Curriculum

The Discovery Program offers a interdisciplinary, open curriculum. You can select courses from a wide range of disciplines, combining them to fit your own academic interests and future goals. Consult these pages and your advisors to build your own curriculum.

As a Discovery student, you can enroll in courses offered by the program’s own faculty members in English, as well as by Okayama University’s diverse faculties and departments in Japanese or in English.

Graduation Requirements
Course Categories
Senior Project and Tracks
Declaration Timeline: Tracks and Clusters

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, you must earn at least 124 credits and must complete a year-long Senior Project.

Course Load and Credit Cap

The breakdown of the number of credits you need to accumulate for each course category is shown below.

科目区分
Course Category
必修
(Hisshuu)
Required
選択必修
(Sentaku Hisshuu)
Required Elective
自由選択
(Jiyuu Sentaku)
Elective
Total
教養教育
(Kyoyo kyoiku)
General Education
導入教育
Courses for Introductory Education
2     28
知的理解
Courses for Developing Intellectual Understanding
  4 14
実践知・感性
Courses for Developing Practical Knowledge and Sensitivity
   
汎用的技能と健康
Courses for Developing General Skills and Health
1  
言語
Language Courses
  6
高年次教養
General Education Courses for Senior Undergraduate Students
 
専門教育
(Senmon kyoiku)
Major
専門基礎
(Senmon Kiso)
Major Foundational
共通セミナ
ー科目
Common Seminars
3   80
基盤科目
Basic Courses
6 61
アカデミック英
語科目
Academic English
アカデミック日
本語科目
Academic Japanese
専門科目
(Senmon Kamoku)
Major Courses
基本
(Kihon)
Fundamental
課題
(Kadai)
Subject-Specific
実践
(Jissen)
Practicum
卒業研究
(Sotsugyo Kenkyu)
Senior Project
10
専⾨教育⼜は教養教育
(Senmon Kyoiku and/or Kyoyo Kyoiku)
16 16
Total 16 17 91 124

NOTE:
Required: Courses that must be completed by all students.
Required Elective: A category of courses from which a given number of credits must be earned.

Course Categories

At Okayama University, courses are divided into two categories:

Courses

IMPORTANT: Credits accumulated under the Kyoyo category do not carry over to the Senmon Kyoiku category, and vice versa. However, depending on your chosen curriculum, you need to take additional courses (e.g. prerequisites for Senmon courses in science) even if the credits earned may exceed the required number.

Senior Project and Tracks

In the final year of your study, you will conduct a year long Senior Project. The Senior Project can be conducted either under the supervision of

  • Discovery Faculty in English, or
  • The members of Participating Faculties in Japanese (or in some cases in English)

The former is called the Discovery Track; the latter is called the Matching Track.