Curriculum Design Policy

We focus on the following four issues: “Earth Environment”, “Risk and Security”, “Social Diversity and Inclusiveness”, and “Human Health and Wellbeing”. The students will learn these in a cross-sectoral manner. In the first half of the curriculum, in addition to taking liberal arts courses, the students acquire a basic knowledge of the global issues. Some courses are held at International Christian University. In the second half, while acquiring specialized knowledge on each issue in the seminars and practical training emphasizing dialogue and practice, the students select an issue for specialized research. They engage in a graduation research or long-term practical training that can contribute to the society. In all the classes, the medium of teaching is English.

Based on the above policy, the curriculum of BPGI is set as follows:


General Foundation Subjects(26.5 credits)

Freshman seminar、Physical Education、Information Literacy、Foreign Languages、ICU Liberal Arts Courses etc.
Through the subjects offered in BPGI, the students cultivate the following skills, attitude, and knowledge:

  1. Knowledge and communication skills that contribute to an international success.
  2. Skills to develop familiarity with sports, arts, and cultural activities.
  3. Attitude to cherish relationship between nature and humans and skills necessary to contribute to the society.
  4. General knowledge to address global issues related to earth environment and human society.

Foundation Subjects for Major (12 credits)

General Introduction to Global Issues

Learn about the complexity, dimensions, and depth of global issues that cannot be solved from the perspective of only a single discipline.
Learn about the efforts of each country in the international community, in corporate strategies, in the United Nations system, etc. by developing a global perspective.

Methodology for Global Issues

Learn about methods and gain transferable skills necessary to tackle global issues. Learn about career development and design a unique career plan by having an understanding of different global activities and jobs.

Literacy in Global Issues (Environment)

Learn the fundamentals of natural science necessary to tackle global issues and cultivate science, technology, and global environmental literacy.

Literacy in Global Issues (Human)

Learn the fundamentals of human science necessary to tackle global issues and cultivate literacy in social inclusiveness and information.

Major Subjects(Lectures)(33.5 credits)

You acquire a specialized knowledge necessary to address global issues. Guidance in selection of courses is provided so that you can acquire not only a general knowledge that everyone should acquire, but also acquire a specialized knowledge based on their interest, which can be central to their career selection in future.

Major Subjects(Practical Training/Seminars)(48 credits)

To ensure that you acquire the above skills and demonstrate leadership in addressing the global issues in the society after graduation, we provide practical training in the PBL approach. To be more specific, you conduct surveys on the environments and stakeholders in the fields facing global issues and participate in the discussions on the global issues, imitating a UN conference.

  1. Fundamental study of various issues of earth environment and human society
  2. Specific and methodological knowledge to tackle various issues related to earth environment and human society
  3. Ability to apply creativity and imagination to create a new future
  4. Communication and presentation skills in multiple fields
  5. Analytical and management skills for solving problems
  6. Development of creativity to solve problems and the ability to conduct surveys

Graduation Research or Internship(6 credits)

As a compilation of what you have learned in the four years, you engage in a graduation research or internships (long-term practical training) in order to prove that you have acquired the ability to identify an issue and find a solution to it on your own. In consultation with BPGI faculty members, you can choose topics freely, considering how you want to address the global issues in the future.