Overview

AKADEMIA stands for Art, Knowledge AnD English Major for the International Arena and is the English Medium Programme (EMP) in the Faculty of Letters, Department of Humanities. The Department of Humanities provides a wide range of courses taught both in English and Japanese, but under the AKADEMIA students can graduate by studying solely in English, or by a combination of courses taught in English and Japanese. In this way, Japanese students will be able to experience the study abroad environment while studying in Japan, while overseas students will be able to take a degree program in Japan using English as the medium of instruction.
The Department of Humanities offers courses in Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, History, Social Linguistics, Languages, Translation Studies, Literary Studies and Peace Studies, and Buddhist Studies. It provides the opportunity for students to undertake a truly inter-disciplinary approach to social studies in the humanities. This includes sociological and anthropological courses with a focus on Japan in a global context, courses in comparative cultures and minorities, philosophy, Buddhist studies, and history, literary studies and textual analyses, languages, social linguistics, and translation studies, communication studies which include personal, intercultural and global communication courses, as well as more theoretical courses in general sociology and anthropology, cultural representation and literary and translation theory.

Under AKADEMIA three Majors are currently on offer:
Global Japan Studies (Sociology/Anthropology), Literary Studies (with a focus on Fantasy literature), and Cross-Cultural Communication. Majors are specialized courses that begin in Year 3. While the student continues to take a variety of courses throughout their third and fourth years, they will also choose a Major. This gives students the opportunity to work closely with one teacher who specializes in a certain field and work with a smaller group of fellow students. This will eventually lead to writing up a final dissertation. Under the Major system, the student participates in a weekly seminar group consisting typically of between 8-12 students which will continue in Year 3 and Year 4. Thus, the seminars span the last two years until graduation and facilitate the development of more specialized knowledge. In the last year students focus on pursuing their own area of research interest and will acquire the knowledge and skills to undertake some of their own research on a chosen topic. This research will be part of their final graduation dissertation.

Japanese students wanting to take the degree program under AKADEMIA are required to have a TOEIC score of minimum 550 and/or have at least level 2 of the English Proficiency Test. International students from English speaking countries/or with proficiency to study in English at an academic level and who do not speak Japanese will be required to take basic Japanese courses in their first year. The focus here in on learning basic and conversational Japanese. Students can choose to continue studying Japanese to an advanced level in subsequent years. Any courses taught in Japanese is also available to international students given they have proficient language ability. Other major language courses that can also be taken in the department are Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Russian, French, German and others, as well as some ancient languages. The program spans across the university faculties and it is possible for students to take some courses from other departments in for example Economics, Politics, Business, International Relations, Education, Law, and Environmental studies.

The applications for AKADEMIA will officially begin in your second year. To apply, your GPA needs to be above 3.0. Also, in order to receive your diploma under AKADEMIA, you will need to have taken at least 24 credits of the below courses and achieve a GPA of above 3.0 to finish the program.