Providing a solid foundation, while fostering critical thinking and creativity
We offer students several classes as an introduction to various disciplines and as a general academic foundation. The core subjects are in the human sciences, the social sciences and the natural sciences. Subjects in the humanities include philosophy, psychology and literature. Subjects in the social sciences courses include sociology, political science, and law. Those in the natural sciences include computer science, biology, and chemistry. Through this general education, students gain exposure to a wealth of knowledge in a wide variety of fields.
At Tsuda University, we have a special lecture series entitled “Interdisciplinary Study of Contemporary Problems.” Lectures are given by Tsuda University faculty members and speakers from off campus—usually academics, writers, and business professionals. The interdisciplinary nature of this lecture series is truly unique.
By taking advantage of this wide offering of general classes, students are usually able to figure out their future goals, and upon the completion of these classes, students are in a better position to choose their elective courses.
A prototype for intensive English-language training
At Tsuda, students in every department are required to study English, and acquire English skills essential to their various disciplines. We emphasize the four essential language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We have worked hard through the years to develop interesting teaching materials that help students to improve their language skills and simultaneously fuel their desire to study further.
Consequently, in fiscal 2004, the Ministry of Education and Science, as part of its Program to Support University Education, cited our language education program as exemplifying “Distinctive Good Practices.” The ministry examines the innovations being introduced by universities around the country to improve their curricula, and then selects the most distinctive and effective ones. The ministry then plans to make this information widely available to the public so that it may be used for reference in the development of higher education curricula.
We are pleased that our program has been selected, and will continue our efforts to develop interesting and effective educational materials and programs.
Tsuda offers eight languages including English
In addition to English, we offer classes in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Korean, as well as Japanese for foreign students. In the first year, students are required to master basic grammar and do exercises. In the second year, the emphasis is on reading and exercises. In the third and fourth years, students may choose from among several upper-level language courses. Both the Department of English and the Department of International and Cultural Studies require students to study a second foreign language.
Computer and information literacy for all students
Tsuda University offers campus-wide access to computers and the Internet, in addition to network connections accessible from outside campus so that students can access email and college facilities from home.
Computer literacy courses are aimed at teaching the use of computers as tools for communication, creativity, and organizing information. Introductory courses teach the fundamentals of computer skills and the basics of using computer applications such as word processors and spreadsheets, as well as how to find information on the Web for academic purposes and how to avoid security and privacy-related risks on the Internet. Intermediate courses teach the use of various applications for making presentations or Web pages.
Fostering wellness and wholesome lifestyles
The educational philosophy of Umeko Tsuda, the founder of Tsuda University, is based on Christianity and aims at an all-round education. Wellness education is an indispensable part of this all-round education, and therefore is a required course for all students. Our approach to health and wellness education adopts a broad approach taken from the human sciences. This is a unique course, which encompasses a wide variety of research activities.
The course is comprised of twenty sessions, divided into five segments: Health Education, Movement Education, Leisure Education, Special Research on Wellness, and Relaxation & Recreational Activities. Some classes are in a lecture format, featuring interesting and varied content, while other classes focus on physical activities based on movement theory. Students are encouraged to study wellness issues, and to identify wholesome lifestyles and practices that contribute to the preservation of human health and well-being.
Training teachers with a clear set of values
International students, business people, and children studying in overseas schools are among the many people who are studying Japanese around the world. In response to the growing demand for Japanese worldwide, Tsuda University introduced a new Japanese language education curriculum in the 2004 academic year. Students are now required to complete courses for a total of 40 credits (20 required credits, and 20 elective credits). Our new curriculum teaches students how to deal with learners from all walks of life, not just one specific group of individuals. Another unique feature of Tsuda University is the large proportion of students intending to pursue a career in education. In the classes offered as part of the Education curriculum, students examine education-related problems that reflect complex social issues, and are given ample opportunity for discussion and debate. Students become certified instructors upon graduation if they complete teacher-training classes and education classes (specialized classes specified by individual departments).