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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.

Analytical Reading and Composition I
This course focuses on the elements of analytical reading, critical thinking, and writing. In this course, students develop and practice skills in critical thinking, finding and evaluating sources, summarizing texts, and leading discussions before learning the process of writing an academic essay.
Analytical Reading and Composition II
(Coming soon)

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.

Business and Social Impact
The business sector plays key roles in achieving sustainable world. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 are the blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all, covering both developing and developed countries. Through the course, students will have a basic understanding on the relationship between business and society in an increasingly integrated and interdependent world economy.
Food Value Chain and Sustainability
In achieving "Sustainable Development Goals", sustainable food supply is one of the key issues not only for SDG2 (Zero Hunger) but also for other SDGs. With the world population exceeding 10 billion by 2050, establishing a "sustainable food value chain," starting from agriculture to consumers, is becoming more and more crucial. Through the course, students will understand the concept of a "sustainable food value chain" and roles of the business sector in achieving it.
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 Informatics & Computing
This undergraduate course is highly recommended for students pursuing a specialization in IT Business. It starts with how a computer operates -including hardware, system and application software- and continues with open source software and Linux. It covers network essentials, security, cryptography and Blockchain technology. It continues with developing web-sites with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and takes a brief look at programming languages at different levels. The course also covers graphs and algorithms, the principles of computing, modeling computation and Turing machines.
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to the Islamic World
This course introduces Islam and its emergence. It starts with an introduction to the history of Muhammad - from the time of his birth until his death. It then proceeds to the philosophy and conception of human beings in Islam, followed by an introduction to the "Islamic pillars" such as pilgrimage, charity, and fasting. After introducing Islam, the course briefly introduces Shinto.
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 Management
Effective organisational management is essential in order to establish, operate and lead business activities. But what is 'management', and how can we 'manage' organisations? This course is designed as an introduction to the principles and processes of management, including definitions and functions of management, management theories, planning, organising, leading and controlling organisations. People and team management, and strategic management are also major components of this course.
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.
Statistics I
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. The aim of this course is to develop your statistical thinking skills, and enable you to apply various analytical tools in your targeted field of study. After completing this course, students should be able to distinguish among the sampling methods for the collection of data in order to assess the validity of statistical conclusions, among other things.
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.