In second-year seminars, students learn basic skills needed to plan their careers while taking courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.
In addition, since most second-year students are on the cusp of adulthood, guest instructors who represent companies or who are themselves experts practicing across a broad range of fields deliver lectures on topics such as the structure of contemporary society, taxation, politics, and the law.
The goal is to enable students to recognize the knowledge and skills they lack at present, to understand how professional careers are structured, and to incorporate these elements into their future educational plans.
Students can take part in Tamagawa University’s Study Abroad Experience (SAE) programs.
They can choose to take on the challenges of overseas training or study abroad, in accordance with the themes they wish to study.
Other programs enable students to take part in internships while studying foreign languages at partner universities around the world.
The College of Arts and Sciences also conducts Japanese-language teaching practice and research on Japanese-language classes (Japanese Studies Overseas) at schools including high schools and universities in Taiwan and universities in the United States.
Internships are offered during summer break and at other times in the workplaces of companies that have partnered with the College of Arts and Sciences. Ranging from two to three weeks in length, the nature of the work experience, schedules, and working hours vary from company to company. The preferred industries of individual students are surveyed before beginning internships, and internship destinations are assigned with reference to the survey results. During the internships, students keep daily records of the content of their work and their impressions. Through this experience, students are able to develop a feel for the work world while they are still students.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, which emphasizes a practical approach to learning, a broad range of courses involve fieldwork, in which students gain the knowledge and information they need to take on challenges and solve problems. They develop a true feel for situations available only in the field and experience the actual subjects of their studies in person. This approach involves a broad range of methods, including interviews and participant observation in which researchers are present at the scene to obtain information. By integrating information gained through personal experiences with textual information from literature and other sources, students improve their insight and analytical skills while broadening their perspectives. Such fieldwork takes place in locations as far away as Hokkaido, Shikoku, and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, as well as in areas near the University’s campus and the greater Tokyo area. The campus is not the only place where students can learn.
Students decide on a major at the end of Semester 3. They learn basic research methods through practical and advanced courses associated with each major. They may also elect to pursue projects on any topic that interests them and present the results during the University’s Cosmos Festival. For example, a student majoring in Japanese Studies may present a video that integrates stage performance or other forms of expression featuring elements of Japanese culture, such as traditional festivals or fireworks.