Why do all ICU students take an “Introduction to Christianity” course?
The General Education Course, Introduction to Christianity, is ICU's only college-wide mandatory course. Because all students take the course, it is offered in both Japanese and English. ICU's Introduction to Christianity aims to have students understand the basics of Christianity, consider its ideological significance and issues, and perceive Christianity in relation to other religions and cultures. This course could be described as the embodiment of ICU's founding ideals.
These are learning goals of the course as described in one syllabus.
What is Christianity for me? This course expects students to express their understanding in convincing words, whether it be affirmative or doubtful. This also means to ask how we can respond to the ideological challenges that Christianity poses in the modern world. In this course, students will be evaluated not on their faith or on how much knowledge of Christianity they gained, but on their ability to think critically and to apply their knowledge to solving problems.