Department of Human Cultures
  • Hachioji Campus
Teikyo University Junior College Department of Human Cultures

With small-group education that makes the most of individuality
Ability to respond to globalization
Acquire knowledge about tradition

We have established areas to expands the possibilities of career choices, focusing on English proficiency to play an active role in a globalized modern society, calligraphy to motivates students to acquire knowledge and inherit Japanese traditions, and the basic research on human society and psychology. The curriculum is based on small-group education that makes the most of each student's individuality, and students acquire basic skills that are immediately useful in society.

Department of Human Cultures Close-UP

Department of Human Cultures

Mastering the ability to be flexible by thinking and acting
In the "Arts and Social Contribution" class, we hold a workshop in collaboration with an adjacent kindergarten, aiming to improve the skills of versatile abilities when going out to society. Children and students work together to create art works by applying things that children are interested in, such as slime and crepus. In the class, we consider what kind of methods and tools can be used to make children happy while actually moving their hands. At the workshop, students acquire the ability to respond flexibly and communicate with people of different ages, and learn a lot from children while feeling a new perspective on things. These create a cycle of learning together.

Take the TOEIC® test online
The TOEIC IP test is conducted as part of the English classes in Department of Human Cultures. Students take the TOEIC Bridge L&R IP test online in 1st year and the TOEIC L&R IP test 2nd year. The aim is not only to know their own English ability, but also to have them work on their English learning with goals. According to the survey, 93.5% of 1st year students and 83.3% of 2nd year students who took the test answered that the test was useful in confirming their English ability. In addition, 61.3% of 1st year and 50.0% of 2nd year answered that their interest in TOEIC increased.


The curriculum consists of English, life design exercises, and basic exercises as compulsory subjects, which can be systematically taken in combination with various elective subjects. We focus on linking each person's interests and future career design and learning independently. Students can also take some of the courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Teikyo University as an open curriculum.


Syllabus of the Department of Human Cultures

Class Introduction


english communication
Among the seven learning axes of the Department of Department of Human Cultures, English communication classes are held to promote cross-cultural understanding. The theme of the day is movies. First, watch the “Mr. Bean” DVD without subtitles, then share the high-level story with the entire class. Furthermore, by listening only to the audio of the conversations, memorizing expressions by saying them aloud, and asking questions related to the theme with teachers and students, students will acquire real-life English. All classes are conducted in English under the guidance of native-speaking teachers. When asked why, he replied, "Practice makes perfect." In fact, students who were confused at first gradually became accustomed to listening and became able to converse naturally. This is an important class for taking the first step into the international community.

Psychological system

Psychological research practice
What kind of image do you have of psychology? Do you expect a technique that you might be able to read people's minds if you study psychology? In reality, it's not that easy. In this class, students take up the whole psychological research, and a series of psychological research such as what kind of problem consciousness is come from, what kind of method is used, what kind of result was obtained, and how it is concluded. From the "researcher's point of view", students study the subject of psychology, such as how to pursue psychologically what we are wondering about on a daily basis. By acquiring this kind of psychological perspective, we aim to be able to think deeply about things without prejudice.

Career and life design psychology
Have you read the biographies of historical figures? It is not a great biography for boys and girls, but a biography based on accurate history. Rather than the figure of a great man who has made a name for himself in history, there is a conflict in the heart of the same human being as us. In this class, we use biographical materials to think about human life from the theory of identity throughout the life of historical figures. Understanding that person's identity is important when trying to understand others. Because identity gives us coherence in our attitudes, behaviors and emotions. The identity theory gives a deeper understanding of the attitudes, behaviors, and emotions of historical figures, and the life of historical figures brings the identity theory to life. This is a class that makes your identity more familiar to you.

Psychology of love and marriage
If you are asked "Please tell us about your love and marriage," I think you can talk about your love and marriage as much as you can from your life experience. Love and marriage are so familiar and very delicate because they include personal values. In this class, instead of stepping into individual values, we approach from identity theory what makes humans happy and what we can do to maintain that state of happiness. "Psychology of Career and Life Design" mainly focuses on identity and career, but in this class, we focus on identity and interpersonal relationships.

Art system

There are various students taking the course, but the feelings are the same, "I want to draw a picture." Beginning by observing various things, students learn how to sharpen pencils and how to choose paper, which are the basics of postures and tips when drawing things. In this class, the goal is not just to acquire expression skills. Drawing an object means recognizing and expressing the object by making the field of view sometimes micro and sometimes macro. It is an opportunity to notice various phenomena in the habit of observing things and in daily life. There are many lessons to be learned in observing things closely and expressing what they recognize. And above all, students will be aware of sensitive and beautiful things.

Art and social contribution
The subject name "Art and Social Contribution" may sound a little stiff, but it is commonly known as "Geisha". We visit the adjacent Teikyo University Kindergarten and hold a production workshop with the children. (Named "Waku Waku Work") In this class, we plan and conduct the workshop that we prepare. By intervening in production, we create a learning cycle in which "joy and fun of production" will occur for children, and "learning and awareness together" will occur for students, kindergarten teachers, and teachers. We hold four workshops in half a year. It will be a valuable place to experience the field for students who want to become teachers or want to transfer to the Faculty of Education.

The expression is interesting and fun. And there is learning as well as fun. With the spread of personal computers, mobile phones, and smartphones, it has become more common to check things on the LCD screen. This phenomenon causes various problems in modern society, as the chances of feeling the reality of things are extremely reduced. It is necessary to experience manual manufacturing positively and consciously because it is modern. This lesson starts with the handling of equipment materials and makes a simple version. We look for own expression while working. Through these, students reaffirm the reality of things, enjoy the joy of expressing yourself, and learn to express yourself. The sense of accomplishment of the completion of the work is something that cannot be experienced in everyday life.

Calligraphy system

Introduction to calligraphy culture
This is a course to think about the relationship between books and letters found in Japanese culture from various perspectives. From ancient times when you started using Chinese characters as Japanese notation to modern calligraphy culture, students learn a wide range of calligraphy and character culture that has been passed down to the present day. Such Japanese calligraphy culture has the potential to spread to various related academic fields such as Japanese literature, history, art history, and calligraphy history. In the class, students study learning the connection between traditional Japanese culture and calligraphy by utilizing related reference materials and actual handwriting materials from hundreds of years ago.

Appreciation of famous sites
We learn about the history and appreciation of highly acclaimed calligraphic masterpieces in an easy-to-understand manner. Currently, there are about 2,000 handwritings and books designated as national treasures and important cultural properties in Japan. In addition, there are many works that are highly regarded as famous, even if they are not designated products. When appreciating Japanese handwriting materials, which are considered to be such famous traces, it is possible to lead to a deeper appreciation by knowing the specific points of appreciation, the person who wrote it, and the background of the production. This class also considers the changes in the view of famous names by people of each era, such as the famous handwritings of each era that you see in museums and materials that have a history that was once respected as a famous site but are not highly evaluated in modern times.

Children's character education and research (board writing technique)
Writing on the board is a basic skill of school teachers, and it can be said that teachers' board writing is extremely important, especially in elementary and junior high schools. The ability to write accurately by handwriting is the basis of each subject instruction, and the teacher's board writing in class at each educational site greatly affects the learning comprehension of students. In this class, we aim to develop the ability of teaching to write on the board at school from the relationship with "calligraphy culture". Through the board writing, which is familiar to students, we aim to develop the ability to understand and properly copy letters, to cultivate a sense of letters, and to deepen interest in letters. We learn the writing principles of Chinese and Kana characters, and acquire the basic skills to write correctly and beautifully in vertical and horizontal writing.


Grading Criteria

About our GPA System

The intent behind our implementation of a GPA (Grade Point Average) system is to (1) create a unified standard for the campus, (2) have it function as an impartial standard, and (3) have it function as an internationally accepted standard. Our GPA system involves the assessment learning achievements using an objective numerical value called GPA. Additionally, this system generally conforms with the grade assessment systems adopted by universities in the West, and can be used overseas as an index used to certify a student’s academic ability when studying abroad, when going on to graduate school overseas, when finding employment at a non-Japanese companies operating in Japan, and so on.

Display of Grades and Assessment Criteria

Classification Grading Criteria GPA Grading Criteria Details of Assessment Description of English
Pass S. 4.0 90 percent or higher Represents particularly excellent grades. (Excellent)
A 3.0 80 percent Represents excellent grades. (Good)
B. 2.0 70 percent Represents grades recognized as adequate. (Satisfactory)
C. 1.0 60 percent Represents the minimum grade acceptable as a pass. (Pass)
Fail D. 0.0 Less than 60 percent This means that the student has not reached the minimum grade acceptable as a pass. It also includes the lack of class attendance, the fact that the exams for the class have not been taken, and so on. (Failure)
Not applicable N - - Indicates that course credit acquired another university or other institution during a study-abroad program or prior to a transfer to our university, has been certified as course credit for our university (courses where credit has been certified). (Credits Transferred)

GPA Calculation Method

GPA Calculation Method

Credit Recognition

To earn credits

  1. Students register for courses on the web thorugh the portal site and confirm their course registration. This must be done in both the first and second semesters.
  2. Students attend classes. There are 15 class in both the first and second semesters.
    Normally, 2-credit courses consist of attendance at each class (90 minutes) and preparation and review (about 2 hours each). In order to earn the credits, students must attend all classes (from the 1st to the 15th) as a matter of course, and also deepen their understanding through preparation and review.
  3. Depending on subjects, students are required to take exam or submit reports (accreditation methods vary from lecturers).
  4. Grades of S, A, B or C mean that students have passed the course and earned the credit. Grade of D means that students has failed the course and not earned any credit. If students receive a grade of D for a compulsory subject, they require to take it again the following year or later.
    Courses which students have already earned credit cannot be retaken.
  5. About Academic Grades
    • Academic grades are assessed based on final examinations at the end of the semester (written exams, oral exams, practical exams, or reports). However, depending on courses, mini tests, reports, attendance, and academic progress during class may be evaluated as regular points, or assessments may be carried out based on the regular points only.
    • Academic grades are issued on the transcript with only the evaluation. 
    • Courses which students have passed once cannot be erased or retaken.
    • Transcripts of result is issued on the portal site every semester.
    • If you have questions about your grades, such as not receiving a grade despite taking an exam (submitting a report) after the results have been announced, please come to school at the beginning of the next semester (in principle, by the first week of classes) and ask your teacher directly. If your teacher has left the school and you are unable to make inquiries, please notify the Academic Affairs Office.

Minimum number of credits required for graduation (For students enrolled in 2022)

Course Type Category (Compulsory or Elective) Number of credits required for graduation
Comprehensive basic subjects I: How to Study at University
II: Learning About People's Minds and Ideas
III: Learning About History and Culture
IV: Learning About How Society and the Economy Work
V: Learning How the Law and Politics Work
VI: Learning the Laws of Nature and Mathematical Science
VII: Learning About the Global Environment and Life Sciences
Elective 12
Specialized education subjects Compulsory subjects Compulsory 18 50
Elective compulsory subjects Optional compulsory 12
Elective subjects Elective 20
Total 62

[About specialized education subjects]

  • * Compulsory subjects are a group of subjects to learn the basics of communication in this department and to acquire basic abilities as a university student.
  • * At least 12 credits of elective compulsory subjects must be earned from "Intercultural Communication I / II", "Introduction to Calligraphy Culture I / II", "Art and Social Contribution I / II", and "Psychology Research Practice I / II".
  • *  The elective courses are grouped into broad fields of study, and students can select courses from the fields that they are interested in and earn credits.