Sophia University

Academics Faculty of Foreign Studies

Faculty of Foreign Studies

Faculty of Foreign Studies

Modern Society is getting ever more globalized, and this indicates that it is also growing progressively more diversified and multifaceted. Our faculty embraces as its academic objective the viewing of the world from a multidimensional standpoint, and the analysis of roles played by nations, regions, and areas such as the European Union, all of which constitute our globalized world. Our curriculum incorporates a wide-rangingstudyof languages, since they constitute a vital tool of communication, and we seek to equip our students with the ability to think freely and creatively. An appropriate grasp of languages relevant to the situation constitutes the rationale of foreign studies. Accordingly, our faculty offers our students practical training in languages, and seeks to nurture their linguistic skills. Based on the language of their choice, students select a particular field of specialization from a diversity of choices. These may be either the structure and role of languages, or thestudy of society, politics, economics, history, or foreign diplomacy, or the culture of a nation or region. This choice is made on the basis of where that particular language is spoken, and having made their choice, the students proceed to probe the diplomatic and other issues that confront our global society. By means such as these our faculty aims to develop suitable human resources, individuals who will contribute to the world either as researchers or other professionals. Our goal is not merely that our students acquire expertise in languages. Rather, we seek to enable them to use these languages as tools in the understanding of issues such as the universality of mankind and heterogeneity of the world, and thereby assist them in communicating with others, for the creation of a better world. The nurturing of human resources such as these, constitutes our mission

Department of English Studies

The department offers a curriculum designed to help students gain practical proficiency in English necessary for global cross-cultural communication and develop expertise in a field of foreign studies of their choice.

In view of the importance of English proficiency adequate for various occasions where English is on the foreground such as international conferences, and business transactions, emphasis is put on the practice of discussion, debate and presentations in class with a view to developing students' ability to negotiate mutual agreement through the process of arguing one's own position while giving due regard to different opinions.

Our goal is to help students become citizens of the world who can communicate with the modern world and contribute to international society.

To achieve this goal, the students will endeavor to enhance their English proficiency and pursue their specialty studies in one of the seven specialized fields including “English studies,” “American studies,” and “England and English-speaking countries.”

Department of German Studies

The department offers a curriculum to equip students with German-language ability and conduct interdisciplinary research on various problems in German-speaking countries. The department aims to develop human resources who contribute to the globalized world with advanced communication skills and expertise.

Native German speaking teachers and Japanese teachers cooperate to provide effective and intensive language education. Students will learn conversation, listening, grammar, reading and writing in a comprehensive manner. Students are expected to master basic uses of the German language in the first and the second years and obtain more advanced skills necessary for deeper communication in the third and the fourth years.

On the basis of German language ability, students will learn about German-speaking society and the wider European society. The department also provides a wide range of courses to study languages, philosophy, politics, history, culture, media and issues that German speaking society faces.

Department of French Studies

The academic purpose of the department is to study France and Europe from multifaceted perspectives on the basis of advanced French language ability and communication skills. Students will learn about France and its leading role in the EU from various angles including history, society, philosophy, literature, language and the arts. The department aims to develop human resources with expertise in French studies and cross-cultural understanding. The course provides intensive training on communication skills in French in the first and second years and then more specialized courses on philosophy, history, literature, politics and sociology in relation to modern French society, political and cultural trends in Europe.

The department provides students with opportunities to pursue a study area of their interest through small-sized tutorials that enable closer interactions.

Department of Hispanic Studies

The department offers a curriculum to equip students with comprehensive understanding of Hispanic regions including Spain and Latin America on the basis of solid Spanish language abilities. The department offers a wide range of courses including language, literature, history, arts, economics and society, enabling students to pursue their individual area of interest and competence. These so called “regional studies” stress language abilities because a language underlies thought and values of people who speak it and thus it is essential to master the language in order to understand the culture. In this course, Japanese teachers and native Spanish speaking teachers collaborate to educate students to obtain adequate Spanish language abilities.

On the basis of this, students are expected to develop an ability to gather information from various sources in Spanish in addition to information from sources in English. The department aims to produce professionals with expertise in foreign diplomacy, business, international cooperation, academic research, utilizing their Spanish language abilities and firsthand information from Hispanic regions.

Department of Russian Studies

Our curriculum is designed to equip our students with comprehensive knowledge of Russia and Eurasia on top of solid Russian language skills. The department aims to develop human resources who contribute to global society and high-caliber researchers in the field.

An intensive training on Russian language is offered in the first and the second years with collaboration between Japanese teachers and Russian teachers. In the third and fourth years, a wide range of specialized courses in arts and social studies are offered and students can choose from those various lectures and practical trainings depending on the area of their interest. In particular, the department is committed in providing education to master practical uses of the Russian language, and offers a variety of classes in Russian interpretation and Russian translation (Russian to Japanese). It also offers classes in Russian literature and linguistics as well as courses in the Russian and Eurasian area studies.

Department of Luso-Brazilian Studies

The academic purpose of the department is to develop in our students understanding of Portuguese speaking areas and countries including Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, East Timor and Cape Verde. Through the course, students are expected to gain a broad understanding and multidimensional perspectives. Learning about Portuguese speaking society which was cultivated by Portuguese pioneers during the Age of Exploration helps in understanding today’s world. In order to achieve its academic purpose, the department focuses on education to master the Portuguese language, and takes a multidimensional approach from culture, society, history, politics and economics. In addition, it introduces a “specialized field of study” and offers a curriculum to develop expertise in each specialized area. The department aims to develop human resources who contribute to the world across borders.

Department of Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of language and the cognitive nature of human being. Language enables us to conduct free and creative thinking and supports all sorts of mental and social activities. In this sense, the study of language is nothing but a pursuit of the nature of humanity. The academic purpose of the department is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge of modern linguistics and an ability to analyze human language and the human mind scientifically. In accordance with this purpose, the department offers a comprehensive program ,which includes basic theory, application and practice. Close collaboration with the Master’s/Doctoral Program in Linguistics and Sophia Linguistic Institute for International Communication is one of the important features of the department. Students will learn from the various courses the basic theory of modern linguistics, language teaching method, and practical interpretation and translation depending on their individual purposes. Through our curriculum, students are expected to obtain an ability to analyze themselves objectively, and to study human language and mind with logical and analytical thinking. The department aims to develop human resources with strong motivations for the significant investigations of mental and social activities of humans, backed up by the deep understanding of the scientific study of this remarkable human capacity.

Department of International Relations

This department aims to develop in our students a broad vision through interdisciplinary study of international relations and global society. The curriculum covers diplomacy, politics, history, and society, as well as more specific problems regarding conflicts, development, poverty, democratization, and civil society. The department's offerings include a wide range from introductory to more specialized courses. In particular, through active debate and dialogue with other students and faculty in seminars and guidance on their graduation thesis, students can deepen their understanding of international society and obtain an interdisciplinarity that emphasizes intellectual openness. The department aims to foster human resources with advanced foreign language skills and a flexible and global perspective who can work in international institutions and NGOs, as well as the Japanese government and private firms.

Department of Asian Cultures

The department takes responsibility of the area studies of Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. Our academic purpose is to equip students with abilities to analyze the future possibilities of the respective area through teaching history and various current issues based on the discipline of area studies. Students are expected to assimilate knowledge accumulated through the long standing, multidimensional and community-based researches on the area by our teaching staff. The course encourages students to acquire language abilities spoken in Asia as well as obtaining comprehensive understanding of the area. The department collaborates with the Master’s and the Doctoral Program in Area Studies. Institute of Asian Cultures also supports the education of the department. We aim to develop human resources that can take positive approaches towards the improvement of people’s livelihood in Asia.