promote regional regeneration.

Area 2: Regional Fieldwork, Three Course Models

American studies
We aim to give students the skills they need to work in an international environment. Students who select this area of research will expand their understanding of the Americas and have the opportunity to take advantage of their international communication skills.

Japan and Asian Studies
This course aims to imbue students with a distinctly international perspective. While the course primarily focuses on broadening students’ understanding of the languages and cultures of Japan and Asia, students are also given the chance to supplement this knowledge by learning about the Western world.

European Studies
A fundamental understanding of Europe is a prerequisite for grasping the world we live in today. Students who choose this course develop such an understanding. The course aims to impart students with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to contribute to international exchange with countries within the European Area and further afield.