International College of Liberal Arts - Yamanashi Gakuin University

Introduction

Choose liberal arts. In Japan.

The International College of Liberal Arts at Yamanashi Gakuin University is a 4-year, residential, American-style liberal arts college, with all courses offered in English. Studies at iCLA lead to a Bachelor’s degree in International Liberal Arts. Students can choose from an array of courses in various disciplines, and, after one year of Foundation Courses, can decide on one of the eight concentrations that iCLA currently offers: Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Language Arts (Literature, Linguistics), Philosophy and Religious Studies, Music, Arts, and Performing Arts. Picturesquely located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, in the heart of what was known in the medieval times as Kai Country, the YGU Sakaori Campus is home to the iCLA complex (Residential Halls and Classroom Building). iCLA is only 90 minutes west of Tokyo and offers students unique opportunities to immerse themselves in the very essence of Japan and its culture.

Eight Reasons

  1. A True Liberal Arts Education: Interdisciplinary EngagementStudents engage in a multitude of subjects, pursuing a breadth of knowledge in a range of domains. This approach fosters humans with depth and insight: lifelong learners. Students choose courses that challenge assumptions, kindle passions, and ignite dreams.
  2. Classes Taught in English: An International Faculty A large majority of the iCLA faculty members are citizens of nations other than Japan and nearly all of the classes are taught in English, with the exception of some traditional Japanese arts courses. The education at iCLA meets international standards.
  3. EAE Intensive English Program: English for Academic ExcellenceOur English for Academic Excellence (EAE) program is an intensive English-language academic component which cultivates reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills with the objective of fostering sufficient proficiency to enroll in rigorous academic courses in English. Depending on proficiency, all non-native speakers of English may need to enroll in the program during their first year of study at iCLA.
  4. One Year of Study Abroad: A World of OptionsiCLA has established a network with dozens of universities on three continents where students may study during their mandatory year of study abroad.
  5. Small Classes and A Low Faculty-student Ratio: Direct Communication with InstructorsSmall interactive classes are at the core of our pedagogical approach. The low faculty-to-student ratio fosters close connections between instructors and students and enhances communication and collaboration among students themselves.
  6. Critical, Creative, Independent, and Global Thinking: CCIG ThinkingThe iCLA curriculum was designed to cultivate critical, creative, independent, and global thinking. iCLA students learn how to acquire and analyze knowledge in order to create their own answers to age-old questions.
  7. Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC): Broadening SkillsIn the four-year WAC academic component, students write a series of papers centered on a single topic of their choice selected from a list of relevant problems of the contemporary world.
  8. Cross-cultural Living in Innovative Facilities: International DormitoriesUpon arriving at iCLA, all first-year students must live in the dormitories for at least one year. Gender-specific dormitories have single-rooms organized into larger units with a mixed, international student population.

A Global College Experience. At the Foot of Mt. Fuji.

Small Classes and Highly-trained Instructors: Incoming cohorts are capped at 80 students and the standard size of any given class is less than 20. Our faculty holds advanced degrees from elite institutions and hail from all over the world. Our small class size and experienced faculty put a premium on student-centered learning – the foundation of the education at iCLA. Our mission is to create an environment where students discover where their passions lie. The intersection of talent, passion, and knowledge informs the continuation of their studies at iCLA. Instructors lead classes through discussion, fostering active student participation. An Interdisciplinary Curriculum in State-of-the-Art facilities The iCLA curriculum offers a broad range of foundation courses, covering humanities, social sciences, quantitative reasoning, health and physical education and natural sciences. In addition to the eight concentrations we offer – Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Arts, Music, Language Arts (Literature, Linguistics), Performing Arts – iCLA also offers a unique Japan Studies Program, combining academic lectures with hands-on workshops. Through the latter, students acquire skills and knowledge no longer readily available such as playing traditional Japanese instruments or learning the harmonious structure of the tea ceremony. By experiencing what iCLA has to offer, students find interstices between knowledge, skill, instinct, and vision. The iCLA building and dormitories were designed by the world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Toyo Ito and are furnished with the latest technical equipment for academic instruction. The dormitories are likewise modern and elegant. Degree-seeking Japanese and international students, as well as exchange students, live together in the dormitories, while the first-floor cafeteria represents the ideal space for conversation and commonality. World-class Japanese Language and Japan Studies Programs The Japan Studies Program consists of the Japan Area Studies Program and the Japanese Language Program. Japan Area Studies courses are embedded within the liberal arts curriculum to ensure they have a strong academic base from which to teach students about Japan from a number of disciplinary perspectives. The Japan Area Studies Program is proud to host a number of workshops on Japanese tradition and martial arts taught by experts. Among those, our students can experience noh theater, koto (Japanese harp) and shakuhachi (bamboo flute), Zen Buddhism, shodō (calligraphy), sadō (tea ceremony), kadō (flower arranging), as well as aikidō, jūdō, and karate, to name a few. The Japanese Language Program offers all levels of language courses, including professional Japanese writing, newspaper reading, and public speaking. The Language Acquisition Center provides a Japanese Writing Desk Service to support Japanese and international students perfect their writing skills. 4yicla

First Year

During the first year of study at iCLA, students focus on English or Japanese-language development (for those who need it) as well as on foundation courses. A Center for International Exchange Students who are accepted to iCLA joins the community by taking residence in the student dormitories. Our dormitories house an eclectic group – degree-seeking Japanese and international students, as well as exchange students – creating a global environment that promotes international exchange. This international environment provides plenty of opportunities to practice foreign language skills, whether Japanese or English.

Second Year

During the second year, students must select a concentration from among the following currently offered: Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Arts, Music, Language Arts (Literature, Linguistics), and Performing Arts. Writing Across the Curriculum Part and parcel of the iCLA curriculum, the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) component is rooted in the belief that whole-person education entails, among others, the ability to articulate sophisticated research topics in writing across fields of study and expertise. The WAS component challenges students to develop writing and thinking skills and encourages them to synthesize various domains of knowledge encountered throughout their undergraduate studies.

Third Year

By the third year, students are expected to competently synthesize the knowledge acquired and prepare to develop their own positions in regards to their concentration and chosen topic of research. The study abroad destination plays a major role in fostering increasingly sophisticated educational opportunities. Selecting a Study Abroad Destination All iCLA students are required to study abroad two semesters. They may start their study abroad component during their second or third year of study and choose a host institution from our 45 partner universities in 33 countries where they can further develop knowledge and experience that will contribute to their studies in their area of concentration. As all iCLA study abroad programs are based on mutual tuition waiver agreements, our students get easy access to top universities around the world.

Fourth Year

In the fourth year, students complete the final requirements of their foundation courses as well as a graduation project in their concentration. Graduation Research Project Upon completing their concentration credits and accumulating a total of 124 credits, Japanese language, study abroad and all other academic requirements, students write a thesis which brings together what they have learned during their four years of study under the careful guidance of their advisor. Personalized guidance on options after graduation is also available for each student. Graduates of the iCLA will receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in International Liberal Arts.

How to apply

To apply for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Applicants are foreign nationals or Japanese with dual nationality. 2. Applicants hold or are expected to hold a high school diploma, or can demonstrate equivalent academic ability to a Japanese senior high school graduate as per Article 150 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the School Education Act. 3. (Applicable only to students from non-English-speaking countries) Applicants who can demonstrate English language proficiency with a TOEFL iBT score of 76, a TOEFL PBT score of 540, or an IELTS score of 5.5 in order to take iCLA courses in English. Application Procedure:

  1. Register and complete online application at https://ygu.applyjapan.com/.
  2. Submit all required documents (official documents and certified copies).
  3. Pay the screening fee through the online application system. (Screening fee for international students: 10,000JPY)

Screening Method: Applications are evaluated based on a comprehensive review of all documents, including the essay (Statement of Purpose), and an interview. The announcement of Results: Applicants will be contacted individually by email regarding admissions and scholarship results. For more details, please see our Application Guidelines (2016-2017) below: https://www.icla.jp/news_data/09292016FINAL.pdf

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Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Arts

Campus Full time April 2019 Japan Kofu

The course has four objectives: First, it introduces the vocabulary and concepts, principles and elements of design, color theory, and so forth, enabling an articulate discussion of art. [+]

Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Arts

Art Apprecionati

The course has four objectives: First, it introduces the vocabulary and concepts, principles and elements of design, color theory, and so forth, enabling an articulate discussion of art. Second, it introduces various types of art and artists, and their roles in society and religion, both historically and contemporarily. Third, it introduces basic studio terms and techniques used in printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, painting, etc. Fourth, it introduces concepts and methods toward making critical judgement for assaying the merits of various works of art. During the lectures, many important works of art are introduced as exemplars. However, the purpose is not to memorize famous names, rather, to learn to appreciate and evaluate all artworks, famous or not. Evaluation is through final examination and final critical essay.... [-]


Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Economics

Campus Full time April 2019 Japan Kofu

The course is divided into seven sections: (1) introduction; (2) how markets work; (3) markets and welfare; (4) economics of the public sector; (5) firm behavior and organization of industry; (6) economics of labor markets; and (7) topics for further study. [+]

Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Economics

Microeconomics

The course is divided into seven sections: (1) introduction; (2) how markets work; (3) markets and welfare; (4) economics of the public sector; (5) firm behavior and organization of industry; (6) economics of labor markets; and (7) topics for further study. Our learning is organized around the following concepts and themes: scientific method and the role of assumptions in economic analysis; understanding what economic models are and how they are used; positive versus normative analysis; market forces of demand and supply; elasticity and its applications; the efficiency of markets; the costs of taxation; international trade; various kinds of externalities; the concept of public goods; design of the tax system; costs of production; perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and monopoly; markets for factors of production; income inequality and poverty; the theory of consumer choice; and frontiers of microeconomics.... [-]


Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Language Arts (Literature, Linguistics)

Campus Full time April 2019 Japan Kofu

Introduction to Language Concepts offers students an introduction to language by viewing similarities and differences among a variety of languages from a scientific point-of-view. [+]

Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Language Arts (Literature, Linguistics)

Introduction to Language Concepts

Introduction to Language Concepts offers students an introduction to language by viewing similarities and differences among a variety of languages from a scientific point-of-view. A study of the uniqueness of human language also means looking at the human mind and the relationship of cognition to language. In this course, we will think about questions like: What is language? What does it mean to know a language? In what ways do people acquire their first language? How do they acquire additional languages? How is language unique to the human species and the evolution of human cognition and culture? How is language a kind of window into the mind? How might language influence identity?... [-]


Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Music

Campus Full time April 2019 Japan Kofu

This course serves as a broad and gentle introduction to psychoacoustics, music psychology, and musical acoustics. Relationships between the production, physics, and perception of sound, as well as similarities and differences between music and language are explored. [+]

Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Music

How We Listen to Music: Foundations of Music Perception, Cognition, and Acoustics

This course serves as a broad and gentle introduction to psychoacoustics, music psychology, and musical acoustics. Relationships between the production, physics, and perception of sound, as well as similarities and differences between music and language are explored. Phenomena such as absolute (perfect) pitch, synaesthesia, and amusia are discussed. Course activities will include lectures, readings, in-class experiments, and student presentations.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to (i) have a greater understanding of how musical instruments and the human voice operate; (ii) gain a greater awareness of musical parameters, the physical dimensions of sound, and the human auditory system; (iii) gain experience in designing and conducting basic experiments; and (iv) apply knowledge and experience obtained from this course to subsequent courses in music and related areas.... [-]


Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Performing Arts

Campus Full time April 2019 Japan Kofu

This course serves as an introduction to the theoretical, social and artistic traditions which are key to an understanding of the dramatic arts of the Western stage and screen. [+]

Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Performing Arts

Western Film & Theater

This course serves as an introduction to the theoretical, social and artistic traditions which are key to an understanding of the dramatic arts of the Western stage and screen. It will allow students access to a broad range of work, across the centuries, whilst encouraging them to think about such material as part of a greater, overall understanding of Western art/society in general.

Objectives

At the end of this course, students should be able to: (i) identify the key terms, people and traditions which are important in the history of theatre and film-making in the West, (ii) know how to access and read primary sources to adopt a critical perspective on performing art, identify the concerns and intentions of secondary sources, and develop an awareness of different approaches to make sense of such art, (iii) understand how both film and theatre is both an artistic and social construct, carrying messages that go beyond their own time or place, (iv) engage thoroughly in writing about the key moments in art history by putting forward an argument and developing it in a clear and coherent manner, and (v) learn how to articulate and refine ideas in discussions and presentations.... [-]


Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Philosophy and Religious Studies

Campus Full time April 2019 Japan Kofu

This course is an invitation to explore faraway places and distant times from a global perspective. We will study the worldwide travel of people, goods, and ideas during the last two millennia. [+]

Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Philosophy and Religious Studies

World History

This course is an invitation to explore faraway places and distant times from a global perspective. We will study the worldwide travel of people, goods, and ideas during the last two millennia. We will learn how global trade, migration, and intellectual exchange transformed the world. We will examine the arrival of new technologies and how they changed the global economy. We will also look at the rise and fall of powerful empires and the origins and aftermath of international armed conflicts. Our global approach will allow us to identify the major events in world history and assess their implications for the world we live in now.... [-]


Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Political Science

Campus Full time April 2019 Japan Kofu

This course provides the basic analytic frameworks and theories for understanding contemporary Political Science. Drawing on the great historical political philosophers, modern political theorists and empirical political scientists, the basic aspects of politics (who gets what, why, when, and how?) are explored. [+]

Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Political Science

Introduction to Political Science

This course provides the basic analytic frameworks and theories for understanding contemporary Political Science. Drawing on the great historical political philosophers, modern political theorists and empirical political scientists, the basic aspects of politics (who gets what, why, when, and how?) are explored. Special attention will be given to the major Political Science models that guide contemporary research in government, international relations and public policy.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able (i) to identify and use in an evaluative framework the significant theories and models of Political Science, (ii) to articulate the major contributions of major figures in Political Science from Plato to Rawles, (iii) to articulate in spoken or written form an argument over major policy issues using appropriate intellectual frameworks found with Political Science literature. Additionally, the students (iv) will understand the importance of effective politics and good governance for the citizens of increasingly complex societies.... [-]


Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Sociology

Campus Full time April 2019 Japan Kofu

Theories determine consciously or unconsciously our perception of reality. We can increase our knowledge of the social world by applying different theories to a certain social issue, because we will be able to see it from different perspectives. [+]

Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Sociology

Social Theory

Theories determine consciously or unconsciously our perception of reality. We can increase our knowledge of the social world by applying different theories to a certain social issue, because we will be able to see it from different perspectives. This course introduces students to the major classical and contemporary social theories. We discuss their advantages and disadvantages. And we apply these theories to relevant contemporary social problems. This is an interactive lecture-type course. Students are required to complete homework assignments prior to class, to contribute frequently to class discussions, to make a presentation, and to write a mid-term test and a final paper.... [-]


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Yamanashi Gakuin University

Address Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Website https://www.icla.jp/en/