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President's Message

Welcome to Soka University of America

president-pictureI hope this website will answer many of the questions you may have about our university. Although you'll find many details about Soka University of America on this site, let me highlight some of our achievements.

SUA's graduate school opened at the Calabasas campus in 1994 offering a Master of Arts degree in Second and Foreign Language Education with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The four year liberal arts college began offering its Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts program at the Aliso Viejo campus in 2001.  In June 2005, SUA was accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) four years ahead of schedule.   That same year our first undergraduate class graduated, with every student who applied to graduate school being accepted. 

In 2007 the graduate program moved to our Aliso Viejo campus, just one mile from the Pacific Ocean in South Orange County. This united both programs on one campus for the first time, and was one more step in our growth as we focus on the overall mission of Soka University of America to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.

In 2008 SUA announced the Soka Opportunity Scholarships which offer free tuition (room and board fees still apply) for eligible admitted undergraduate students whose families make $60,000 or less a year.

In 2009 SUA began construction on our new 1000-seat Soka Performing Arts Center, which was dedicated on May 27, 2011 with the commencement of the Class of 2011. 

In 2012 Soka University joined the CAL PAC Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA.) Our students compete against other colleges in soccer, swimming, track and field and cross country.

In 2013 we announced our new Master's Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change and SUA was ranked 41st among National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2014."

SUA BA graduates have now been accepted to graduate schools at many prestigious universities, including:

  •  Harvard
  •  Yale
  •  Oxford
  •  Stanford
  •  USC
  •  UCLA
  •  UC Berkeley
  •  UC Irvine
  •  UC Santa Barbara
  •  Georgetown
  •  Columbia Teachers College
  •  University of Hawaii Law School
  •  University of Wisconsin
  •  Johns Hopkins
  •  Claremont Graduate 
  •  Cornell
  •  Duke
  •  Boston
  •  Loyola University of Chicago
  •  George Washington
  •  NYU
  •  Monterey Institute
  •  University of Michigan
  •  University of Washington
  •  Barcelona Graduate School
  •  Cambridge
  •  Kingston
  •  London School of Economics
  •  Kings College, London
  •  Queens University, Belfast
  •  University of Essex
  •  University of Nottingham
  •  University of Reading
  •  Toronto University
  •  Vancouver Film School
  •  Trinity College, Dublin
  •  Minzu University, Beijing

Every undergraduate at SUA graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, which has qualified our students for graduate school in such diverse fields as:

  •  anthropology
  •  applied linguistics
  •  applied psychology
  •  art education 
  •  arts counseling and guidance
  •  Asian studies
  •  business administration (MBA)
  •  comparative and international education
  •  comparative ethnic conflict
  •  conflict analysis and resolution
  •  conflict, security and development
  •  creative producing
  •  creative writing
  •  counseling psychology
  •  development studies
  •  diplomacy
  •  East Asian languages and literature
  •  East Asia regional studies
  •  economics
  •  economics of development
  •  education
  •  educational counseling
  •  elementary education
  •  entertainment industry management
  •  environmental design
  •  environmental legal studies
  •  environmental science and management
  •  environmental studies
  •  European public policy
  •  film production
  •  forestry and environmental studies
  •  global affairs
  •  history
  •  human behavior
  •  human rights and genocide
  •  international administration
  •  international commerce and policy
  •  international development studies
  •  international education policy
  •  international policy studies
  •  international politics
  •  international relations - conflict management
  •  international studies
  •  Japanese language and literature
  •  Latin American politics and human rights
  •  law
  •  literature
  •  mathematical finance 
  •  musicology 
  •  natural resources and environmental sciences
  •  nursing
  •  Pacific international affairs
  •  peace studies
  •  premedical post baccalaureate program
  •  psychology
  •  public administration in international development
  •  public and environmental affairs 
  •  political science and political economy
  •  public affairs
  •  screenwriting
  •  second and foreign language education (TESOL)
  •  social work
  •  sociology
  •  statistics 
  •  teacher education
  •  tourism management
  •  urban affairs 
  •  urban planning

SUA is committed to providing students of the coming century with an educational opportunity that fosters love for humankind, develops character, provides an intellectual basis for the realization of peace and empowers learners to contribute to and improve society.  This is the challenge given to us by our founder, Daisaku Ikeda, and this is the challenge we will strive to meet with the generous support that SUA is receiving from individuals all over the world.

I invite you to explore our web pages to discover more about our history, our academic programs, our exciting growth, and our founding spirit.

Sincerely,

Daniel Y. Habuki, PhD
President

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