About ILAS

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Taking into consideration the spirit underlying the Nagoya University Academic Charter, Nagoya University defines liberal arts and sciences education as "education that the whole university is responsible for and includes both liberal arts and sciences education and basic education to develop creative, independent intellectuals with unique abilities."

Objectives and goals of liberal arts and sciences education

The Nagoya University Academic Charter states the following: Nagoya University maintains a free and vibrant academic culture with the mission of contributing to the well-being and happiness of humankind through research and education in all aspects of human beings, society, and nature. In particular, it aspires to foster the harmonious development of human nature and science, and to conduct highly advanced research and education that overlook the broad sweep of humanities, social, and natural sciences. The charters also sets forth the following basic educational objectives.

Nagoya University, through an education that values initiative, shall cultivate courageous intellectuals endowed with powers of rational thought and creativity.

In order to realize the basic concept of the academic charter, Nagoya University adopted a four-year integrated education system that extends from liberal arts and sciences and basic education to specialized education at each university school. A distinctive characteristic of Nagoya University's liberal arts and sciences education is that it has adopted a system in which the whole university, not a particular department or group of instructors, is responsible for the program. This approach assures that education of the highest possible quality will be provided.

Basic objectives for liberal arts and sciences education

  • To cultivate comprehensive decision-making and thinking abilities
  • To foster students' initiative and desire to study
  • To cultivate communication skills that contribute to character development
  • To nurture an inquisitive mind and cultivate fundamental academic abilities that are required in all schools

Liberal arts and sciences courses and course content

Liberal Arts and Sciences courses at Nagoya University are divided into basic courses and liberal education courses in accordance with the philosophy and objectives of the program. Course categories and contents are given in the following table.

Basic Courses Basic General Education Courses

Courses taken by first year students introduce them to university education, help them develop basic capabilities and the ability to independently engage in academic pursuits, and acquire the skills needed to work in either the humanities or the sciences.

First Year Seminar

Courses designed to develop students' capabilities in the basic disciplines of reading, writing, and speaking through wide-ranging intellectual training and to help students learn how to pursue the truth and how interesting such an effort can be.

Language and Culture

Courses intended to boost capabilities in foreign languages as a tool for specialized academic pursuits, to enhance understanding of foreign cultures, and in doing so, to help students prepare themselves for international society.

Health and Sports Science

Courses that promote communication and leadership abilities through sports by teaching students how to manage their own health and training them in the basic skills required for a lifetime of physical activity.

Basic Courses in Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses designed to promote an understanding of the study of humanities and social sciences and to foster independent decision-making capabilities.

Basic Courses in Natural Sciences

Courses designed to promote an understanding of the study of natural sciences and to foster independent decision-making capabilities.

Liberal Education Courses Liberal Education Courses in Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses that provide students with the skills required to analyze and understand the phenomena in the humanities and social sciences in an interdisciplinary, comprehensive fashion and that promote an understanding of their relationships to other fields of study.

Liberal Education Courses in Natural Sciences

Courses that provide students with the skills required to analyze and understand the phenomena in the field of natural sciences in an interdisciplinary, comprehensive fashion and that promote an understanding of their relationships to other fields of study.

Liberal Education Courses in Interdisciplinary Fields

Courses that help students of all specialties to develop well-balanced characters and comprehensive decision-making skills.

Open Courses

Courses in specialized fields offered at the various schools that are open to students from other schools since they are considered important and respond to students' desires for independent and diverse learning.