Centered on courses in Comparative Culture, International Business and Economics, and Social Studies, the broad interdisciplinary curriculum of the FLA aims to extend students’ general knowledge while developing their critical thinking. A wide range of courses focused on Japan enables students to understand both present-day Japan and its traditions in a global context.
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During their first year, students polish their analytic skills and are acquainted with the intellectual approaches practiced in a liberal arts education. The Core Program enhances students’ skills in writing, public speaking, and logical thinking to give both native and non-native English speakers a solid foundation for effective further study. Students can take, as part of General Studies, introductory courses in each discipline in order to gain the widest possible exposure to potential majors. Study of a foreign language is also central to the General Studies Program. Native speakers of Japanese choose from among 11 languages while students whose native language is not Japanese study in a comprehensive Japanese language program. In addition, native Japanese speakers educated either in Japan or abroad may take expository writing and reading comprehension courses to develop college-level Japanese language ability.
The First Year: Building a Foundation
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