- seeking ways of achieving peaceful coexistence with people in the spirit of the Christian message
- thinking independently and critically and resisting the traditions of automatic acquiescence
- considering not only local and national implications of research but global
- having genuine interest, ability, plan and enthusiasm to undertake graduate research and produce a master’s thesis in intercultural communication
- contributing to society through academic research
The central goal of the Graduate School, as the only Christian institution of higher education in Okinawa, is to receive the founding principles and to apply them in the spirit of building a peaceful and just society. The Graduate School features two tracks: Intercultural Communication and English Education. The curriculum is divided into three categories: required courses, core courses, and elective courses. Required courses are an effort to create the cross-fertilization of ideas between the two areas. Core courses introduce researchers to specialty knowledge in their area of study. Elective courses offer students freedom to deepen understanding in areas they wish to explore further that align with the themes of their thesis and intended career path.
The Graduate School offers an education aimed at developing theoretical knowledge and practical skills in intercultural communication and English education. The goal is to connect academic theories with real-world abilities. Students consider not only their own research but also the real effects that their work has on community and society. Thus, the School aims toward developing professionals but also offering continued training for those already in the profession. Students who earn the required credit points, produce an acceptable master’s thesis, and pass an oral examination of their work will receive a diploma.