Elective courses and workshops supplement your major throughout your four years at iCLA, providing the width, flexibility and interdisciplinary nature of true liberal arts education. Electives can be chosen from any of the majors, or from our area studies courses in:
As an international student you have the opportunity to reach a high level of proficiency in Japanese by the time you graduate, even if you join iCLA with little or no Japanese language ability. Courses are divided into three levels: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced. Our students are able to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture while discussing various cultural and social topics in Japanese. We also offer preparatory courses for the highest levels of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) levels N2 and N1.
To create a more informed, advanced and equitable society, tomorrow’s leaders must be trained in understanding, assimilating, interpreting and communicating information within the medium of data. With an emphasis on enhancing the knowledge you acquire in your major area of study, you can gain practical know-how of statistical data, programming and analytic methods. iCLA’s Data Science course first facilitates your understanding of various data forms, then teaches you to communicate meaning via the skills of data visualization, summarizing and the critical analysis of data patterns. If you wish to pursue a career or higher degree in data science you can enroll in our advanced courses in machine learning and deep learning. The field of data science is fuel for the 21st century, allowing those informed to access a lucrative career and directly participate in changing the world.
These courses aim to develop your understanding of social and cultural identity, and how we have evolved to interact as groups and organizations with societies and culture. In those courses, students examine the evidence and factors that have influenced our behavior from ancient times through to the modern to form conclusions about social phenomena. They also develop basic skills in the scientific method of social research and can identify sociological terms, concepts, ideas, and theories, in fields such as archeology, linguistics, the creation of folklore and myth, modern public policy, and social enterprise and innovation. Taking advantage of iCLA’s proximity to Mt Fuji, students can attend field trips to study the archeology and folklore of one of Japan’s most important cultural and spiritual sites firsthand. These courses act as a pathway to further education, training, and employment for careers in which an understanding of the behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions is a key element, such as human resources, education, health and community work, journalism, and media studies.
Quantitative Reasoning & Natural Sciences
In conjunction with our Data Science subject area, these courses nurture scientific inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning to provide the mathematical background required for programming. Our courses in Mathematics emphasize the development of mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills. You gain an understanding of fundamental, numerical, and quantitative skills and their application to everyday life. The focus will be on applying basic mathematical concepts to solve real-world problems, and to develop skills in interpreting and working with data in order that you become able to function effectively as a professional and engaged citizen. The course on Earth Science examines planet earth, its nature in terms of its interactions and exchanges between atmosphere, land, living things and physical laws.
Health & Physical Education
The iCLA Courses in Health & Physical Education include three martial arts, Aikido, Judo, and Karate, as well as Nanba: the Japanese Art of Physical Finesse, and Shugendo: Mountain Shamanism. All of our Health and Physical Education Courses are closely connected to Japanese culture, and emphasize integrating the mind and body. Each course is taught by an experienced Master of the discipline, all with international recognition. We have a beautiful Dojo at iCLA, and access to some of the best athletic facilities in Japan on the Yamanashi Gakuin University Campus.
Cultural and Artistic Workshops
Experiential learning workshops offer unique opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a range of cultural, practical and creative areas of study. The Interdisciplinary Arts and Japan Studies majors feature workshops within their relevant disciplines. Among the huge variety of workshops offered at iCLA students can experience traditional Japanese music, arts and culture such as Noh Theater, Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and Koto (Japanese harp), Sado (tea ceremony), Kado (flower arranging), and various Japanese martial arts to name but a few.