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Department of British and American Studies


Nagoya University of Foreign Studies’ Department of British and American Studies has been reorganized as a program with three courses.
The Department of British and American Studies is comprised of three courses: the British and American Studies Course, where students learn about the cultures, literatures, societies, and other features of the English cultural area; the English Communication Course, focused on improving communication skills; and the English Education Course, which cultivates comprehensive human abilities to develop specialists in English-language education. This department’s educational philosophy is a thorough dedication to world-class English-language education, liberal arts education, communication education, and human education. According to their interests, students can choose from these courses that share the department’s common goal of further improving the four language competencies (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) at an advanced level.

People who have language skills armed with deep knowledge and expertise will be a driving force in international society.

We now live in a society without borders as people, information and financial resources rapidly move around the world. English is indispensable in all fields and industries, as English has become the official language of international institutions, business and trading, and the main language of communication in the areas of science and technology. Society now has a ceaseless need for global human resources with not only a good command of the English language, but with the ability to find the appropriate solutions to problems in business and in the international arena. Everything you need in order to get there is concentrated into the four-year program in the Department of British and American Studies.

People who have language skills as well as the ability to think critically with broad knowledge is what lies beneath a strong power of persuasion.

Language is a tool to promote mutual understanding and the improvement of language skills is not the final objective. Through structured and logical thinking, developing the ability to obtain deep knowledge and expertise is one of the keys to success in international society. It is no exaggeration to say that for students to reach such a level is the objective for studying in the Department of British and American Studies.

One of the characteristics of the department are small classes, divided by proficiency level, along with specialized seminars and individual guidance, which allow students to build comprehensive language skills which enable them to think, discuss, and give presentations in English while capturing the essence of the topics they study.

Satisfaction with the language skills gained through a world-class English education system and study abroad programs is not the only aim. It is also important to gain real knowledge and expertise from the world and to be able to think critically. With the essential communication skills cultivated through deep learning as a basis, we want our students to display their talents on the world stage.

Introduction of Courses

All courses have the common educational philosophy of a thorough dedication to world-class English-language education, liberal arts education, communication education, and human education. According to their interests, students can choose from these courses that share the department’s common goal of further improving the four language competencies (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) at an advanced level.

British and American Studies Course

Students learn about the languages, literatures, fine arts, societies, and other features of the English-speaking world (centered on North America, the United Kingdom, and Oceania). They master an intellectual way of thinking that enables deep exploration of the ways of thinking and behaviors of people with different cultural and social backgrounds.

English Communication Course

This course perceives communication phenomena—referring to mutual understanding in exchanges of information through the medium of worlds—in a multifaceted way. Students learn skills related to information transmission and reception, mastering practical English-language skills to flexibly cope with the rapidly transforming information society.

English Education Course

Based on human skills, English-language skills, and teaching skills, students master the abilities needed to become English-language instructors in the global era (including international understanding abilities). They learn the latest English teaching methods in English, and take part in a highly unique Japanese/international training program including internships in the education field.

For more information about the Department of British and American Studies

The Department of British and American Studies has their own departmental website. For more information, please visit the website.

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