Social studies and literary-communication courses
The student will take a wide range of courses as part of their degree program including general education courses. Some courses are more disciplinary focused that relate to social studies in sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and some relate to the use and practice of language such as communication studies, literary studies or global citizenship skills. At the same time courses interrelate and the disciplines overlap in various areas which are combined under the broader academic umbrella term The Humanities. Language is foundational to any studies and human experience more broadly and a significant part of the program of AKADEMIA as the student become more competent both academically and practically through gaining analytical skills, cultural competencies and understanding that underpin the broader aim of fostering global citizens who can contribute in the international arena in a globalized world.

For students with native or near-native English language ability core social studies courses (which are more demanding in terms of the reading and writing required) can be pursued from Term 1. Students who wish to strengthen their English language skills first to achieve the best learning outcomes are recommended to complete English language or skills-based courses first.

Japanese languages courses
Non-Japanese speakers will take Japanese language courses in Term 1 and Term 2, and are encouraged to continue their study of the Japanese language. Those with sufficient language skills can take courses taught in Japanese. Those students taking their Major in Global Japan Studies are highly recommended to continue their study of the Japanese language in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year to achieve a high level of proficiency to help them undertake research on a topic related to Japanese society in their last year.

Envisioned model of study progression for a BA degree in the Humanities

There is flexibility in the order by which students can take and choose courses to facility the best learning outcome and academic development of each student. 


Year 1: Core Academic foundational courses for the Humanities: 

  • Introduction to Humanities (philosophical debates about human nature)
  • Comparative Culture 1 (social anthropological approaches to understanding human cultures and societies)
  • Global Japan Studies (introduction to Japanese culture and society


Year 2-4: Core Academic Optional and Required (according to Major) (Basic Level)

  • Philosophy I: Epistemology, Metaphysics and Value Theory
  • Sociology 1 (Social Theory 1: Intellectual debates for social science in the Humanities)
  • Human and Society: Japanese Society and Culture in a Global and Local context
  • Cultural Representation I and II
  • Literature I and II
  • Introduction to Linguistics

Year 2-4: Core Academic Optional and Required (according to Major) (Advanced Level)

  • Comparative Culture 2: Social Anthropological Approaches to cultures and societies)
  • Philosophy II: Contemporary Philosophy and Buddhism
  • History of Sociology (Social Theory 2: Theory in anthropology and sociology)
  • Translation studies
  • Anthropology of Race and Gender (likely start in 2022 or 23)


Year 1-4: Cross Cultural Communication in English 

  • Mass Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • English in Society
  • Peace Studies I
  • Peace Studies II 
  • Global Communication
  • Intercultural Communication


Year 3-4: Majors conducted in English in either:
(1) Global Japan Studies - Sociology/Anthropology Major
(2) Cross-Cultural Communication in English Major 


※In Year 4 Students take Research for Graduation Thesis 1 and Research for Graduation Thesis 2 (complete a graduation thesis based on individual research)


We have 9 Majors in the faculty, but apart from the above 2 Majors, seminars are conducted in Japanese, which means you will need a high proficiency in Japanese to take one of these.


General Education for AKADEMIA students Year 1-2
Soka Education 
Academic Writing A1 and A2
Academic Foundations for Humanities 
Freshman seminar (Autumn term 1)
Japanese language (Year 1 compulsory)
Academic Writing B1 and B2
Global Citizenship Education 

Language courses
Some minor and ancient languages

Cross-faculty courses
FILA: Principles of History, Global Ethics, Principles of Philosophy, Modern Political Thought, Contemporary Political Theory, Citizenship and Democracy in a Global Age
Faculty of Education: Educational Psychology; Soka Education; Sociology of Education
Faculty of Law: Peace Studies, International Human Rights, International Relations, Liberalism and Nationalism, Jurisprudence, Business Ethics
Faculty of Business: Business Ethics
Faculty of Economics: Development and the Environment (Spring 4 credits)

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