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General Education Courses

These courses form the foundation for the entire education and train the student’s ability to actively engage society.

Please refer to the following page(s) for the curriculum of the general education courses.

Education necessary for gaining a depth of knowledge in specialized fields

A university is a place to equip yourself with specialized knowledge and education. Various forms of verification are also necessary for gaining a depth of knowledge in specialized fields. This means it is important to have a broad perspective able to perceive items of importance in various areas. At Chukyo University, education towards this is set as required learning in general education courses. As universities around Japan continue reducing their courses, Chukyo University has educational courses (general education courses) from freshman to senior year along side program specific courses.

Required communication skills for professionals

The curriculum has three main focuses: equipping students with unbiased knowledge, training their logical thinking in all fields, and equipping them with communication skills including languages. These are all required basic proficiencies for professionals after graduation shared by all schools and programs. The goal is to equip students with the comprehensive ability to make decisions and impart both general education and specialized knowledge, thereby fostering individuals with strong communication skills. Through our semester system, it is possible for students to select areas of interest and study a wide range of topics with instructors that specialize in international liberal arts and foreign languages.

Highly flexible education system with lectures and practical studies

While the units of educational study (general education courses) required differ between the schools, 26 units of electives are required for each field of study. Courses are broadly divided into "Communication" (practical) and "Sophia" (lecture). The graduation requirements for communication courses include two units of sports, four units of English, and four units of a second foreign language. From the "Sophia" courses, graduation requires four units of nature research (natural sciences), four units of human research (humanities), four units of social research (social sciences), and four units from emergent studies (interdisciplinary fields). In addition to these 26 units, requirements are set by each program (between 32 and 44 units) enabling study in areas of personal interest. Additionally, "floating" units may be selected freely from specialist courses (program specific) or educational courses (general education courses).

Seminars: the starting point of university studies

There are three seminars as part of the educational program. In the freshman year, one semester is spent studying in a "foundational seminar" which is the starting seminar for university studies. Students learn basic study skills including reading research, debating, writing reports, and giving presentations. Subject specific seminars throughout the year allow for research presentations on specific subjects in small groups consisting of interdisciplinary studies. In the sophomore year, there are timely and subject specific lectures as part of our educational model regarding the thorough study of an area of interest. Finally, there is a one semester educational research seminar which is only available for senior year students. This will begin in the fall term of the 2015 academic year.