1. Waseda-style Academic Literacy– Essential Skills for University Students
To build the basic skills essential to university study in all disciplines, the GEC offers courses in the following subjects: English (General Tutorial English, etc.), Academic Writing (How to Write Academic Prose, etc.), Mathematics (Math Basics Plus α: Interest, etc.), Date Science (Statistical Literacy α, etc.), and Information Science (Introduction to Information Representation for Computers and Networks). These courses not only lay the groundwork for more advanced studies in various specialties but also develop skills essential to success in the world of work.
2. Liberal Arts Education– Ingredients for a Full Life
The GEC offers a rich and varied program of Liberal Arts Education designed to acquaint students with the kind of diverse learning and culture one expects of “global human resources.” It encompasses interdisciplinary courses addressing key issues facing contemporary society, courses examining Waseda University’s history and traditions, International Education, Volunteer Education, Career Education, and Health and Physical Education, along with the sort of cutting-edge courses only a comprehensive, globally connected, wide-ranging research university like Waseda can offer. The curriculum is designed to stimulate students’ interest in scholarship and the world around them and develop life skills geared to tomorrow’s world.
In addition to lecture courses and seminars, the Liberal Arts program actively incorporates opportunities for hands-on learning oriented to practical problem solving, including internships and training courses in Japan and overseas and Professional Workshops for Academic Credit offered in collaboration with the business community. Through our partnership with industry and the public sector, we bring top innovators and leaders in the world of business, government, arts and media, and science to speak on campus and offer a selection of Chair Courses designed to expose students to current topics, knowledge, and real-life examples in every sector.
3. Foreign Language Education– Your Passport to the World
The GEC’s English-language courses aim to develop not only the four basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening but also the ability to think and cooperate with others in English. Our three-step English curriculum offers students the opportunity to master “English one can use,” as essential communication tool in today’s global society.
In addition to English, the GEC’s wide-ranging Foreign Language Courses offers instruction in more than 20 languages. From Tutorial Chinese, where students can learn in small classes geared to any proficiency level, to courses in German, French, Italian, Korean, and even such seldom-taught languages as Basque and Ainu, the Foreign Language program equips students with the language skills they need to study abroad, conduct university-level research, and pursue rewarding careers after graduation.
4. Minor System–Expanding Your Possibilities
Under the Minor System, undergraduate students can earn a certificate of completion in a minor concentration by systematically completing a cluster of University-Wide Open Courses geared to a particular theme, at the same time that they are fulfilling the requirements of their major by completing a course of study within their own undergraduate school. The University offers minors in a wide variety of relevant, cutting-edge topics and emerging fields of study. By taking advantage of this system, students can expand their horizons and their possibilities, whether by learning about new applications of their major discipline or by plunging into a brand new field.