Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Through Literature, Philosophy, Sociology, and other courses, students acquire basic knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences and learn different methodologies to build a foundation for future study in their fields and for post-first-year "Themes in Humanities and Social Sciences" courses. Students can also select from a variety of seminars designed to give them the opportunity to conduct research and write essays on topics they choose for themselves. Titles of recent essays written by students include "Incompleteness and Memory in Norwegian Wood" and "Face-to-face Communication—How `I' Came to Be."
In Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology courses, students learn how the different methodologies aim to understand nature, and in doing so build a strong foundation for future study in their fields. They acquire basic knowledge, and are trained in logical thinking and scientific skills through lecture courses and lab work. Introductory classes are provided for students who have not taken high-school Physics, Chemistry, or Biology.
Through the study of English as well as French, German, Spanish, or Chinese, students obtain skills required for successful international communication. In the process of doing so, students deepen their understanding of other societies, cultures, and values. Where English courses are concerned, students are streamed according to proficiency.
Through "Total Fitness" lectures and physical training, students build awareness of the proper functioning of their own bodies. Health professionals need to learn how to manage their own bodies before they can make determinations about or perform procedures on the bodies of others. The Fitness Management course helps students to acquire this ability.
Topics in Integrated Studies
All first-year students take a "Topics in Integrated Studies" course in the spring term of their first year. Students hold discussions, conduct research, and give a group presentation at the end of the term. Two instructors per group are available when needed for consultation. As part of this course, students also attend classes on academic writing and academic literacy and learn how to look for sources, raise issues, and present research as college students.
For students majoring in medicine and dentistry, the College also offers "Themes in Humanities and Social Sciences" --Electives, Lectures and Seminars-- at TMDU's Yushima Campus. Also on the Yushima campus, the College offers Life Science and Science Problem-Based Learning (PBL) courses for second-year dental students.