LIBERAL ARTS AVAILABLE TO ALL UNDERGRADUATES
Dean of Center of Liberal Arts and Science
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
The faculty members of the Center of Liberal Arts and Sciences are mainly in charge of the education for the freshman students. The specific curriculum is divided into four categories: basic natural sciences including mathematics, physics, and chemistry, humanities such as philosophy and psychology, English courses to foster the practical English proficiency as the basic communication skill in this international age, and health and physical education in which efforts are made to support the super-aging society. In addition, the teacher-training course and the curriculum related to the local industry research are offered by the Center. The latter is peculiar to this university.
Recently, the need for liberal arts education has been regathering attention. The fundamental competencies for working persons, advocated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is composed of three factors: "ability to take action," "thinking power" and "power to work in a team," which are necessary to survive in society. Liberal arts education is essential for development of human resources.
The introduction of data science education is currently under consideration at the Center of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is examining the possibility to enhance mathematical and data science education around the country. In this modern age of AI and big data, Japan is in urgent need of training the man power which can make use of the data and provide the necessary information for decision-making. In the near future, the system for the basic data science education will be employed here.