Based on Christian ideals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Christian University (ICU) aims to educate individuals to serve God and humankind as critical, responsible, and peace-building global citizens. Following from its threefold mission as an academic, Christian and international institution, the university grants a Bachelor of Arts diploma to those who have attained the following abilities by completing academic requirements in the arts and sciences.
- Ability to learn creatively while strengthening his/her academic foundation and forming an independent plan as a self-motivated scholar
- Ability to learn in both Japanese and English and to use those languages to communicate with people from around the world
- Ability to identify and resolve problems with a foundation in critical thinking that can be directed at him/herself and others
- Ability to bring together diverse knowledge, whether it stems from the sciences or the humanities, and to put such knowledge to use in real-world situations
- Ability to effectively express ideas in both oral communication and the written word
Based on its objectives and mission, ICU's curriculum cultivates the skills outlined in its diploma policy.
ICU believes in "later specialization," a feature of liberal arts education which allows students more time to study a variety of subjects before deciding on a major. Students choose courses, many offered in small classes, according to their individual needs with help from faculty.
The curriculum consists of college-wide and specialized courses. College-wide courses are for language study, general education courses and physical education. Based on our policy of bilingualism, students take language courses in their freshman and sophomore year (English for Liberal Arts for April students and Japanese Language Program for September students). In addition to language proficiency, these courses provide training in academic skills such as thesis writing and discussion to enhance competence in critical thinking and communication. World Language courses provide instruction in languages other than Japanese and English. They provide students with the opportunity to explore unfamiliar cultures and thinking in order to nurture a broad perspective. General education courses form the core of the liberal arts curriculum: the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. Based on their experience in these courses students are able to choose their major. In addition, they acquire the tools necessary to approach their chosen field from various perspectives. Physical education cultivates students' holistic growth by helping them enhance their physical, mental and moral well-being. These college-wide courses enable students to develop flexible thinking backed by the opportunity to explore diverse cultures and perspectives.
Having built a firm academic foundation with their general education courses, students narrow down their interests by choosing a major from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences by the end of their sophomore year. Intermediate and advanced courses offer a deep-learning experience through seminars and experiments in small classes. Students can choose from interdisciplinary majors, as well as single, double and major/minor arrangements, which allow them to explore several different fields at the same time. Seniors use the three terms of their last year in the College to write a thesis on a theme of their choice. Through this exercise in composing and presenting academic research, students bring together what they have learned in their undergraduate studies.
Founded on the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ICU aims to cultivate "responsible global citizens" who will contribute to world peace and to help people from diverse backgrounds live together harmoniously. ICU has been a pioneer in liberal arts education in Japan since its founding in 1953, pursuing, as its name suggests, international, Christian, and academic missions. In order to realize this vision and meet challenges in the rapidly changing global community, ICU seeks students from Japan and the world possessing the following qualities:
- Intellectual curiosity and creativity that transcend disciplinary boundaries
- Sound judgment based on powers of logical, critical thinking
- Global communication skills necessary for dialogue with people from cultural and linguistic backgrounds
- Self-motivated individuals who identify, solve, and engage real world problems
Our goal is to admit, irrespective of nationality, students who have studied a wide range of subjects with the core competencies to integrate basic knowledge and foreign language skills for doing liberal arts.
ICU offers a variety of admissions and assessment procedures in order to enroll students who seek to change both themselves and the world.