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Overview of the Department

Department of Foreign Languages and Liberal Arts

Areas of study relevant to foreign languages and riberal arts to further the education of tomorrow's engineers, scientists, and researchers

What kind of Study?

Foreign languages
- English
Most of you have studied English in middle school and high school for a total of six years and acquired a basic grasp of the language. In order to advance in any field, whether in the humanities or in the natural or social sciences, such is the basic minimum required. Now that you are entering the Faculty of Science and Technology, you will need to activate that knowledge and, at the same time, cultivate the practical command of English that your future study and research will call for. In the first and second years of required courses, the purpose is to improve practical English skills, especially in reading and writing, in order to enable you to read natural science materials and write English-language summaries of your work, as you advance into the upper-division and begin studies in your technical field. General Education English electives are arranged according to a consistent program extending, by course level, from first year to fourth year. They are intended to accommodate your varied interests and relative proficiency. In these classes, the goal is the cultivation of a broad command of English and, at the same time, its maintenance and advancement for the third and fourth years.

- Foreign Languages other than English

Classroom Scene

As part of their preparation for taking on leadership responsibilities in the 21st century, students clearly need to acquire skills in more than one foreign language. Thus, in addition to English, students must undertake the study of any one of the following offerings: German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Korean. Among the foreign language electives, there are also Italian, Spanish, and Arabic.

Liberal Arts
- Liberal Arts Subjects
In the 20th century and on to the present day, science has continued to provide humanity with an unprecedented richness of blessings. That enormous power has reached the point where harmony with life as a whole should come into perspective. It would seem that the time has come to think deeply about the overall wisdom of human beings as users of technology. Those who seek to study at Keio University's Faculty of Science and Technology must possess not only a high level of technical proficiency but also the capacity to ponder issues seriously and profoundly, to think globally, and to embrace the full sense of involvement in humanity. With our highest priority given to the nurture of these vital abilities, we seek to contribute to the development of tomorrow's engineers, scientists, and researchers.

Educational Goal

Foreign languages
- English
Required English - the nurturing of practical English skills
Electives - the nurturing of a broad command of English
- Foreign Languages other than English
Learning regional languages
Improving overall linguistic capacity and sharpening thinking skills
Developing effective communicators

Liberal Arts
- Liberal Arts Courses
For the cultivation of profound reflective ability on humanity, society, and nature

Curriculum

Foreign languages
- English
No more than 30 students per class
Divided according to level
Proficiency test administered in April

- Other Foreign Languages
Providing intensive education by means of a curriculum and classes with a favorable student-teacher ratio that will enable students to maintain and improve their language skills

Providing, on completion of the basic courses, semi-intensive courses within the standard program as well as intensive courses for those wishing to concentrate on a single language, along with individually tailored courses variously emphasizing speaking, writing, and reading.

Providing through beginning courses in the various languages in order that students may gain a broad understanding of a third or fourth language, as an introduction to languages of the world.

Providing courses designed to be compatible with proficiency tests in the various languages, those aspiring to take such examinations can be trained and prepared.

Liberal Arts
- Liberal Arts Courses
There are approximately 160 courses from which students can choose over their four years of undergraduate study for the purpose of deepening their knowledge and gaining self-reliance.

Liberal arts seminars, appealing to students' individual interests, are provided to nurture the ability to think logically as they engage in carrying out research projects and discuss their findings.

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