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E-Track's General Education courses aim to broaden your general knowledge while developing a strong academic foundation. By pursuing a wide range of interdisciplinary courses, you will deepen your understanding on fundamental social issues and grow into a truly international-minded person.

Academic Literacy

All E-Track students must take Academic Literacy courses in their first year. These courses enhance students' academic skills critical to the further studies in university.

Academic Composition I
This course provides students the opportunity to develop their essay writing skills as well as their language skills. The focus of this course lies in the concept that students will learn to become better writers by learning to become better editors of their own essays and by the end of the course, students will have written four original essays (process analysis, comparison, cause-effect, and argumentative), and have a solid foundation in academic writing.
Academic Composition II
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic arguments: thesis, evidence, and structure. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. The aim of this course is to introduce the steps necessary to construct a research paper across a wide range of academic disciplines.
Analytical Reading and Thinking
This course focuses on the elements of reading and critical thinking. The three steps or modes of analysis are exemplified in three types of reading and discussion: what a text says (restatement), what a text does (description / purpose) and what a text means (interpretation). By concentrating on these three aspects, students will not read solely for information, but rather for ways of thinking about the subject matter presented in texts.
Public Speaking
Public Speaking is a performance course designed to improve your public communication skills. This means that students need to be actively engaged in both the speaking and listening process. Students will be exposed to a variety of speeches and will actively participate in writing and analyzing public speeches.

Liberal Arts

To help develop a broader educational background, E-Track students take Liberal Arts courses in a variety of fields, including humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Fundamentals of Mathematics
To study the theoretical side of economics, knowledge and technique of mathematics are seriously needed. This course is devoted to understanding the elementary theory of mathematics. The main aims are to get used to manipulate basic calculus and to learn the theoretical concepts of mathematics, such as logic, set theory, function, integration and differential theory, matrix theory and so on. However no prerequisites are needed.
Introduction to Anthropology*
Have you ever though deeply about your own way of life? Have you thought about how other people around the world live their lives? In this course, we will study the work of anthropologists with different cultures around the world. We will learn about their language and communication, family and kinship patterns, and gender relationships. Also, we will compare religious beliefs and practices along with cultural changes that occur because of globalization. Through our study together, we will grow to appreciate the diversity of the human experience.
Introduction to Art*
This course is designed to develop a basic understanding of the music and its appreciation. Two fundamental questions will guide the course:
1) How do race, gender, and class shape the production and consumption of music? and
2) How do people use music in their everyday lives?

Studying music and the music industry from a sociological perspective, students will develop the skills to more critically observe and understand the human behavior.
Introduction to Business Management
Business management is a part of collective effort and a manager has to coordinate with all aspects of the business management including human resource management, marketing management, accounts, finance and other management branches. So the course will cover a wide range of topics, which are essential for the successfully handling of business activities in order to give you a broad knowledge of business and management theories and an understanding of modern business issues. You will develop the skills and abilities required to become a successful business manager. A course particularly designed to enhance your employability as it will help you to open the door to numerous careers within the business industry including general management.
Introduction to Environmental Studies
Utilizing local and global case studies this course will explore contemporary environmental issues such as climate change, energy, food production, and sustainable development via a systems theory approach. Fundamental scientific, economic, and policy concepts will be learned and applied. The focus will be on integrative learning and interdisciplinary analysis. Instructional methods will include lectures and small group discussion as well as group projects and (where possible) site visits and service learning.
Introduction to Exercise Science*
Exercise Science is a term that applies to the academic discipline of investigating and understanding all aspects of human movement. This field is also called kinesiology, physical education, sports science, sports medicine and many other terms. This class is designed to provide students with an introduction to the physical, mental and social concepts of Exercise Science and how these are used in everyday life, from children to elite athletes and older adults.
Introduction to Marketing
This course is an introduction to marketing. It examines the basic principles of marketing, including: segmentation, targeting, positioning, and the marketing mix (product, price, place, and promotion). Students will learn how these elements work together to create a successful product/service. International and Japanese case studies will be used as the basis for in-class discussions. Prior knowledge of the subject is not required.
Introduction to Philosophy*
This course is a survey of philosophies from around the world. We will read works by philosophers from Africa, Asia, Europe, India, and the Middle East. The issues discussed by these philosophers include the relation between mind and world, the nature of reality, and the qualities that make a good person or life.
Introduction to Psychology
This course is designed to introduce you to the scientific study of human nature. You will learn how psychologists ask questions from several different perspectives: questions about the relation of brain and behavior, about perception, motivation, about learning and thinking, about personality and development. You will also learn about the methods psychologists use to find the answers to these questions and become acquainted with many of the important findings and theoretical approaches in the field of psychology. By the end of the semester, you will have learned to think critically about psychological evidence, and you will be able to evaluate its validity and its relevance to important issues in your life.
Introduction to Social Psychology
This course offers an introduction to the basic theories, and the empirical studies upon which the theories are based, of social psychology from a sociological perspective. At the core of social psychology is an effort to understand how social structures and psychic structures interact to produce social behavior. We will consider how social structures affect individuals, how individuals affect other individuals, and how individuals affect groups, or larger social structures.
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology is the study of human behavior, social relationships, and societies. This course will introduce the "sociological perspective" as a tool for understanding the connections between the individual's everyday life and larger-scale processes and structures within society. One main theme of the course is that individual behavior is shaped by a great number of social forces and social structures, including laws, economic systems, power and various hierarchies (based on social class, gender, race, and so on), and other things, many of which are (usually) invisible to us.
Introduction to Statistics
This course is a first course in applied statistics. It will familiarize you with the basics of statistical thinking, language, and techniques, thus providing you with the needed skills to address questions that have real life consequences and effects. By the end of the course, you will able to organize and summarize empirical data. This course will also teach you how to compute probabilities, making you skillful in the uses of theoretical probability distributions. Finally, you will become proficient in basic inferential statistical data analysis.
IT Literacy
Students explore the essential elements of personal computing, information security, and media literacies while mastering the fundamental and most practical skills for working with computers and communicating in the 21st century. Class projects and assignments help students to master the basics of word processing software, spreadsheet software, and various presentation methods. Students learn to collect, analyze, and visualize data, and they learn how to share their findings through compelling and striking presentations. Finally, students explore and discuss the many ways that technologies affect communication in the modern world.
International Business
Globalization, promoting the integration of national markets and enhancing interdependence among nations, has brought radical changes in economic and business activities. Now, managing a business, whether domestic or international, in such a milieu requires a good understanding of not only management from an international perspective, but also the condition of international economy. This course combines materials from both management and international economy, and tries to stimulate thinking from the perspective of a manager in international business.
Introduction to International Relations
This course consists of two parts. The first part is tracing and understanding the international history of modern and contemporary era. Second part is studying basic theories and perspectives of international relations. This introductory course is designed for undergrad freshmen who are beginners to international affairs and history.
Principles of Economics
This course provides the basics of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The first half of the lecture is devoted to an introduction to microeconomics. The latter half is devoted to an introduction to macroeconomics. The contents covered in the course are: supply and demand analysis, theory of the firm, theory of individual behavior, competition and monopoly, welfare economics (Microeconomics), determinants of the overall levels of economic activity, fiscal and monetary policy, price controls, distributional effects of macroeconomic policies, inflation and unemployment (Macroeconomics).
Principles of Political Science
This is an introductory course in Political Science. The main objective of this course is to familiarize students with the analytical tools needed to study politics cross-nationally, as well as acquaint them with the political arrangements of various regions of the world. In particular, this course will introduce you to three topics:
(1) the major themes of Political Science;
(2) the major concepts used in Political Science; and
(3) the methodologies political scientists use to evaluate rival theories.
Sustainable Society
This course introduces students to theories of sustainability. Basic principles of sustainability are examined using the triple bottom line perspective: environment (planet), society (people), and economy (profit). Students will learn how sustainability impacts society's well-being. After taking this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the issues confronting societies today. Prior knowledge of the subject is not required.
World Economy
This key introductory Level 1 course introduces the world economy from a historical perspective and surveys major issues pertaining to institutional bases for changes in world income and population. It begins by looking at the forces which explain the success of rich countries and explore the obstacle which hinder economic advance in regions which lagged behind. Then, it examines the interaction between empirical facets and interdisciplinary theories.

*Courses taught by visiting faculty from our sister-school, Willamette University, a renowned liberal arts university in the U.S.