Acquire a complex outlook

The complicated problems of the modern world cannot be solved with just one kind of specialized knowledge. This university has established a framework for students to learn subjects, perhaps in more than one department, to cultivate human resources with diverse knowledge and the ability to think from multiple perspectives. In addition, we have prepared more than 70 minors for students who aim to acquire additional structured knowledge. When they complete 20 or more credits from designated subjects in a given course, this is certified as a minor specialization and is imprinted on the student's academic transcript that can be advantageous during the job search process. Completing a minor that makes use of what you learned in your major will likely enrich your life after you leave the university and enter society.

Major + minor

Examples of minors (a selection)

Design and Culture, Marine Biology, Human Media, Psychology, International Studies, Mathematics, Life Science, Nuclear Engineering and Radiation, Ocean Engineering, Culture and Art, Comparative Philosophy, Lifelong Sports, and Japanese Language

Examples of how minors are used

I want to learn about both architecture and design and become a more advanced architect!
Architecture (major) + Design (minor)

I want to use my education to become a political reporter!
Political science (major) + Journalism (minor)

Specialization programs

The seven "specialization programs" (see below) are a further development and evolution of the minor system. They are all focused on advanced areas essential to modern society. Students must acquire at least 40 credits before they will be recognized as having completed one. They involve a lot of essays and tasks so at times it can be difficult to pursue one along with a major, but they allow students to acquire broad, deep knowledge and skills.

Major + Specialization program

List of specialization programs

Campus Name of specialization program Foundational minor
Shonan Campus Practical Journalism Education Journalism
Integrated Arts & Sciences Modern Cultural Studies
Language courses
(English, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Russian, Spanish)
English and Cross-Cultural Understanding / Career English, Chinese Language Course, French Language Course, German Language Course, Korean Language Course, Russian Language Course, Spanish Language Course
ICT Information Processing Digital Communication
Japanese Language Education Japanese Language Education Methodology
Shimizu Campus Maritime Business Management Maritime Business
General Marine Sports Marine Sports

Inter-campus study program

Learning all over Japan

We have configured a curriculum with a high degree of freedom in which students aiming to learn about multiple fields and broaden their viewpoints can take almost any course, even in another school or department. This is not limited to the campus where a student is enrolled and applies to classes given on other campuses. Tokai University has eight campuses throughout Japan and multiple research facilities. Making the most of the advantages of this comprehensive university, we support students' learning through our establishment of an "inter-campus learning program" that allows them to study at a campus or facility in a region other than the one where they are enrolled. To promote the use of this system, we provide support in the form of scholarships and assistance for students to find apartments or lodging.