About the college
The College of Humanities and Sciences
The College of Humanities and Sciences offers unique and diverse programs for both domestic and international students. With eighteen major undergraduate programs and almost as many graduate programs to choose from, students can receive a superb education in many fields. The College boasts about 8,600 undergraduate and about 300 graduate students. Although Nihon University may well be the largest educational institution in Japan with fifteen different campus locations, the College of Humanities and Sciences maintains a close-knit feeling among its student body. The campus is easily accessible via an excellent Japanese public transportation system from any place in Tokyo. It is located just a ten-minute train ride from Shinjuku, one of the liveliest spots in Tokyo. The College of Humanities and Sciences, however, is in a quiet residential area, which provides an ideal environment for earnest students.
Educational Goals of the College of Humanities and Sciences
Based on Nihon University’s educational philosophy which aims to cultivate the spirit of “independent creativity,” the College of Humanities and Sciences promotes education and research characterized by the fusion of “humanities” and “sciences”. In particular, the College aims to provide education that organically links liberal arts and professional training grounded in interdisciplinarity. Furthermore, the College produces individual and vibrant students who will make thorough use of their specialized knowledge in Japan and the world. With unshakable conviction and hope for the future, the College will maintain “high-quality education” in today’s society with its demand for the reconstruction of “knowledge,” and develop “detailed learning support” while cultivating competent human resources who will contribute to the global society.
Nihon University aims to foster human resources who cultivate the spirit of “independent creativity”, promote cultural development and contribute to world peace and human welfare.
Under this educational philosophy, the College of Humanities and Sciences aims to develop human resources who learn the basics of specialized knowledge in each department of humanities, social and natural sciences. We expect our students to be highly cultured across “humanity” and “science” and utilize both in combination to contribute to modern society. We seek students with strong motivation and enthusiasm who well understand the purposes of this College, change themselves and society and work to solve global problems.
In this regard, we implement a variety of screening methods to accept students who meet these conditions. As a prerequisite, the enrolled students should fulfill the following requirements:
- To have vigorous intellectual curiosity with a creative mind not bound by existing ideas.
- To have positive attitudes towards diverse cultures and societies to overcome differences.
- To be able to think, even question, the existing conditions and complex behaviors of nature, humanity and society.
- To have a willingness to work on society and the world in a practical way to solve problems.
- To have basic communication skills mainly in their native language.
The College of Humanities and Sciences aims to foster competent human resources who are active in the real world with the basic philosophy of “independent creativity” referred to in Article 1 of the Nihon University Code. For this purpose, we pursue our educational goals to provide students with opportunities to acquire comprehensive practical skills. We expect students to achieve liberal arts (culture) of a wide range of humanities and social and natural sciences to confront difficulties in real life, and achieve specialized knowledge and skills offered by each department: so that they can open up a new horizon by making the best use of liberal culture and expertism together.
- Independence and creativity
Through setting goals by themselves and finding their own way to realize the goals, students can have a creative mind free from established authorities and norms while paying respect to traditions.
- Imagination and understanding of diversity
Students can have a rich imagination and understanding of diverse cultures and societies of all ages and countries, and cultivate empathy towards others including minorities.
- Ability to find problems upon recognition of the complexity of nature, humanity and society
In addition to elucidating the order of nature, students can identify problems upon scientific recognition of the complexity of humanity and society with a variety of confrontations and conflicts.
- Ability to solve problems in cooperation with many people
In collaboration with many other people students can demonstrate leadership to interpret and resolve identified problems by collecting and analyzing information accurately.
- Creative communication skills
By accepting others’ ideas and thoughts through a variety of media such as language and senses, students can impart their own ideas and thoughts to others and hold creative dialogues and discussions.
- Ability to comprehensively utilize expert knowledge and skills
Based on a wide range of cultural foundations, students can make use of expert knowledge and skills in an integrated manner according to the degree program of each department.
In order to offer opportunities to acquire the comprehensive practical skills together with cultural minds, knowledge and skills that are set forth in the Diploma Policy, the College of Humanities and Sciences systematically organizes course subjects: First Year Seminars Introductory Courses to Special Studies, Foreign Language, Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Special Education and other required courses. These courses are conducted in appropriate combinations formats, including but not exclusive to lectures, exercises, practical training, experiments. To clarify the systematicity of curriculum and the orderly nature of learning, course diagrams are clearly specified for describing the purposes of course placement and inter- subject relations.
The educational content and method is as set forth from 1) to 9) below, and the evaluating methods in 10) and 11).
- Through small-group classes for the First Year Seminars and Introductory Courses to Special Studies (including the Health and Physical Education and Computer Training), students set goals and draw up plans for 4-year learning with a view to physical and mental health, adaptation to campus life, acquisition of academic skills and career paths after graduation. Furthermore, through a variety of course subjects including career education such as internship programs targeted for acquisition of basic abilities for full-fledged members of society, students steadily carry out their plans while making corrections as necessary.
- Through the Multidisciplinary Studies I (Introductory Courses to Special Studies of each academic field), students learn traditional academic disciplines beyond conventional academic boundaries, and through the Project Education Courses which students, faculty members, and other staff can plan cooperatively and freely, they pursue voluntary and creative learning that is not bound by the established academic framework.
- The Foreign Language Education Center offers students opportunities to manage their own foreign language learning using portfolios.
- Through the Multidisciplinary Studies II (interdisciplinary/topical applied education courses), students attain interdisciplinary and diverse perspectives on past and present problems that human beings have been facing and attempt to understand and solve these problems in association with their own realities by methods such as active learning.
- From among the Foreign Language Studies instructed in proficiency-dependent small groups of 8 different languages: English, Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Russian and Japanese (for international students), students select one or more languages. Through acquisition of basic communication skills, expressive ability and reading comprehension, they relativize themselves in interaction with a variety of people, cultures and societies different from theirs so as to recognize others as they are.
- From the Multidisciplinary Studies covering humanities, social and natural sciences, students take one and more courses from each study field in a balanced manner so that they can recognize not only each complexity of nature, mankind and society but also the relationship between them academically and scientifically by taking trans- and cross-disciplinary courses, and discover not only issues of individual academic fields but also ones arising from interactions between the different fields.
- In the First Year Seminars, Introductory Courses to Specialized Studies and some of the Multidisciplinary Studies as well as a number of the Special Studies students take small-group lectures, exercises and practical trainings/experiments that are incorporated with the active learning including problem-based learning (PBL), group work, group discussions and flipped classes. Accordingly, students identify problems proactively, address them academically and cooperate with others through creative communication towards solutions.
- By taking interactive training by native instructors and the Overseas Language Study Program from the Foreign Language Studies and the Japanese/International Studies (lessons in English) and Fieldwork in Overseas Countries from the Multidisciplinary Studies, students learn international communications and cooperation.
- In each of the 18 departments of humanities, social and natural sciences, students take the Special Studies, ranging from basic and introductory to highly advanced courses, in an appropriate combination with lectures, exercises and practical training/experiments. Thereby, learning should progress step by step and in a practical manner subject to course load restrictions and promotion requirements in terms of the systematicity of each academic field. During the learning process, students first find real problems in the global community of the 21st century and finally leverage their cultural and specialized knowledge and skills comprehensively and academically into their graduation research and thesis. towards the clarification and resolution of the problems.
- In order to reach the curriculum goals proposed in the course diagram according to the Diploma Policy, achievement in each course is evaluated by the methods described in the syllabus. Evaluation is carried out in a comprehensive and pluralistic way according to the contents and methodology of each course: reports, presentations, demonstrations, participation in the course, paper tests, and their combinations.
- Through analyzing students’ grades of each course, the goal achievement of each course is assessed so as to evaluate educational outcomes of each department and the College for future improvement.