Since the foundation of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1951, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Komaba has been quick to introduce courses transcending traditional disciplines, such as international relations. Recognizing current societal demands, as well as a response to the changing times, the Faculty implemented an audacious reshuffling of its departments in 2011. The new Faculty of Arts and Sciences is comprised of three departments: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences, and Department of Integrated Sciences. The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, which focuses on the areas of humanities, is composed of three courses: Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Area Studies and Social and International Relations. The Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences, which covers fields that integrate arts and sciences, comprises four courses: Science and Technology Studies, Geography and Design Sciences, Informatics, and Earth Systems and Energy Sciences. The Department of Integrated Sciences, which centers on the sciences, consists of four courses and one sub-course: Mathematical Sciences, Matter and Material Sciences, Integrated Life Sciences, Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, and the Sports Sciences Sub-course. Each department provides a unique and distinctive education.
Also, in October 2012, the College of Arts and Sciences started an all-English degree program called PEAK (Programs in English at Komaba). Students from all over the world enter the program as first-year students through an admissions process resembling that of western countries. They are enrolled in the International General Education Program during their two years in the Junior Division, after which they choose to go on to either the International Program on Japan in East Asia or the International Program on Environmental Sciences for their Senior Division course. Students who entered the University through the traditional examination method may also advance to a Senior Division PEAK program as long as they meet certain requirements.
Because the College of Arts and Sciences features a large number of academic staff members who carry out research in a variety of fields, many of the Faculty’s classes are provided under ideal low student-to-teacher ratios. The humanities-related department offers courses that cover many foreign languages, enabling students to acquire a global perspective that does not bias them toward a particular region. For languages that are regarded as being of particular importance, the department provides advanced courses which help students to obtain a high level of language ability. The goal of this department is to cultivate talented individuals who can communicate effectively in the international community and come up with flexible ideas that go beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines.
The sciences-related department offers unique educational programs not limited to one specific discipline. Students can learn technical knowledge and insight that extends across more than one area. They can then use what they learned as a foundation for endeavoring into more advanced disciplines.
The interdisciplinary department intends to foster talented people who can handle new challenges from comprehensive viewpoints. These people will be able to utilize appropriate methodologies and flexible ways of thinking that are not strictly limited to either the humanities or the sciences.
In addition, the Faculty offers cross-disciplinary programs that do not fit into any of the fields covered by the abovementioned departments, including the Global Ethics, Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience, Barrier-free (Universal Access) Studies, and Science Interpreter Training Programs.
As can be seen, the defining characteristics of the Senior Division of the College of Arts and Sciences lie in the variety of programs and learning methods the College offers to encourage students to go beyond disciplinary borders.
Departments of the Senior Division
Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
Social and International Relations
Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences
Science and Technology Studies
Geography and Design Sciences
Earth Systems and Energy Sciences
Department of Integrated Sciences
Matter and Materials Sciences
Integrated Life Sciences
Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences
Sports Sciences Sub-course
Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience
Science Interpreter Training Program