Toyo Gakuen University places emphasis on liberal arts education and established the Liberal Arts Education Center in April 2006. The mission of the Liberal Arts Education Center is to help students obtain a broad knowledge, develop good judgment, and acquire the ability to take initiatives and actions while deepening their knowledge in their specialized fields. It has developed the liberal arts curriculum of the University, which has the following three features.
- A first-year course for acquiring basic academic skills
First-year students take a basic liberal arts course, in which they learn academic reading, data analysis, and logical writing skills. They also practice research and presentation of their findings in this course. In the autumn semester, all of them participate in PRESEN TOGAKU, in which they give presentations on topics that they choose on their own.
- Courses for learning diverse values and broadening their perspective
The University offers a wide array of liberal arts courses beyond boundaries between faculties and departments. They are aimed at leading students to acquire knowledge required of working members of society and learn diverse values that will broaden their perspective and enrich their life. In particular, the courses are designed to serve the following five purposes.
- Understanding human beings
E.g., Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies
- Understanding cultures and art
E.g., Literature, Musicology, Performing Arts
- Understanding society
E.g., Sociology, Information Studies, Politics and Economy
- Understanding the world
E.g., Cultural Anthropology, Geography, International Relations
- Exploring contemporary issues
E.g., Issues Faced by the International Community, Contemporary Society and Gender
- Practical education for future career development
The university provides all students with programs for acquiring basic skills needed to work in the real world, which are also helpful in job hunting. They include an internal internship program for first-year students, in which they experience working as university staff members. Second-year students receive training on life planning, in which they have group discussion to think how they want to live and what they can do now to live their desired life. Third- and fourth-year students receive training for job hunting, in which they learn how to fill in the entry sheet and practice group discussions. They also receive simulated job hunting training, which is given by inviting real recruitment staff from various companies.