General Education

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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 fundamental academic writing skills. Students learn the components of the process of writing academic essays so that they can succeed in their college courses that require writing assignments. By the end of the course students will 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. The aim of this course is to introduce the steps necessary to construct a research paper across a wide range of academic disciplines. To achieve this aim, there are three categories of objectives for this class: reading-writing connections, writing process & organization, and writing mechanics. This course is an extension of Academic Composition I and Analytical Reading and Thinking and builds on the skills learned in those courses. The course concentrates on the process of writing one critical literature review research paper for an academic audience. Peer review and editing will be used in all steps of research, planning, and writing. By the end of the course, students will be able to think critically on subjects related to their major field of study and to compose a research paper.
Analytical Reading and Thinking
This course focuses on the elements of reading and critical thinking. Students in this course develop their reading, critical thinking, argumentation, and research skills, in order to actively utilize and analyze academic or professional texts. By the end of the course students will have gained transferable skills in the areas mentioned above that they will use within their other E-track classes, in their majors, and in their future careers.
Public Speaking - Not required
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.