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In a world driven by political turmoil and technological change, why are Liberal Arts more important than ever before? First, Liberal Arts education prepares us for multiple challenges in a globalized world. With immersion in a broad range of human endeavors, Liberal Arts students can interact with people from around the world. Second, Liberal Arts education is practical and realistic. With development of oral, mathematical, logical, and aesthetic strengths, Liberal Arts students are well-equipped to fulﬁll multiple workplace needs. Third, Liberal Arts education provides us with richer lives and experiences. With exposure to arts and literature, history and politics, religion and psychology, Liberal Arts students are appreciative of all that the worldʼs cultures and civilizations have developed over the centuries.
Liberal Arts education develops the bicameral brain. Neurobiological experiments show that artistic talent strengthens the brainʼs capacity for mathematics and science... that acquisition of a foreign language strengthens our ability to make complex logical arguments... that training the ear and performing a musical instrument strengthens not only our hearts, but also our minds.
In fact, the world needs Liberal Arts. With an education that is both broad and deep, Liberal Arts students will not only survive, but thrive. Acquire Liberal Arts, any student can succeed on any path, including business management, law, medicine, computer programming, creative arts, music performance, arts management, systems analysis, supply chain engineering, business consulting, teaching and educational administration, athletics and sports science, and innumerable professions that will emerge in the future, and which will one day drive our interests and our economies. With enriched personal lives ‒ full of books, music, arts, theoretical sciences, and technology ‒ Liberal Arts students can pursue any path with hope and promise.
Welcome to the Global Liberal Arts Program at Rikkyo University.
Professor, Department of Religion, Trinity University, USA
Ph.D. in Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada
Currently he is conducting research on Confucianism and human rights, attitudes toward gender diﬀerentiation and sexual orientation in Chinese religions, and conceptions of human liberation in Asian religious traditions. Since 1990, Nadeau has been teaching at Trinity, where he oﬀers courses on Chinese and Japanese religions, the Buddhist tradition, popular religion in comparative perspective, gender and religion, and methodology in the study of religion. He has served on the board of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religion, and as chair of the Chinese Religions Group of the American Academy of Religion. He has also served as president of the Southwest Academy of Religion. At Trinity University, he has served as chair of the University Curriculum Council, overseeing the inauguration of Trinity's new Common Curriculum. Nadeau became chair of Trinity's Department of Religion in June 2005.