School of International Liberal StudiesWaseda University

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Curriculum

SILS Three-Stage Curriculum

Today’s international community needs individuals with a unique skill set: cross-culturally competent, with a big-picture view of society, an ability to independently define the issues facing the world, and the leadership necessary to implement solutions. SILS is working to develop just these multifaceted individuals, who are capable of producing beyond borders, in virtually any field of endeavor. With this in mind, the school eschews specialization and builds on the generalist roots of a strong liberal education. In addition to its year-long study abroad program, SILS offers a robust, wide-ranging general education, designed to cultivate a multidimensional outlook, logical thinking abilities, high ethical awareness, international sensibility and superior language skills.

The four-year SILS course of study consists of spring and fall sessions each year, eight semesters in all.

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year
1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester 4th Semester 5th Semester 6th Semester 7th Semester 8th Semester
Study Themes Developing Basic Study Themes Studying Abroad (Optional) In-depth Research in Selected Areas
Students select introductory courses in a variety of fields, exploring general interests rather than specialized areas, and discovering the educational themes they wish to research in more depth. At this stage students learn techniques of English academic composition in depth, in parallel with their work on Japanese language acquisition. The early curriculum also focuses on the study of statistics, fundamental to contemporary literacy. Students may choose to continue their education at Waseda University, or spend this year studying abroad. In either event, the courses they pursue at this time will form the basis for more specialized learning from the seventh semester forward. Students take advanced classes and seminars. Building on their studies to this point, they develop greater awareness of issues in fields of personal interest and research these areas more intensely and in greater depth.

Note

The table for Study Plan 2 (for native speakers of languages other than Japanese) is based on September admission. For students admitted in April, Semester 4 and Semester 5 comprise the one-year study abroad period.

Two Study Plans- Based on the Student’s Native Language

Study Plan 2
Curriculum Designed for Native Speakers of Languages Other than Japanese

Study Plan 2 (SP2) is based on a curriculum geared to students whose first language is not Japanese. Operating from the premise that most incoming students cannot yet sufficiently communicate using the Japanese language, SP2 gives learners the opportunity to master Japanese from whatever level they begin, at the same time they are progressing with their regular English coursework. By graduation, the program has effectively guided participants to fluency in conversational Japanese, as well as sufficient written composition, reading and listening comprehension skills. The SP2 Japanese program also includes support for students pursuing Level 1 certification in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and/or employment in Japan.

Credits earned by an SP2 student (native speaker of a language other than Japanese) enrolled in September

Category Fundamental Courses Specialized Courses Electives
33 credits 54 credits 37 credits
Type Language
Courses
Statistics Seminars Lectures Fundamental
Courses
Courses Japanese Introductory
Statistics
1st Year
Seminar
Introductory
Courses
Specialized Courses
English Intermediate
Seminar
Intermediate
Courses
Open Courses
Other Foreign Languages Advanced
Seminar
Advanced
Courses
Courses of Other Departments
Directed Studies for
Senior Thesis
Courses Taken during Overseas Study Program
Credits 31 2 14 40 37
Credit Requirement for Graduation 124 credits

Study Plan 1
Curriculum Designed for Native Speakers of Japanese

Rigorous coursework and a year studying abroad develop internationally competitive individuals qualified to take on the world Study Plan 1 (SP1) is based on a curriculum developed for students whose first language is Japanese. Since SILS educational goals include fostering individuals with the ability to think logically, present persuasively, and compete on the international stage, the SP1 curriculum features a program to bolster students’ English skills, enhance their capability to absorb knowledge from the latest overseas literature and communicate at a world-class level. In addition, SP1 students are generally required to spend a year studying outside Japan.

Credits earned by an SP1 student (native Japanese speaker) enrolled in April

Category Fundamental Courses Specialized Courses Electives
17 credits 60 credits 47 credits
Type Language
Courses
Statistics Seminars Lectures Fundamental
Courses
Courses English Introductory
Statistics
1st Year
Seminar
Introductory
Courses
Specialized Courses
Other Foreign
Languages
Intermediate
Seminar
Intermediatee
Courses
Overseas Study
Preparatory Course
Advanced
Seminar
Advanced
Courses
Open Courses
Directed Studies for
Senior Thesis
Courses of Other Departments
Courses Taken during Overseas Study Program
Credits 15 2 20 40 47
Credit Requirement for Graduation 124 credits

Four-Year Study Plan

Four-year study plan for an SP1 student

Classification No. of credits necessary for graduation 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
1st sem. 2nd sem. 3rd sem. 4th sem. 5th sem. 6th sem. 7th sem. 8th sem.
Language English Ⅰ Reading 2 1 1
English Ⅰ Listening 2 1 1
English Ⅱ 4 2 2
English Ⅲ Level 1~3 3 2 1
Other Foreign Languages 4 4
Seminar First Seminar Ⅰ A・B 4 2×2
First Seminar Ⅱ A・B 4 2×2
Intermediate Seminar 2 2
Advanced Seminar/
Directed Studies for Senior Thesis(*1)
10 2 2 2
4
Statistics Introductory Statistics 2 2
Lecture Introductory 8 8
Intermediate 16 16
Advanced 16 16
Elective Elective 47 47(including credits earned during your stay at a university overseas)
Total(Standard) 124 (17) (17) (16) (28) (16) (16) (14)
Maximum allowable number of credits(*2) 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20

*The above chart is a model. As long as you fulfill the graduation requirements, you do not have to follow the above chart.
*1)”Advanced Seminar” and “Directed Studies for Senior Thesis” are not compulsory courses.
*2)Credits of voluntary courses are not included.
If you study abroad program ends in your 6th semester or if you have applied for early graduation, the semester you should start taking Advanced Seminar and the number of semesters you should take it, will be different.

Four-year study plan for an SP2 student

Classification No. of credits necessary for graduation 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
1st sem. 2nd sem. 3rd sem. 4th sem. 5th sem. 6th sem. 7th sem. 8th sem.
Language Japanese 24 6 6 6 6
English Ⅲ 3 2 1
Other Foreign Languages 4 4
Seminar First Seminar Ⅰ 2 2
First Seminar Ⅱ 2 2
Intermediate Seminar 2 2
Advanced Seminar/
Directed Studies for Senior Thesis(*1)
10 2 2 2
4
Statistics Introductory Statistics 2 2
Lecture Introductory 8 8
Intermediate 16 16
Advanced 16 16
Elective Elective 35 35(including credits earned during your stay at a university overseas)
Total(Standard) 124 (17) (17) (16) (16) (28) (16) (14)
Maximum allowable number of credits(*2) 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20

*The above chart is a model. As long as you fulfill the graduation requirements, you do not have to follow the above chart.
*1)”Advanced Seminar” and “Directed Studies for Senior Thesis” are not compulsory courses.
*2)Credits of voluntary courses are not included.
If you study abroad program ends in your 6th semester or if you have applied for early graduation, the semester you should start taking Advanced Seminar and the number of semesters you should take it, will be different.

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