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A Frontrunner in International and Liberal Arts Education in a Global Age

The Faculty of Liberal Arts has been offering quality international education in English in Japan for over fifty years. We are a diverse and cosmopolitan community of scholars and students brought together in Yotsuya to pursue knowledge and skills that go beyond the confines of a single country or language.

The spirit of our education lies in a holistic approach to training the hearts and minds of our students. In the FLA, students begin their college career with vital training in critical thinking and writing in the Core Program before they select one of the three majors: Comparative Culture, Social Studies, and International Business and Economics. We believe that a firm foundation and a diversity of disciplinary training and thinking will foster a deep understanding of the self in connection to the world we inhabit and share.

In addition to encouraging our students to develop advanced language skills and proficiency in intercultural communication, we nurture individuals with global competency to play active roles in international organizations, multinational enterprises, and other globally and locally active organizations.

Above all, we encourage students to think about what it means to be a socially responsible and caring citizen in a global age by reflecting on the Sophia motto, “for Others, with Others.” We are all interconnected and interdependent in this world, and the FLA endeavors to instill in our global education the hope and spirit of sharing our knowledge and skills with others to make this world a better place for all.

A Message from the Dean to All FLA Students
May you carry the Sophia spirit and share the light and love with everyone you touch.
Angela Yiu, Ph.D.
Faculty of Liberal Arts

Welcome and welcome back to new and returning students of the FLA in Japan and the rest of the world! And warm greetings to all the parents and guarantors who made it possible for our students to start a new semester. While we still must take the utmost care to protect ourselves and others, we are happy to enjoy campus life and human fellowship. The Sophia Spirit is embodied in our school emblem Lux Veritatis (The Light of Truth) and our motto For Others, With Others. Lux Veritatis speaks to our intellect for us to exercise critical thinking to seek light and justice as we encounter darkness and injustice in the world. For Other, With Others appeals to our hearts and compassion for us to share our good fortune and privilege with those who are less fortunate. The liberal arts education at the FLA trains our mind to see the light and nurtures our soul to give and share. May you carry the Sophia spirit and share the light and love with everyone you touch.