Senmon (Major): discipline specific courses

専門教育 Major

Discipline-specific courses offered by the Discovery Program and other faculties are called Senmon or Major in Okayama University’s official terms. In the Discovery Program, this category is further divided as follows:

専門基礎/Major Foundational Courses

Senmon Kiso or Major Foundational courses are introductory courses offered by each department. Discovery students are encouraged to take courses across a wide range of academic disciplines.

This category also includes Discovery Seminars I, II, and III (the courses intended to cultivate intercultural sensibilities, interdisciplinary learning, and critical thinking) and Academic English courses.

専門科目/Major Courses

In Senmon or Major courses,  you will get into the core of a specific field of studies at the undergraduate level.


Practicum includes courses that involve hands-on training and practical experiences, such as laboratory work, internships, fieldwork, study abroad, and independent studies. Some courses offered by other departments may also be applied to this category. 

卒業研究/Senior Project

All Discovery Students will conduct their Senior Projects, year-long capstone research/projects, in the field of their interests. It is an opportunity for the students to integrate what they have learned at Okayama University. TO start a Senior Project, one must:

  • find a faculty member who will agree to supervise your Senior Project
  • have accumulated at least 92 credits   ※Additional rules may apply to a Matching Track student.

In the final academic term, the students will make an oral presentation on their Senior Projects in English in front of peers and faculty members.