早稲田大学 国際教養学部 AO入試 志望理由書 提出例(大平 章 教授参考)
Dear Admission Office,
First of all I would like to thank for the opportunity, and in this letter I will do my best to explain my interest in applying for School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University, hoping to pursue a major in Sociology and Comparative Cultural Studies later in my academic years. I would be more than grateful if you could kindly give it a read and grant me an admission. During the in-person interview, I would also be delighted to expand more on my area of studies and what I wish to achieve with liberal studies curriculum including study abroad program.
When we travel around the world, we wonder sometimes, what happened to all those great old civilizations. Interestingly, there are phases and waves to civilization process, and some elements of the society are crucial to the long lasting survival of it, that may help explain what really happened. Many experts argue three co-relating aspects are civilization, war and the environment, meaning relationships of these elements work as health check criteria on the civilizations. And these social cycle theories are among the earliest social theories in sociology. Unlike the theory of social evolutionism, which views the evolution of society and human history as progressing in some new, unique direction, sociological cycle theory argues that events and stages of society and history generally repeat themselves in cycles bringing prosperity in waves. Civilization waves and its sociopolitical and informing systems are the determinations and the waves can be summarized as; agricultural, political, industrial, information, globalisation, virtualization and communication.
In terms of definitions, the word civilization deriving from latin refers to both a process and a destination. It describes the process of a social collective group becoming civilized, or progressing from a state of nature, scattered savagery, or barbarism to a state of civilization. It describes a state of human society marked by significant urbanization, social and professional stratification, the luxury of leisure time, and corresponding advancements in the arts and sciences. The capacity for reasonably complex sociopolitical organization and self-government according to prevailing standards has long been thought of as a central requirement of civilization, as Samuel Huntington has summarized “to be civilized is good” in 1998.
Comparing ancient civilizations that disappeared such as Mayan, Mesopotmia, Indus, Egypt to China which is still present, the difference is, how the civilization was equipped and survived the war time as well as environmental changes. This says a lot about the society we live in and understanding the waves of civilization also provide us with a future prospect.
More so in the last 10 years, that studying one thing doesn’t promise a bright future for us in while globalization and digitization accelerate. Therefore, I feel the strong need about gaining broad knowledge in international culture, socio-history and environmental studies to unlock different pockets of education that would help me work in competitive global workplace. And in order for me to attain high-level education and equip myself with what is needed to survive the next decades of globalization and competition, and locate professional opportunity, it is extremely important for me to study various international studies among like-minded students at Waseda where liberal studies is offered. Thank you very much for reading and I am very much looking forward to hearing good news.