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ILA’s Mission

The Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) at Doshisha University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree taught exclusively in English. The ILA aims to encourage students to develop their full intellectual and human potential within an international atmosphere. To do so, the ILA brings together a diverse group of faculty and students and encourages co-operative learning across the academic disciplines. Students gain in-depth local knowledge about Kyoto and the Kansai region, and at the same time, master frameworks and methods that can be applied to the understanding of regional and global social, political and economic processes. The ILA hopes that academic and social skills acquired within this broad education will enable students to make significant contributions to their local communities, countries of residence, and global society.
The ILA curriculum emphasizes developing critical thinking skills which are needed in any career.
Gao Peng, China