“Three-part plan” on education

In order to increase understanding of our institution, in 2016 Tohoku Gakuin University revised the following “three-part plan” which outlines (1) the principles underlying the type of students we seek to graduate; (2) the educational programs employed to this end; and (3) the types of students we seek to attract. Part (1) of this plan is as follows.

Policy for Granting Degrees

TGU grants a bachelor’s degree to students who hav e gained the required number of credits in the academic department to which they belong and who have fulfilled the following criteria.

1. Able to think critically about how to live a good life in the modern world according to the teachings of Christianity.

Our students can understand how the message of the Bible is relevant today, and can explain their own understanding of how to live a good life in our society.

2. Able to utilize generally applicable skills and English skills for intellectual activities.

Our students can acquire and utilize generally applicable skills (e.g.communication skills, logical and critical thinking skills, information literacy, mathematical and scientific literacy) which form the basis of intellectual activities.

3. Able to show an awareness of the world from various perspectives and to understand a variety of different views, ideas, and values.

Our students can show an awareness of their own identity and of the world around them from various perspectives in terms of history, society, nature, and other key areas. They can demonstrate their ability to discern different perspectives, values, and ways of thinking.

4. Able to demonstrate technical knowledge within their major field of study, and to show their understanding of this knowledge and related methods of inquiry.

Our students can summarize the knowledge and methods of inquiry they have learnt in their major field of study, and can demonstrate their understanding of specialized knowledge within this field.

5. Able to identify the root causes of problems and to find solutions using the academic skills they have acquired.

Our students can identify various issues within our society and can exploit their academic achievements to find solutions to these issues.