AKADEMIA: BA Program in Philosophy-Social Anthropology-Peace Studies


AKADEMIA stands for Art, Knowledge AnD English Major for the International Arena.

It is a unique academic program that will expand the current program and is planned to commence in 2023 in the Faculty of Letters, Department of Humanities. The new program will offer an integrated undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Social Anthropology, and Peace Studies. Students accepted into AKADEMIA will enter a core program as part of the Department of Humanities, which can be combined with a range of elective courses in the social sciences, law and philosophy offered in other faculties. Students will also learn Japanese in years 1 and 2 (from basic to advanced level) and also have the opportunity to take classes in Value-Creation Education, special courses which are currently being planned. In Year 3 students take three advanced seminar Major classes, and in Year 4 undertake their own first-hand research that will be the basis for a 10,000-word graduation thesis. All the core courses in AKADEMIA (see below) train students in critical and global thinking, academic writing, and public speaking with the aim of becoming capable global citizens and leaders for a sustainable future with abilities to create a human rights culture. Over the four years of study, students develop the capacity for undertaking comprehensive and in-depth academic analyses of contemporary social issues, as well as the human skills of compassion, courage, and wisdom in line with the objectives of Value-Creation Pedagogy for global leadership.


AKADEMIA is a degree program taught fully in English; a native or near-native level of English is required. A range of international students study in the AKADEMIA program and also include local Japanese students. AKADEMIA provides the opportunity for students to undertake an inter-disciplinary approach to studies in the humanities with a focus on philosophy-social anthropology-peace studies. As indicated by the course list below, this include advanced-level seminars in Philosophy, Global Japanese Studies, and Peace Studies, courses in Comparative Cultures, courses in philosophy that include Buddhist-related studies, translation studies, anthropology of gender, race and planetary thinking, and special topics in peace studies.


*To continue in the AKADEMIA program students need to maintain a GPA of above 3.0. If students choose to develop their Japanese language skills to an advanced level they can also take courses taught in Japanese at the Faculty of Letters that span Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, History, Social Linguistics, Languages, Russian Studies, Chinese Studies Literary Studies, Peace Studies, Comparative Cultures and more.


*Students need to complete 124 credits which should include the core courses below


AKADEMIA Core Courses

Year 1 Introductory Level

Introduction to Humanities (2 credits)

Introduction to Soka AKADEMIA – Philosophy-Social Anthropology-Peace Studies (4 credits)

Japanese language courses (2 credits each)


Year 1-2 Basic Level

Global Japan Studies Social Anthropology (4 credits)

Comparative Cultures Social Anthropology (4 credits)

Philosophy I: Core Issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Ethics (4 credits)

Introduction to Peace Studies I (4 credits)

Introduction to Peace Studies II (4 credits)

Value-Creation Education (2 credits)

Academic Foundations for Humanities (2 credits)

Academic Writing A and/or B (2 credits each)

Japanese language courses (2 credits each)


Year 3-4 Advanced Level (General)

Philosophy II: Contemporary Philosophy and Buddhism (4 credits)

Philosophy Metaethics (4 credits)

Social Anthropological Approaches to Contemporary Global Issues (4 credits)

Peace Studies Workshop (4 credits)

Translation Studies (2 credits)


Year 3 Major Classes Advanced Level

Seminar Major 1 & 2: Global Japan Studies Social Anthropology (4 credits)

Seminar Major 1 & 2: Philosophy (4 credits)

Seminar Major 1 & 2: Peace Studies (4 credits)


Year 4 Seminar classes and research graduation thesis

Seminar Major 3 & 4: choose one of three Seminar Majors (4 credits)

Research for Graduation Thesis I (2 credits)

Research for Graduation Thesis II (4 credits)

Advanced Joint Seminar for AKADEMIA (4 credits)


*Seminars are specialized Majors that span years 3-4. In these classes, students develop more in-depth knowledge. In Year 4, students choose one of the seminar classes/supervisors under which to write their graduation thesis (either Philosophy, Global Japan Studies, or Peace Studies). During Year 4 students undertake their own research and more in-depth study in their chosen area of interest, learn to develop a research design, conduct empirical research, and write up a graduation dissertation of 10,000 words based on the research conducted.


*Other major language classes available in the Faculty of Letters: Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Russian, French, German, and some ancient languages.



Elective Courses from the Faculty of International Liberal Arts


Principles of History (4 credits)

Principles of Philosophy (4 credits)

Principles of Sociology (4 credits)

Principles of International Relations (4 credits)

Principles of Politics and Globalization (4 credits)


Advanced Level

Global Ethics (4 credits)

Non-Profit Organizations and Public Sector (4 credits)

Sociology of Globalization (4 credits)

Comparative Politics (4 credits)