Basic Education Courses

The Basic Education Courses are subject to change from AY 2021. Please see our new curriculum page for details.

Basic education is the next stage for students who have completed EAP as it lays the foundation for establishing expertise in a wide range of academic fields.

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Message from the Head

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Dr. Andy J. Crofts, Head of Basic Education/Professor

Basic Education: Explore New Directions

One of the main advantages of a liberal arts education is that it develops the knowledge and skills that are needed to deal with complex issues arising in our increasingly globalized world.

The Basic Education (BE) program is at the core of AIU's curriculum; between the language skills courses of the EAP program and the specialized courses of the Global Studies and Global Business programs. The diversity of BE courses will allow you to build a broad view of the full range of human intellectual activity, and will help you become familiar with important questions in different fields, such as Geography and the Natural Sciences. Even more importantly, BE courses will allow you to practice using the methods needed to answer these questions. This will be your opportunity to look more deeply into areas you already know, and a great chance to explore in new directions.

Connecting your knowledge of different subjects with the critical thinking skills you gain in BE courses will help form your “intellectual toolkit”. This toolkit will be essential for your success at AIU, and it will remain with you throughout your life. It will help you understand the nature of difficult problems and, most importantly, it will allow you to develop and apply effective solutions. The wider your knowledge and the greater your critical thinking skills, the more complete your intellectual toolkit will be. So, make the most of the chance to explore new directions as your BE adventures begin!

Feature 1 - A wide range of academic disciplines

Basic education modules include a wide range of academic disciplines such as Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Interdisciplinary Research, Languages in the World and Linguistics, and Health and Physical Education. By broadly learning the basics of academic knowledge from these disciplines, students deepen knowledge, culturally develop, broaden their horizons, and build their own intellectual foundations. At the same time, they also develop their abilities to observe and verify matters from a multifaceted perspective and think logically. Building this intellectual foundation is extremely important in developing a rich personality capable of responding flexibly under any circumstance of the rapidly changing local and international communities in the modern era.

Feature 2 - Later Specialization

We offer a wide range of academic disciplines and modules in basic education to provide students with opportunity to discover the fields they want to study further. Choosing subjects according to your interests and desire to learn while deepening the underlying knowledge and culture leads to discovery of the disciplines you want to learn more professionally in the future. We have the Global Business Course and Global Studies Course as part of our professional liberal arts education, and students learn the subjects of basic education while considering which course to choose.

Feature 3 - Trilingualism and Japanese studies

At AIU, we encourage students to learn another language in addition to their native languages and English as a lingua franca. Basic education includes Chinese, Korean, Russian, French and Spanish, which are taught in English or in their respective language. In addition, while students study international affairs in English, we also offer a field of Japanese Studies, which include subjects related to Japanese culture, politics, economics, business, foreign policy, and language to enhance their awareness of their identity as Japanese citizens.