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Department of International Studies

Enriched curriculums to deepen understanding of different cultures with many opportunities for off-campus learning
Including fieldwork and study abroad

■Purpose of the discipline

Have you ever had a feeling of strangeness upon seeing Japanese people in western movies; wearing glasses, always smiling, too many bowing… Such a fixed image or preconceived idea that many people have of a particular person or culture is called stereotype. These are common stereotype of Japanese people made by foreign people, there are many stereotypes everywhere around us. Often when a country or people are described stereotypically, barriers to communication are likely to develop. The international society, that has been rapidly making progress with increasing international activities at not only a political level but also at private levels such as companies, NPOs and NGOs, seeks a true understanding of different cultures. Improving language skill is just the beginning of this program. Students broaden their perspective of foreign cultures and close in on the diverse cultures and values in countries and people by learning about languages filled with the way of thinking of those who established the culture in their country.


■Features

The main study field is to understand different cultures through linguistics and verbal communication in English and Chinese as core languages, literature (British and American literature), cultural anthropology, and International relations. In English and Chinese learning, students have opportunities to improve language and communication skills from the first year of study through a small size class of “communication foreign language”. In addition, second year students choose their specific field of study with research related to literature or understanding of different cultures, leading toward a graduation thesis culminating their studies. An emphasis on learning through participation and experience weighs heavily in the program. For instance, in the class of “fieldwork”, students have opportunities to visit New Zealand, Mexico, China, India, or Zanzibar Island of Tanzania, or teach a foreign language to Japanese children with international volunteers. Students also have the chance to study abroad at 26 overseas partner universities of Meisei University. Approximately 40 students study at such universities each year.

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