In the contemporary world, communication and the interchange of information takes place on a global scale. Within this global milieu of information exchange, culture thrives through networks of internal and external links, forming a complex, multi-faceted cultural modality. An education for living, working, and thinking critically within the world of new cultural formations is essential. This education for the future is the goal of the School of Culture, Media and Society, which founded in 2007. To that end, a Program for the 21st Century, comprising six theoretical configurations, has been constructed. Coming from the long tradition of education in the arts and sciences, as developed at Waseda University over its 120-year history, an educational program to address contemporary problems and to provide a path towards the future will be established.
|Culture, Media and Society
||Bachelor of Arts in Literature
With comprehensiveness, originality, and a systematic curriculum, combined with the university-wide educational and social environments of Waseda University, we offer students opportunities to experience the values of intellectual, cultural and linguistic exchanges so that they can take the initiative in making contributions to the global community.
Philosophies and Goals of the School
- We explore cultural manifestations and structures, analyze representations, create literature, and discuss the nature of human beings and society in order to conceive cultures suitable for new eras.
- We apply the wisdom of cultural studies to the issues of the present day and daringly transcend the bounds of existing academic disciplines, favoring interdisciplinary approaches to learning.
Policy of Student Education
- We help students gain a broad range of knowledge necessary to thrive in a period of increasingly complex, multi-faceted cultural modalities, in which the interchange of people and information takes place globally.
- We help students develop the ability to dynamically conceive a new cultural worlds with a flexible and rich imagination.
- First-year students need to acquire the basic studying and research methodologies necessary for undertaking future coursework, by developing academic literacy through first-year seminars and learning foreign language.
- Second-year students, upon fulfillment of the relevant requirements, are promoted to one of six theoretical configurations. In order to undertake interdisciplinary approaches, students take lectures and foreign language classes from among a group of Core Subjects, shared with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. They also proceed with their coursework, mainly through the semester seminars of their theoretical configurations.
- Third-year and fourth-year students need to complete either two years of study in a small-class seminar group or conduct individual research for graduation under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor. In the former case, students pursue their studies in a collaborative learning environment, where they work hard by competing with each other, and complete their four years of study by submitting a seminar thesis. In the latter case, students pursue their studies under a learning assistance system tailored for their own working style and complete their four years of study by submitting a bachelor’s thesis.
Under the educational policy of “The Independence of Learning,” Waseda University admits a large number of domestic and international students who have a superior level of basic academic ability, a healthy intellectual curiosity, an enterprising spirit (one of the educational philosophies of the university), and high motivation to study. Our school particularly requests prospective students to have following qualities and abilities.
- Prospective students need to be eager to work hard for a degree with an understanding of our philosophies and goals: to “explore cultural manifestations and structures, analyze representations, create literature, and discuss the nature of human beings and society in order to conceive cultures suitable for new eras” and “apply the wisdom of cultural studies to the issues of the present day and daringly transcend the bounds of existing academic disciplines, favoring interdisciplinary approaches to learning.”
- Prospective students need to have a certain level of basic academic ability to complete their studies after admission with an understanding of our curriculum ranging from foundation-level to specialty courses. They also need to have accumulated a broad range of academic knowledge and experience before their entry into our school.