Liberal Arts Education

Hiroshima University Liberal Arts Education Course Completion Regulations

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Article 1. These Regulations shall prescribe matters necessary to the completion of liberal arts education courses at Hiroshima University, based on stipulations set forth in Article 19, Paragraph 3 of Hiroshima University General Provisions (April 1, 2004 Regulation No. 2).

(Subject Categories & Educational Goals:)
Article 2. The subject categories and educational goals of the liberal arts education courses shall be as shown in the following table.

Subject CategoryEducational Goal

Core Subjects

Liberal Arts Seminars To boost motivation toward intellectual activities at an early stage following admission and cultivate logical/critical thinking and appropriate capacity for self-expression in order to orient students toward university education supported by independent learning.
Peace Subjects To think about and deepen understanding of peace from a variety of perspectives, including war/conflict, the abolishment of nuclear weapons, poverty, starvation, population growth, the environment, education, and culture.
Package-based Subjects To realize the true meaning and expanse of knowledge, and understand historical/modern issues facing humankind and societies while organically linking several classes.
Common Subjects Foreign Language Subjects To acquire the general knowledge and competence of judgment needed to grasp overall concepts from broad perspectives through themes of modern and interdisciplinary/comprehensive topics, or frontline research and social issues.
Information Subjects To acquire the basic knowledge and skills for appropriately processing information necessary to problem solving, and master basic knowledge concerning problems involving online morals and an information-oriented society.
Realm-based Subjects To study the manner of creation and cultivation of the knowledge accumulated by humans and the reasons for underlying approaches through subjects in various academic disciplines, while taking cultural/societal perspectives into consideration.
Health & Sports Subjects To study scientific theories of physical strength/health promotion and practice sports suited to one's own characteristics and level of sports skill to acquire social skills related to attitude/manners and cooperation in order to enjoy sports over one's lifetime.
Basic Subjects To acquire the knowledge/skills necessary to the logical frameworks, organization, and academic formulation of basic study by learning the fundamental knowledge needed to study various specialized fields, as an introduction to specialized education, which has organic relevance to specialized education.

(Class Subjects & No. of Credits, etc.:)
Article 3. The class subjects established as liberal arts education courses (hereafter, Class Subjects), the number of credits, etc. shall be as shown in the Appended Tablepdf

(2) The class schedule shall be announced at the start of the academic year.

(Methods of Completion:)
Article 4. The methods of completion of liberal arts education courses shall be as provided for in the by-laws of each faculty.

(Standard for Calculating No. of Credits:)
Article 5. The number of credits for Class Subjects shall be calculated in accordance with the following standards, appropriate to class methods.

 [1] Lectures shall be 1 credit for 15 hours of class.

 [2] Seminars and practical training shall be 1 credit for 30 hours of class

 [3] Laboratory work shall be 1 credit for 45 hours of class.

(2) In the case of classes for a single Class Subject conducted through a combination of 2 or more methods, calculation of credits shall be prescribed in terms of the class time for each class method, in consideration of the standards set forth in the preceding paragraph, so that 45 hours of study shall be required for 1 credit of a Class Subject.

(3) Notwithstanding the stipulations set forth in the preceding 2 paragraphs, the matters in the following items shall be as prescribed in said items.

 [1] General education seminars shall be 1 credit for 15 hours of class.

 [2] Information utilization basics and information utilization seminars for Information Subjects shall be 1 credit for 15 hours of class.

(Completion Procedure)
Article 6. When a student intends to take a Class Subject, s/he must carry out a predetermined procedure within a specified period in each semester. However, for a Class Subjects that restricts the number of participants, in some cases s/he may not be granted approval to take a class even if the predetermined procedure was carried out.

(2) In cases where the predetermined procedure stipulated in the preceding paragraph was not carried out, a student shall not be granted approval to take said Class Subject. However, approval may be given with the permission of the teacher in charge of said Class Subject only if special circumstances exist.

(3) As a rule, a Class Subject for which credits have already been acquired may not be taken.

Article 7. As a rule, an examination shall be given at the end of every semester. However, ordinary performance outcomes or a report may be substituted for examination results depending on the Class Subject.

(2) The examination method and date shall be announced in advance.

(3) In cases where a student attends less than two-thirds of the classes held, s/he will not be granted approval to take an examination. However, in cases where absence follows a predetermined procedure and is recognized as being due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances, the decision shall be left to the teacher in charge of said Class Subject.

(Supplementary Examinations)
Article 8. A person who was unable to take an examination due to one of the following items may take a supplementary examination.

 [1] Absence due to the death of a spouse or a person within the third degree of kinship

 [2] Injury or illness (restricted to instances of hospitalization or equivalent circumstance)

 [3] Natural disaster or other extraordinary disaster

 [4] Sudden accident of public transport

 [5] Other unavoidable circumstances

(2) As a rule, a person intending to take a supplementary examination must submit a request to the dean of the faculty to which s/he belongs within 1 week after the implementation of the examination for said Class Subject, along with the predetermined application to take a supplementary examination and validation of the reason.

(3) As a rule, a person who is granted a supplementary examination must take the supplementary examination on a date and at a time designated by the teacher in charge of said Class Subject.

(4) The implementation period for the supplementary examination shall be within 3 weeks after the implementation of the examination for said Class Subject.

(Miscellaneous Provision)
Article 9. In addition to the regulations prescribed here, matters necessary to the completion of liberal arts education course shall be prescribed by the Headquarters for Liberal Arts Education.


Supplementary Provisions(March 11, 2014 Regulation No. 12)

1. This regulation shall come into effect from April 1, 2014.

2. About the liberal arts education course of student who entered a school before FY2013, it depends on the example as before regardless the revised Hiroshima University liberal arts education course completion regulations (Hereafter called "New rule") by this rule

3. Notwithstanding the stipulations set forth in the preceding paragraph, when deemed educationally beneficial, in some cases the completion of Class Subjects stipulated in the New Regulations shall be approved, as provided for by the Headquarters for Liberal Arts Education.