Tokyo Christian University is committed to the Christ-centered pursuit of the liberal arts in an East Asian context for the purpose of educating and training students to become mature Christians of integrity who are equipped as bridge people to serve God’s church and world.
Christ-centered Pursuit of the Liberal Arts
English-track students pursue their studies in a variety of subjects, including Japanese language, biblical and theological studies, literature, philosophy, psychology, history, sociology, music, public speaking, the arts, linguistics, and others. All courses take the Christian faith seriously. This does not mean that we hold that there is a special Christian psychology, history, or linguistics. Rather, we do believe that Christian faith should inform how we view everything in the world, including these subjects. We further believe that the study of such subjects will enrich our understanding of how God works among us.
In an East Asian Context
TCU welcomes students from around the world who are committed to seeking a Christian liberal arts education in an Asian context, particularly in a Japanese context. Our curriculum draws upon its Japanese and East Asian context in several ways. Some courses in history and culture explicitly focus on East Asia. Other courses, even if on a “general” subject, such as psychology, will use Japanese examples and discuss the implications for our understanding and appreciation of East Asia. All students study the Japanese language in and outside of the classroom. Living in Japan, they will have no choice but to use Japanese for daily life on campus – nearly all students, Japanese and international students alike, live together in campus dormitories – as well as off campus. All students, whatever their major, enroll in “practical church assignments” throughout their entire program; two years, at least, should be in a Japanese-speaking church. Through these and other experiences, students are regularly confronted with the special needs and concerns of people living in Japan.
Mature Christians of Integrity
At Tokyo Christian University, we are committed to encourage students to keep service to Jesus Christ as the primary value in their lives; to develop and maintain character and moral values that are consistent with that commitment; and to develop an independent and mature spirit so that they can stand strong in this commitment, character, and moral values after they graduate and are no longer part of the TCU community.
TCU aims to produce graduates who will be “bridge people.” The body of Christ exists in many cultures. We believe that Christ wants Christians in these different cultures to know, appreciate, bless, enjoy, and learn from each other. Because bridge-building is a key expectation for our graduates, students should learn the Japanese language, grow in their understanding of Japanese culture, and experience the Japanese church so that they can interpret their home churches to Christians in Japan, and also interpret the Japanese church to Christians in their home cultures.
To Serve God’s Church and World
TCU is open to Christians who wish to serve Christ effectively. Some graduates eventually go on to work in ministerial positions, but the majority serve as “salt and light” in various professions. In preparation for whichever of these paths our students may take, we are committed to the education of heart and mind for compassionate service and effective leadership.