The study of communication between different cultures necessarily involves various kinds of academic disciplines. One consists of the knowledge and skills acquired through learning a foreign language; language study is certainly the most fundamental form of communication. Another, which is new to our age, is the knowledge accrued from the visual and musical representations which, through the development of film and television culture, have become means of communication no less important than language. And in the present, language and visual representations are transmitted and received through information technology. This process is taking place in the context of an increasingly borderless international society. Therefore, information technology and the knowledge of international society are indispensable in our age.
Beginning in the 2008 academic year, the Faculty of Intercultural Communication has introduced a four-course system, consisting of “Language and Culture,”“Culture and Representation,” “Informatics, Artifacts and Transculturality,” and “International Society and Culture.” The purpose of this system is to promote a well-balanced education for young citizens of an international world.
In order to achieve practical fluency in a foreign language, thus to deepen cross-cultural understanding, all students are required to participate in the Study Abroad program. Students can choose not only from several destinations in the English-speaking world. They may also choose from a variety of other languages including German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Korean. There is also the option of a short-term one-month Study Abroad program in the United States which focuses on both information technology and practical English skills.
The Faculty also accepts foreign students who participate in the Study Japan program to deepen their understanding of Japanese history, society and culture.