Undergraduate and Graduate

Common Curriculum for all Courses

I take a step into the future, globally and locally, on my own!

Educational Objectives and the Five Core Subjects

Exploring an array of discipline foundations with a wide perspective

     Core curriculum subjects are completed within the first and second years of university for students of all faculties and departments. It is our objective to develop healthy and wholesome qualities in people, and to nurture their abilities to think, judge, and act critically by emphasizing independence, fairness, and integration. Through these objectives, we hope our students become sensible citizens, both of the world and nation, who can excel in modern society. This curriculum is composed of the following five subject groups.

General Education

     General education subjects, which form the core of the entire learning experience, are composed of nine subjects where several academic staff from different areas of expertise give lectures in a relay format. As well as giving students ideas on building their careers, these lectures also open the gate for academic life within the university by analysing each topic in a comprehensive and multifaceted manner. Individual lectures are separated into groups A-F, and students can receive lectures in several different fields. Students can broaden their perspectives by going to lectures that are outside their areas of expertises. Also, during individual seminars, students from the Faculty of Literature and Human Environment Science tackle assignments with common themes. Through free discussion within these seminars, students can deepen their interests and knowledge.

Foreign languages

     The world is rapidly moving towards an era of unity. Understanding one another will become indispensable as we develop into global citizens. For this to happen, individuals may need to actively learn foreign languages. There are five foreign languages taught at our university, English, German, French, Chinese, and Korean. English (primary foreign language) is a compulsory subject, and is partnered with one of the four other languages (secondary foreign language). This secondary language is also compulsory, but is chosen by each student.

Health Science

     The topics of these subjects are the investigation of human strength and the understanding of health. As our society progresses towards an ageing society, as well as a leisure society, students will learn how to maintain good health over the course of their lives, and to lead full lives. Through lectures and practical classes, the students will learn about how the body supports our health including the following five points:

  • (1)Promote the health and strength of the mind, as well as the body, as the foundation of (a) human life
  • (2)Cultivate attitudes that take a scientific approach to health
  • (3)Improve communication skills through sports and promote adaptation to society
  • (4)Acquire knowledge and practical abilities related to a sportive lifestyle
  • (5)Foster skills that will actively maintain one’s health.
Information Technology

     Within modern society, utilising computers and computer networks to process information has become an essential asset, whether at home or work. University life also requires information processing skills, which are indispensable for creating reports and writing graduation theses. Within the information technology subjects, students learn text editing, spreadsheet calculation, basic information processing skills including Internet usage, and basic information processing theories on computers and computer networks. These skills are taught within our highly functional information and communication room.

Special Subjects for International Students

     Through these subjects, we aim to cultivate the knowledge and skills necessary for international students to study at a Japanese university. Through “Japanese Language” courses, we foster a high Japanese language ability necessary to attend university lectures. Japanese vernacular, syntax, and expressions are explained to the students, along with note-taking methods, report writing skills, and presentation methods. In the “Japanese Society” class, Japan’s culture and society are reviewed within small-group seminar discussions involving Japanese students. By deepening the understanding of the Japanese language and culture through these classes, international students can gain a rewarding experience studying in Japan.

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