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Educational Policy

The B.A. in Liberal Arts program at the ILA represents a culmination of world−class approaches to university liberal arts education. The Institute has a liberal arts college atmosphere and educational approach and emphasizes building partnerships between students and professors in small, interactive classes delivered through the medium of English.

By challenging students to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop a critical literacy through intensive reading, reflection, writing, and discussion, the Institute aims for individuals to cultivate intellectual and practical skills, gain a sense of individual and social responsibility, and obtain knowledge of social and natural worlds. The Institute faculty members challenge students to not only find interesting answers, but to formulate and ask intriguing questions.

Although there is a choice of three areas of concentration―Japanese Society and Global Culture, Japanese Business and the Global Economy, and Japanese Politics and Global Studies―students are encouraged to design their own unique four−year curriculum of study, choosing from a wide range of classes offered through the Institute, the Center for Japanese Language and Culture, as well as literally hundreds of undergraduate classes offered in Japanese at other faculties. Also, as a Doshisha University undergraduate, all Institute students have the opportunity to enroll in credit-earning courses at other universities in “The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto,” including Kyoto University, Ritsumeikan University, and nearly fifty others.

Depending on the concentration chosen, each student will formally belong to the Faculty of Letters, Social Studies, Law, Economics, Commerce, or Policy Studies (refer to the diagram below). However, regardless of which faculty they belong to, all students at the ILA study in the same curriculum which is especially designed for the B.A. in Liberal Arts program.

Japanese Society and
Global Culture
LettersEnglish / Philosophy / Aesthetics and Art Theory / Cultural History / Japanese Literature
Social StudiesSociology / Social Welfare / Media, Journalism and Communications / Industrial Relations / Education and Culture
Japanese Business and the Global EconomyEconomicsEconomics
Japanese Politics and Global StudiesLawLaw / Political Science
Policy StudiesPolicy Studies