Faculty of International Liberal Arts Program Features

The current curriculum applies only to Academic Year 2017 matriculates. Curriculum revisions for matriculates in Academic Year 2018 onwards are currently in process. About the outline of the new curriculum, please go the section “For Prospective Students and Admissions” http://fila.soka.ac.jp/en/admissions.html

All Students are required to spend one
academic year abroad starting Second
Semester of Freshman Year

Students participate in an international experience during their year of intensive study abroad. This academic year of study abroad is required. All academic courses at Soka University will be in English.

The Faculty of International Liberal Arts will create an international community of learning both here at Soka University and by requiring students to study abroad. In the academic year spent abroad, students will continue to develop their academic English skills and will be exposed to cultures and values in their countries of study. To fully develop cross-cultural communication skills, students will need to communicate actively by expressing themselves. Living abroad will be the gateway to learning practical and academic English skills, cross-cultural understanding and basic learning skills. Students will discover firsthand how to survive in a global context. Semester 1 of Freshman Year is dedicated to preparing students for college life and for their academic year abroad.
After returning from study abroad, students will continue to build on their language and cross-cultural skills. They will begin to take courses in the three discipline areas and in a foreign language.

Study Abroad (1 academic year) in UK,USA, Australia, or Canada

Duration One academic year, beginning Semester 2 of Year 1 through Semester 1 of Year 2
Host Universities [UK] London: Goldsmiths, University of London
[Australia] Brisbane: Griffith University
[USA] Virginia: George Mason University
[USA] Los Angeles: University of Southern California
[Canada] Vancouver: Simon Fraser University
Tuition Fee No additional cost is incurred for tuition at these universities abroad. Students will need to pay additional costs for room, board and living expenses.
Course Credits EAP: Study Abroad I (8 credits), AF: Study Abroad I (6 credits)
EAP: Study Abroad II (8 credits), AF: Study Abroad II (6 credits)
Total = 28 credits

All FILA Academic Courses are conducted in English

International and interdisciplinary skills

The Faculty of International Liberal Arts at Soka University will develop students’ skills to engage in international and  interdisciplinary issues. These global issues of today, that straddle national boundaries, require the ability to gather, analyze and communicate information in English and across disciplines. English instruction of academic courses will emphasize the four aspects of communication: listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension and written expression. Students’ level of proficiency will allow them to engage in interdisciplinary discussions across themes of globalization.

History & Culture
These courses will analyze global issues from perspectives of history and culture by examining how and why issues throughout history have arisen, investigating root causes  of social problems.
International Relations & Politics
These courses will analyze the current issues faced by countries
by examining different nations’ politics, diplomacy and relations with neighboring countries, deepening the understanding of world current affairs.
Economics & Business
These courses will examine global developments from a business focus and study issues that confront businesses and organizations in modern times, including an examination of the current and future state of the Japanese economy.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Jobs of the 21st century will require an individual to examine issues, problems, and solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will be exposed to Team Teaching, involving up to three professors from three different disciplines, and will be able to experience active engagement in these dialogues and discussions.

Global issues are of greater complexity than ever before. To prepare students for this complexity they will select one of three disciplines for their area of focus, and also be exposed to the other two disciplines in an integrated manner that will allow for deeper understanding and synthesis. In Year 3 students will take a course that will be offered by three professors as a team, one each from History and Culture, International Relations and Politics, and Economics and Business. Students will have the benefit of multiple disciplines via Team Teaching, and will have the opportunity to examine various issues from multiple disciplines. Furthermore, the staff-student ratio is 1 to 19. This small-group classroom environment is conducive to active discussions, further developing English communication skills, and presentation skills in an international context.

●Team Teaching(Basic Seminar I)
  • ・Societal issues are examined, leading to a more complex understanding and discovery of innovative solutions that are creative as well as feasible, all from  an interdisciplinary approach.
  • ・Professors will offer their individual perspectives and methods of analysis, resulting in the students’ deeper understanding of different fields. Tying together the different strands from these fields will weave the fabric of an organized knowledge base.
  • ・Collaborative learning implemented to induce creative problem-solving methods will lead to the development of analytical thinking and improved communication skills.

Interactive learning delivered
with individualized attention

The Faculty of International Liberal Arts will admit 80 students annually. This will allow for a teacher-student ratio of approximately 1:19. Professors will be able to provide individualized attention to students. Classes will be conducted to maximize student involvement, promoting collaborative learning among students.
Various pedagogical methods that lend themselves to interactive learning and enhanced student participation will be employed, such as small group work and project-based learning. Interactive learning and individualized instruction will strengthen communication between staff, faculty and students.