Academics

Curricular Flow 2021

AILA 1 : Fundamentals

- Acquire the basics of learning such as logical thinking, self-expression, and presentation.

- Acquire an active attitude in mandatory dormitories, classrooms, and other campus environments where students encounter different cultures.

Matriculation

EAP Placement Test (TOEFL®TEST)

EAP courses are intensive courses that focus on giving students a strong foundation in Academic English so that they can succeed in their AIU programs. Class size is typically kept small with an average of 18 students per class. Students are grouped into one of four EAP levels based on their English skills

Class Level EAPⅠ TOEFL ITP® TEST score of 479 or below
Reading Develop reading strategies for increased reading comprehension and speed, and develop understanding and use of high frequency vocabulary.
Writing - Focus on fundamental writing skills that are basic to good writing.
- Review sentence-level grammar.
- Learn and practice basic paragraph-level writing.
Listening & Speaking Develop and practice English speaking and listening skills in formal and informal contexts.
Computer Basics Develop computer literacy for EAP classes and future university coursework.
TOEFL® TEST Preparation Assist students in preparing for the TOEFL® TEST. The course offers guidelines and practice for all skill areas tested on the TOEFL ITP® TEST.
Class Level EAPⅡ TOEFL ITP® TEST score 480-499
Reading - Build and develop students' reading strategies, reading comprehension and speed, knowledge, and use of the 2,000 most frequently used English words.
- Identify the main point(s) and/or plot(s) of readings
- Discuss, present, and write about their extensive reading
Writing - Develop students' awareness of a variety of English language writing and thinking skills.
- From paragraph-level to essay-level writing.
- Produce logical and easy-to-understand writings.
Listening & Speaking Preparing students for the more rigorous demands of academic speaking.
Computer Basics Develop computer literacy for EAP classes and future university coursework.
TOEFL® TEST Preparation Assist students in preparing for the TOEFL® TEST. The course offers guidelines and practice for all skill areas tested on the TOEFL ITP® TEST.
Class Level EAPⅢ TOEFL ITP® TEST score 500 or higher
Reading - Develop the reading skills and acquire the vocabulary needed to successfully complete university-level assignments.
- Assigned readings focus on intensive reading to develop critical thinking.
Writing - Develop ability to write formal and informal, academic, and multi-draft essays.
- Self-editing practice and peer feedback sessions.
- Recognize, select, and use appropriate patterns, tone, and voice for a specific audience and essay assignment.
Listening & Speaking Work on academic speaking, including, but not limited to, public presentations and demonstrations, group discussions, and critical arguments.
Computer Basics Develop computer literacy for EAP classes and future university coursework.
TOEFL® TEST Preparation Assist students in preparing for the TOEFL® TEST. The course offers guidelines and practice for all skill areas tested on the TOEFL ITP® TEST.
EAP Bridge Program
  • ◉TOEFL ITP® TEST score of minimum 550
  • ◉Experience living abroad or growing up in an English-speaking environment
Bridging program to prepare incoming freshmen, whose background includes significant time of prior studies in English, for university-level coursework.

Students are given opportunities to learn about cultural and hybrid identities within their experience and how those identities fit in the larger contexts of university life and the world around them.
In addition to the Bridge course, students will go through the following three Foundation Courses classes.

Academic Reading Develop students' confidence in their academic reading abilities through an emphasis on the self-directed learning of reading skills that, in turn, engenders a stronger ability to comprehend and comment on texts.
Composition Write formal, academic essays ranging from 700 to 1,000 words to acquire university-level academic writing skills.
Computer Literacy Basic knowledge and proficiency of the computer for future career.

Details of EAP

AILA 2 : Advancement

- Deciding the axis of learning. Cultivate interdisciplinary thinking.

- Develop socializing skills through extracurricular activities and exchange with the local community and acquire introspective habits .

Develop skills on university-level learning, basic English proficiency, the global society, and career development.

Required Courses
ENG100 Composition I
ENG101 Academic Reading Across Disciplines
ENG150 Advanced Research Writing
CCS100 Orientation
CCS140 Career Design
CCS160 Study Abroad Seminar
IGS200 Introduction to Global Studies
HPE110, 120, 130, 140, 145 Health & Physical Education Activities I - V
HPE150 Health & Physical Education Lecture
Required Electives
CCS120 Computer Literacy
CCS125 Programming Principles
Elective Courses
EAP107 Communication Management and Accent Reduction
CCS200 Internship
CCS205, 210, 215 Long-term Internship I - III

Aquire knowledge and skills throughout a wide range of disciplines, and build the foundations for the Advanced Liberal Arts Courses.

7 Clusters: Guide to Academic Disciplines

Each course is categorized into academic groups called clusters. In courses which span across multiple disciplines and clusters, students will acquire interdisciplinary thinking while interconnecting the different fields of learning.

  • BBusiness
  • EEconomics
  • GGlobal Society
  • PPolitical Science and International Relations
  • SSustainability Studies
  • HHumanity, Culture and Communication
  • TTechnology and Future Society

Courses in blue are cross-listed with Advanced Liberal Arts Courses.

Foreign Languages
CHN100, 200 Chinese I, II
CHN101, 201 Chinese I Practice, II Practice
FRN100, 200 French I, II
FRN101, 201 French I Practice, II Practice
KRN100, 200 Korean I, II
KRN101, 201 Korean I Practice, II Practice
RUS100, 200 Russian I, II
RUS101, 201 Russian I Practice, II Practice
SPN100, 200 Spanish I, II
SPN101, 201 Spanish I Practice, II Practice
Social Sciences
ANT150 Cultural Anthropology G S H
EDU151 Education Systems G
ENV100 Environmental Science S
GEO150 Introduction to Human Geography G S
GEO160 Introduction to Physical Geography G S
HIS101 World History I P
HIS102 World History II P S H
PLS150 Political Science P
PSY150 Psychology H
SOC150 Sociology G
ANT230 Prehistoric Archaeology and Japanese Ethnicity H
COM260 News Media, Culture and Ideology H
ECN210 Principles of Microeconomics B E S
ECN230 International Financial Management B E
GEO220 Geography of North America G
GEO240 Geography of East Asia G
GND200 Introduction to Gender Studies G
PLS210 International Relations P
PLS220 Introduction to Political Thought P
PLS245 International Law and Institutions P
SOC280 International Cooperation and Development I P S
SOC285 Community Development G S
SOC290 Media Literacy H
SUS200 Sustainable Futures: Concepts, Issues and Actions S
Arts and Humanities
ART150 History of Art H
ART161 Art Studio I Glasswork H
ENG102 Speech Communication H
ENG103 Global Issues: Analysis and Discussion H
ENG110 English Literature H
ENG115 Epic Origins of Literature H
ENG120 Introduction to English Studies H
ENG121 Popular Culture in Language Learning & Teaching H
ENG170 Professional Writing H
ENG171 Professional Digital Communication H T
ENG172 News English H
ENG175 Drama for Communication H T
ENG180 Introduction to Linguistics H
ENG181 Sociolinguistics H
HUM120 Critical Thinking and Debate H
PHI150 Western Philosophy: An Introduction to Philosophy through Science-Fiction H T
PHI160 Asian Philosophy H
COM250 Intercultural Communication H
ENG200 Introduction to Applied Linguistics H
ENG211 English Literature in the World H
ENG260 Creative Writing H
ENG270 Debating World News P H
ENG275 Comprehension of International News P H
HUM230 History and Philosophy of Science H T
HUM260 Rhetorical Studies H
MUS230 Music Experience Through Listening H
MUS231, 232, 233 Music Experience Through Practice (Violin Ensemble) I - III H
MUS250 Music We Live By H
PHI200 Theoretical Philosophy: Mind, Knowledge and World H
PHI210 Practical Philosophy: Ethics and Political Philosophy H
Japan Studies
JAS115 Traditional Japanese Arts I: Tea Ceremony H
JAS135 Traditional Japanese Arts II: Ikebana, Kabuki, Noh, Buyo H
JAS200 Japanese Literature H
JAS201 Japanese History I: Premodern Japan P
JAS202 Japanese History II: Modern Japan P
JAS220 Japanese Politics P
JAS225 Japan's Constitution and Law P
JAS325 Foreign Policy of Japan P
JAS250 Introduction to Japanese Society G
JAS275 Japanese Cinema I: Golden Ages H
ANT300 Personhood and the Self: Anthropological perspectives G H
ART300 Japanese Art History in Global Context H
ECN315 Japanese Finance and Practices under Globalization B
ECN343 Japanese Business Culture B
JAS280 Akita Studies I: Introduction to Akita S
JAS305 Religions in Japan H
JAS310 Intercultural Perspectives on Japanese Society H
JAS352 Japanese Linguistics: Analyzing the Grammar of Japanese H
JAS367 A Modern History of Culture, Media and Language in Japan H
JAS370 Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture: Anime H
JAS375 Japanese Cinema II: The History Film H
JAS380 Akita Studies II: Rural Culture and Society S
JAS385 Sustainable Heritage Tourism in Tohoku Region (JR-East funded course) S
JAS395 Digging Prehistoric Japan: Jomon in Global Context H
PLS340 Japan-U.S. Relations P
PLS362 Japan China Relations P
Natural Sciences
BIO205 Science Research Project
CHM100 Introduction to Chemistry
CHM105 Chemistry Laboratory
PHY100 Introduction to Physics
PHY105 Physics Laboratory
BIO100 Introduction to Biology S
BIO105 Biology Laboratory S
Mathematics
MAT100 Math for Liberal Arts T
MAT150 College Algebra B E
MAT200 Statistics B E T
MAT240 Mathematics for Digital World T
MAT250 Calculus B E T
Minor in Japanese Language Teaching
Students meeting the following criteria can enroll in the minor program:
- 15 credits or more of required courses,
- 12 credits or more of elective courses,
- and GPA of 3.00 or higher.
Teacher's License Program
TLP110 Education in Modern Society
TLP120 Educational Psychology
TLP130 Careers in Teaching
TLP140 Curriculum of Education
TLP150 English Teaching Methods I
TLP160 Special Needs Education
TLP210 Extra-curricular Activities
TLP220 Educational Methods
TLP230 Student Guidance and Career Guidance
TLP240 School Counseling
TLP250 English Teaching Methods II
TLP260 Extra-Curricular Activities and the Period for Integrated Studies
TLP310 Teaching Practice
TLP330 Seminar in Teaching Practice

Courses of TLP do not count toward graduation except TLP310 Teaching Practice

AILA 3 : Integration

- Integrate learning and experience from studying abroad to form deeper ideas of research theme.

- Overcome difficulties while studying abroad; building confidence and identity.

Advanced Liberal Arts Courses (ALA)

Students select their "axis of learning" and deepen their understanding in various disciplines based on clusters.

One-year Study Abroad

AIU students must study abroad at a partner institution for one year and earn credits under student exchange program.

Requirements
  • -TOEFL ITP® TEST score of 550 or above
  • -Grade Point Average (GPA) 2.50 or above

Study Abroad Program

The spread of globalization is making corporate activities increasingly complicated and complex. In modern times, the speed of change is accelerating, and uncertainty is growing. In order for companies to provide valuable goods and services to society sustainably, they must accurately grasp the needs on both a regional and global scale and formulate appropriate strategies. In response, the GB program provides a broad education centered on economics and business, with the aim to cultivate human resources through creativity, critical thinking, and global perspectives.

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MAT150 College Algebra B E
ECN205 Mathematical Methods for Economics E T
ECN210 Principles of Microeconomics B E S
ECN220 Analysis of Economic Data E T
ECN230 International Financial Management B E
ECN240 International Business B
ECN250 Foundations of Managerial Decision-Making B
ECN260 Organizational Behavior B
ECN270 Principles of Marketing B H
MAT200 Statistics B E T
MAT250 Calculus B E T
ECN300 Management Principles and Practices B
ECN301 Financial Theories and Applications B
ECN305 Principles of Macroeconomics B E S
ECN308 Marketing Channel Strategy B
ECN309 International Business Law B
ECN310 Accounting B
ECN312 Financial Accounting B
ECN314 Managerial Accounting B
ECN315 Japanese Finance and Practices under Globalization B
ECN316 Quantitative Methods for Marketing B
ECN317 Consumer Behavior B
ECN318 Global Marketing B
ECN320 International Trade E
ECN321 Industrial Organization E
ECN323 Money, Banking and Financial Markets E
ECN325 Economic Development E
ECN327 Econometrics and Applications E
ECN328 Intermediate Microeconomics E
ECN330 Corporate Finance B
ECN334 Strategic Management B
ECN337 Technology and Society B T
ECN338 Time Series Econometrics E
ECN343 Japanese Business Culture B
ECN344 Eco-Business and Sustainability B S
ECN347 Portfolio Management B
ECN348 Behavioral Finance B
ECN353 MBA Essentials B
ECN366 Intermediate Macroeconomics E
ECN367 Open-Economy Microeconomics E
ECN368 Environmental Economics E S
ECN390 Corporate Sustainability Strategies B S
ECN391 Digital Marketing Strategy B

Introduction of Courses

ECN260 Organizational Behavior

Most, if not all, business activities today are accumulations of daily organizational decisions and performance. This course will cover subjects related to human behavior and psychology, such as the actions and motivations of the members comprising an organization and the relationship between individual and group. Some insights into the traits and characteristics required in becoming global leaders of this unpredictable age can be expected.

ECN316 Quantitative Methods for Marketing

Business is not just about making products. To motivate people to buy your product and succeed in business, you need to understand the exact needs of your potential customers. In this course, students will acquaint themselves with the fundamentals of consumer behavior and market analysis, and learn to apply them to their sales strategy. The skills introduced in this course can also be applied to the various activities of local communities.

ECN230 International Financial Management

You need to accurately understand how funding and investment work and grasp the general behavior of the international financial market to comprehend the global activities of businesses and forge effective strategies. Moreover, to study finance is to prepare yourself for uncertainties and risks ahead. This course will introduce the fundamentals of business and economics as a basis for more advanced studies.

Logical thinking and creative ingenuity that is based on a wide range of knowledge are indispensable to succeed in this era of globalization. The GS program invites students to enroll in diverse courses on the history, culture, society, politics, and economy of various countries and regions, as well as courses in multinational and multi-regional relations, the functions and roles of international institutions and organizations, and global phenomena and issues. Students will accumulate and deepen their knowledge and refine their flexible thinking and analytical skills without being confined to conventional ideas and values through active participation in learning activities.

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ANT150 Cultural Anthropology G S H
BIO100 Introduction to Biology S
BIO105 Biology Laboratory S
EDU151 Education Systems G
ENV100 Environmental Science S
GEO150 Introduction to Human Geography G S
GEO160 Introduction to Physical Geography G S
HIS101 World History I P
HIS102 World History II P S H
PLS150 Political Science P
SOC150 Sociology G
ECN210 Principles of Microeconomics B E S
ENG270 Debating World News P H
ENG275 Comprehension of International News P H
GEO220 Geography of North America G
GEO240 Geography of East Asia G
GEO260 Urban Geography G S
GEO270 Rural Geography G S
GND200 Introduction to Gender Studies G
HIS210 U.S. History P
HIS290 History of Modern China P
HIS296 History of Modern Korea P
HIS297 History of Modern Mongolia P
HIS298 History of Modern Europe P
JAS201 Japanese History I: Premodern Japan P
JAS202 Japanese History II: Modern Japan P
JAS220 Japanese Politics P
JAS225 Japan's Constitution and Law P
JAS250 Introduction to Japanese Society G
JAS280 Akita Studies I: Introduction to Akita S
PLS210 International Relations P
PLS220 Introduction to Political Thought P
PLS245 International Law and Institutions P
PLS250 Nations and Nationalism P
PLS260 Comparative Politics P
PLS280 U.S. Political System P
PLS285 European Political Systems P
SOC200 Research Methods in the Social Sciences G P S
SOC280 International Cooperation and Development I P S
SOC285 Community Development G S
SUS200 Sustainable Futures: Concepts, Issues and Actions S
ANT300 Personhood and the Self: Anthropological perspectives G H
DGT330 Artificial Intelligence and Humanity G T
ECN305 Principles of Macroeconomics B E S
ECN344 Eco-Business and Sustainability B S
ECN365 EU Politics and Economy P
ECN368 Environmental Economics E S
ECN390 Corporate Sustainability Strategies B S
ENV320 Environmental Science in Global Perspective S
GEO300 Diversity Matters G
GSP335 GS Special Topic 26: Multidisciplinary Approach to Green Economy (PBL) S
GSP395 GS Special Topic 66: Sustainable Regional Development in Japan and Thailand (PBL) S
HIS355 Transatlantic History of North America and Europe P
IST391 Invitation to EU Studies P
JAS325 Foreign Policy of Japan P
JAS380 Akita Studies II: Rural Culture and Society S
JAS385 Sustainable Heritage Tourism in Tohoku Region (JR-East funded course) S
PLS340 Japan-U.S. Relations P
PLS360 Modern Chinese Politics and Thought P
PLS361 Foreign Policy of China P
PLS362 Japan China Relations P
PLS363 Developmental Politics in South Korea P
PLS367 Politics and Society in Southeast Asia P
PLS375 Transnational Law P
PLS376 Law and Politics of International Organizations P
PLS377 States and Markets P
PLS378 International Security P
PLS380 Borders and Migration G P
PLS381 Forced Migration G P
PLS385 Social Movements G P T
PLS386 Political Communication P H
PLS387 Visual Politics P H T
PLS390 U.S. Foreign Relations P
PSY310 Cyberpsychology G T
SOC310 Social Issues in the Global Age G
SOC320 Childhood in the West G
SOC325 Rural Sociology G S
SOC365 Chinese Society Today G P
SOC370 Mass Media and Society G H
SOC371 Global Media G H
SOC385 Russian Society Today G P
SUS300 Empirical Concepts and Methods of Sustainability Science S
SUS310 Conservation and Sustainable Development S
SUS370 Remote Sensing Applications in Sustainability Science S T

Introduction of Courses

SOC310 Social Issues in the Global Age

In the midst of globalization, the world faces numerous social issues today. This course aims to offer students an insight into some of the most pressing social issues that span both the global north and south. Students will focus not on a particular nation or region, but on the pressing social problems that can be found universally or at a global level such as poverty and inequality, environmental degradation, displacements, religion and ideology, and gender imbalance.

SUS200 Sustainable Futures: Concepts, Issues and Actions

The exponential growth in the global human population and economy are increasing the demands on resources, such as energy, mineral, water, and food. Our daily lives and economic activities are causing global environmental problems, such as climate change, that threaten our own future. Recognizing the serious consequences, nations worldwide have agreed upon 17 Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations to secure our sustainable future. It is time for action. In this program, students will deepen their understanding of global sustainability issues and explore solutions from multi- and interdisciplinary approaches in this critical endeavor.

The remarkable progress of humanity, seen through the rapid creation and spread of diverse cultures, has been driven by the use of language and communication. In our complex global society, where information spreads globally in an instant, we need to understand how digital technologies and innovations such as AI are changing us, and how we can live meaningful lives in a world that is in constant change.
In the Global Connectivity (GC) program, students explore both the humanities – culture, literature, and philosophy – which allows them to find meaning and values of our lives, and technologies, such as computation and AI, which are the foundation of our modern society. Collectively, this combination provides students with literacy over both advanced technology and arts; literacy that is informed by critical thinking and transdisciplinary analysis.
In the GC program, students identify and explore connections between the humanities and technology and develop a holistic appreciation of their connectedness, allowing them to serve as effective bridges between these two domains in future society.

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ANT150 Cultural Anthropology G S H
ART150 History of Art H
ART161 Art Studio I Glasswork H
CCS125 Programming Principles T
DGT150 Critical Issues in The Digital Age T
ENG102 Speech Communication H
ENG103 Global Issues: Analysis and Discussion H
ENG110 English Literature H
ENG115 Epic Origins of Literature H
ENG120 Introduction to English Studies H
ENG121 Popular Culture in Language Learning & Teaching H
ENG170 Professional Writing H
ENG171 Professional Digital Communication H T
ENG172 News English H
ENG175 Drama for Communication H T
ENG180 Introduction to Linguistics H
ENG181 Sociolinguistics H
HIS101 World History I P
HIS102 World History II P S H
HUM120 Critical Thinking and Debate H
JAS115 Traditional Japanese Arts I: Tea Ceremony H
JAS135 Traditional Japanese Arts II: Ikebana, Kabuki, Noh, Buyo H
MAT100 Math for Liberal Arts T
PHI150 Western Philosophy: An Introduction to Philosophy through Science-Fiction H T
PHI160 Asian Philosophy H
PSY150 Psychology H
ANT230 Prehistoric Archaeology and Japanese Ethnicity H
COM250 Intercultural Communication H
COM260 News Media, Culture and Ideology H
COM280 Science Communication H T
DGT200 Learning and Technology T
DGT220 Digital Story Telling H T
ECN205 Mathematical Methods for Economics E T
ECN220 Analysis of Economic Data E T
ECN270 Principles of Marketing B H
ENG200 Introduction to Applied Linguistics H
ENG211 English Literature in the World H
ENG260 Creative Writing H
ENG270 Debating World News P H
ENG275 Comprehension of International News P H
HUM220 UK US Contemporary Popular Culture H
HUM230 History and Philosophy of Science H T
HUM260 Rhetorical Studies H
INF260 Information Science T
JAS200 Japanese Literature H
JAS275 Japanese Cinema I: Golden Ages H
MAT200 Statistics B E T
MAT230 AI, Games and Mathematics: Igo Math T
MAT240 Mathematics for Digital World T
MAT250 Calculus B E T
MUS230 Music Experience Through Listening H
MUS231-233 Music Experience Through Practice (Violin Ensemble) I - III H
MUS250 Music We Live By H
PHI200 Theoretical Philosophy: Mind, Knowledge and World H
PHI210 Practical Philosophy: Ethics and Political Philosophy H
SOC290 Media Literacy H
ANT300 Personhood and the Self: Anthropological perspectives G H
ART300 Japanese Art History in Global Context H
ART310 Science and Art: Cultural History, Theory, Criticism H T
CCS320 Machine Learning and Big Data T
COM360 Applied Pragmatics: Communicative Awareness and Engagement for Relational Success H
DGT300 Learning and Design: Play in the Digital Age T
DGT320 Digital Meaning Making H T
DGT330 Artificial Intelligence and Humanity G T
ECN337 Technology and Society B T
ENG300 Global Communication: Principles and Practices of Bilingualism and Multilingualism in the Era of Connectivity H
JAS305 Religions in Japan H
JAS310 Intercultural Perspectives on Japanese Society H
JAS352 Japanese Linguistics: Analyzing the Grammar of Japanese H
JAS367 A Modern History of Culture, Media and Language in Japan H
JAS370 Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture: Anime H
JAS375 Japanese Cinema II: The History Film H
JAS395 Digging Prehistoric Japan: Jomon in Global Context H
MAT340 Poetry of Programming T
PHI300 Comparative Philosophy H
PLS385 Social Movements G P T
PLS386 Political Communication P H
PLS387 Visual Politics P H T
PSY310 Cyberpsychology G T
SOC370 Mass Media and Society G H
SOC371 Global Media G H
SUS370 Remote Sensing Applications in Sustainability Science S T

Introduction of Courses

DGT330 Artificial Intelligence and Humanity

From playing games to driving cars, diagnosing cancer to convicting criminals, artificial intelligence is playing an increasing role in people’s day-to-day lives and society in general. Through this course, students will explore the landscape, evolution, and impact of AI, beginning with reading, reflection, and discussion of philosophical ideas about what intelligence is, an examination of technology’s ability to perform intelligent action, and current approaches and challenges to advancing the field.

ENG175 Drama for Communication

Communication involves both verbal and non-verbal cues. Drama for Communication focuses on embodied learning by exploring global themes, including environmental, social, cultural, linguistic, and digital perspectives. It provides experiences in the form of drama for learning about global citizenship and opportunities to become a better communicator through active participation, collaboration, and problem-solving in response to creative tasks. The aim is to develop spontaneous responses and confidence in English communication.

AILA 4 : Maturation

- Completing a graduation thesis as a culmination of interdisciplinary learning.

- Recognition of self-growth in for of self-esteem, ethics, and compassion for others.

Capstone Seminar

Students will choose a theme for their capstone seminar under the guidance of their academic advisor.

Graduation

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