Liberal Arts Education

Hiroshima University Liberal Arts Education Course Completion Regulations

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Article 1      These Regulations shall define, based on Article 19-3 of the Hiroshima University General Provisions (April 1, 2004 Regulation No. 2), necessary matters concerning the registration, etc. of Liberal Arts Education subjects of Hiroshima University.

(Subject Categories & Educational Goals)
Article 2      The categories and educational goals of Liberal Arts Education subjects shall be as shown in the following table.

Subject CategoryEducational Goals
Peace Science Courses To provide students with the opportunity to think about peace from various perspectives, such as war/conflict, the abolition of nuclear weapons, poverty, starvation, population growth, the environment, education and culture, and thereby to to deepen thier understanding of peace

Basic Courses in University Education

Introduction to University Education To enable students to understand the significance and objectives of studying at university and acquire the skills and attitude necessary for studying at university
Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students To develop students' ability to think logically, based on facts and evidence, about historical and contemporary issues facing humankind and society, to examine their own thoughts critically, and to express their own ideas effectively
Advanced Seminar To help students cultivate problem-solving skills through the study and discussions of cutting-edge topics and hands-on learning, and to develop a challenging mindset and improve thier presentation and leadership skills
Common Subjects Area Courses To help students explore how knowledge accumulated by humankind was created and developed and what concepts underlie such knowledge, from cultural, social and natural scientific perspectives, and learn intellectual techniques required across disciplines, beyound their specialized fields
Foreign Languages To develop students' communication skills necessary to receive and transmit information effectively in various foreign languages, and deepen thier knowledge and understanding of different languages and cultures, so as to enable them to play an active role in the era of globalization.
Information and Data Science Courses To equip students with basic knowledge and skills necessary to use data in today 's advanced information society, develop thier understanding of the usefulness and problems of computers and information-related ethical issues, so as to ensure the proper use of data and grow up thier stance toward new technology
Health and Sports Courses To introduce students to scientific theories for promoting health and physical strength, and develop the attitude of enjoying sports throughout one's lifetime as well as social skills, such as manners and cooperation, through the practice of sports suitable for own aptitudes and sports skills
Social Cooperation Courses To help students to understand diversity in society and improve thier ability to participate in and contribute to society through engaging in various practical activities.
Foundation Courses As pre-specialized education, which is organically linked to specailaized education, Foundation Courses are aimed at providing students with the basic knowledge necessary to understand specialized studies in their chosen areas, and thereby providing them with the logical structure and system of the basic disciplines and helping them acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for further academic development

(Class Subjects & Number of Credits, etc.)
Article 3      The class subjects offered as liberal arts education subjects (hereinafter, "class subjects"), the number of credits, etc. shall be as shown in the Appended Table.
2      The class schedule shall be announced at the start of the academic year.

(Taking Subjects)
Article 4      How to take liberal arts education subjects shall be provided for in the by-laws of each school.

(Standards for Calculating Credits)
Article 5      The number of credits for each class subject shall be calculated in accordance with the following standards, according to the class format: 
(1)   For lectures, one credit shall consist of 15-hours' worth of classes.
(2)   For seminars and practical training, one credit shall consist of 30-hours' worth of classes.
(3)   For experiments, one credit shall consist of 45-hours' worth of classes.
2      In the case of a class subject taught through a combination of two or more methods, the number of hours spent for each class method shall be determined in light of the standards prescribed in the preceding paragraph, so that a one-credit class subject requires 45 hours of work.
3      Notwithstanding the stipulations set forth in the preceding two paragraphs, the matters in the following items shall be as prescribed in the said items.
(1)   For the Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students and Advanced Seminar, one credit shall consist of 15-hours' worth of classes.
(2)   For Introduction to Information and Data Sciences, which are offered under the Information and Data Science Courses category, one credit shall consist of 15-hours' worth of classes.

(Course Registration Procedure)
Article 6      Students must register for the class subjects that they intend to take by following the prescribed procedures within the specified period each semester. However, for a class subject that restricts the number of attendees, a student may not be granted approval to take a class even if he/she has completed the prescribed procedure.
2      If a student fails to follow the prescribed procedure stipulated in the main text of the preceding paragraph, he/she will not be granted approval to take a class subject. However, approval may be given with the consent of the instructor in charge of the relevant class subject only if special circumstances exist.
3      In principle, students may not retake class subjects for which credits have already been granted.

Article 7      In principle, examinations shall be held at the end of each term. However, for some class subjects, grade assessment may be conducted based on written assignments or in-class performance, in place of examinations.
2      The examination methods and schedule shall be announced in advance.
3      Students who attend less than two-thirds of the classes held will not be allowed to take an examination. However, in cases where absence is taken following the predetermined procedures and is recognized as being due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances, the decision shall be left to the instructor in charge of the relevant class subject.

(Makeup Examinations)
Article 8      A student who was unable to take an examination due to any of the reasons listed in the following items may take a makeup examination.  
(1)   Absence due to the death of a spouse (including the partner certified by a document certified the partnership in the Policies and Guidelines at Hiroshima University for Respecting Gender and Sexual Diversity - To Be Inclusive of LGBT+ Students, Faculty and Staff (2022.12.27 Board Approval)) or a person within the third-degree kinship
(2)   Injury or illness (restricted to instances of hospitalization or equivalent circumstances)  
(3)   Natural disaster or other extraordinary disaster
(4)   Sudden accident of public transportation
(5)   Other unavoidable circumstances
2      In principle, a student who wishes to take a makeup examination must submit a designated application to the dean of the school to which he/she belongs within one week of the original examination date of the relevant class subject.
3      In principle, a student who has been authorized to take a makeup examination must take a makeup examination on the date and at the time designated by the instructor in charge of the relevant class subject.
4      A makeup examination shall be conducted within three weeks after the original examination date of the relevant class subject.

(Miscellaneous Rules)
Article 9      In addition to the matters prescribed in these Regulations, any necessary matters concerning registration for liberal arts education subjects shall be determined by the Headquarters for Education.

Supplementary Provisions
1      These Regulations shall come into effect on April 1, 2024. 
2      With regard to class subjects in liberal arts education for students who were admitted prior to AY2023, notwithstanding the provision of the Hiroshima University Regulations on Liberal Arts Education Subjects revised in accordance with these Regulations (hereinafter, "New Regulations"), the provisions then in force shall remain applicable.
3      Notwithstanding the provision of the preceding paragraph, the said students may be allowed to take the subjects stipulated in the New Regulations when it is deemed educationally beneficial, as defined by the Headquarters for Education.