Undergraduate Schools and Colleges
Undergraduate Schools and Colleges
The University of Tsukuba's undergraduate education system is organized into undergraduate schools, which in turn are made up of individual colleges. Undergraduate schools are designed to meet the university's educational goals and are responsible for the students' comprehensive education. The colleges belonging to the various schools are responsible for the students' basic education. This organizational system has two main features. The schools and colleges cultivate each student's talents in a broad range of academic fields by encouraging academic endeavors with advisors of various specialties. The schools and colleges also strive to go beyond the existing academic system to create the educational foundations needed for each student's future development. The School of Health and Physical Education and the School of Art and Design are not organized into colleges, but they perform the educational role of colleges.
- School of Humanities and Culture
- Each of the three colleges that make up the School of
Humanities and Culture has distinct and unique features:
The College of Humanities has the responsibility of
providing education in basic fields of study; the College of
Comparative Culture offers education with a special
emphasis on interdisciplinary perspectives; and the College
of Japanese Language and Culture aims to communicate
information on the Japanese language and culture to the
global community. As an unrivaled educational facility
among domestic universities, the school aims at providing
a broad education in both fields of humanities and culture.
The pursuit of learning in the fields of humanities and
culture has accumulated extensive knowledge and
obtained significant results. In response to increasing
tendencies towards globalization throughout the world, our
school aims to provide students with a comprehensive
education that will enable them to play an active role in the
international arena. Our goal is to nurture the next
generation of distinguished individuals who will have strong
communication skills, keen insight, creativity, and
- School of Social and International Studies
- The School of Social and International Studies consists of the College of Social Sciences, which provides comprehensive specialized education in the social sciences, and the College of International Studies, which provides interdisciplinary education focused on the development and practical application of social studies. At the College of Social Sciences, students concentrate their studies on any one of the fields of sociology, law, political science, or economics, while broadening their specialization in related fields of their choice, thus gaining a wider perspective of their field of study. At the College of International Studies, in addition to international politics and law, economics, and cultural anthropology, students also study communications and environmental technology while building their English communication proficiency, thus becoming articulate internationals who can effectively communicate with others.
- School of Human Sciences
- The School of Human Sciences, which consists of the College of Education, the College of Psychology, and the College of Disability Sciences, offers a variety of courses to its students, providing them with a rich and vibrant interdisciplinary academic experience. Within this school, the common core curricula have been expanded to establish communities of learning. Introductory courses in the three colleges are open to all students within the school, and each college encourages students to take some of the advanced classes. Moreover, students can participate in an array of international academic and practical programs, such as the opportunity to do an international internship in Japanese language classes at a secondary school in Thailand.
- School of Life and Environmental Sciences
- Sharing a common motto of "Life and Environment", our school is composed of three colleges: the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Agrobiological Resource Sciences, and the College of Geoscience. In response to the rapid advances in our field in the 21st century, the principal aim of our education program is to nurture and train professionals who possess advanced problem-recognition and problem-solving skills. With their comprehensive insights into our life and environment, our students are also well poised to become leaders with an international perspective.
- School of Science and Engineering
- In addition to its principal fields of science and engineering, the School of Science and Engineering includes several interdisciplinary fields that have been organized into six colleges: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering Sciences, Engineering Systems, and Policy and Planning Sciences. In the areas of science and engineering, our goal is to educate future professionals who possess a high degree of sophisticated, ethical, and flexible insights, practical technical skills, and sure expertise in basic principles and applications that are indispensable in our sustainable society. In addition, we endeavor to guide young talented researchers to demonstrate broad perspectives in exploring their creativity while nurturing their ability to formulate and solve problems.
- College of Mathematics
- College of Physics
- College of Chemistry
- College of Engineering Sciences
- College of Engineering Systems
- College of Policy and Planning Sciences
- School of Informatics
- In the Information society of the future, Japan, a country that prides itself on its technology, faces the crucial task of developing exceptional professionals who will support its information infrastructure. The school of Informatics of our university is dedicated to research in informatics for the 21st century. The school is composed of three colleges: the College of Information Science, the College of Media Arts, Science and Technology, and the College of Knowledge and Library Sciences. Our school is creating leading professionals who deeply understand the science and technology of information and knowledge, and who are qualified to work in the expanding network information society.
- College of Information Science
- College of Media Arts, Science and Technology
- College of Knowledge and Library Sciences
- School of Medicine and Medical Sciences
- The School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at our university offers three courses:
Medicine (physician in six years), Nursing Science (nurse in four years), and Medical Science (laboratory scientist in four years). Japan has national accreditation in the above fields, and the University of Tsukuba achieves excellent results in these examinations. The university's strengths are in its educational policies requiring its students to assess and appropriately resolve the many types of challenges they will encounter in the constantly evolving field of medicine.
- School of Health and Physical Education
- Based on the latest scientific research, the school strives to cultivate the ability of students to be excellent leaders who possess outstanding sports skills alongside attributes such as vitality, leadership, and a comprehensive knowledge of health, sports, and physical education.
Within an intellectual atmosphere, the students learn various sports activities and theories of health and sport sciences. In their sophomore year, they join one of the three professional specializations, which are categorized as 1) Health and Sport Education, 2) Health and Sport Management, and 3) Sport Coaching. In their junior and senior years, the students then major in one of the three academic courses of health and sport sciences: 1) Physical Education and Sport Studies, 2) Health and Human Performance Studies, or 3) Coaching Studies. The final requirement for graduation is the completion of an undergraduate thesis. The school strives to promote exchange programs with foreign universities.
- School of Art and Design
- The Graduation Exhibition of the School of Art and Design is held at the Tsukuba Museum of Art, Ibaraki in every February. For thirty-one years, the School of Art and Design has been offering an undergraduate program of art and design in four fields and fifteen study areas for the enrollment of 100 students, taking advantage of academic environment facing the frontier of science. It aims to educate professional artists, designers or researchers with wider knowledge and creativity. The excellent graduation studies are awarded the Art and Design Prize or Meikeikai Prize, and acquired to the University. We expect the graduates to become advanced professionals capable of working in the international field of art and design in the future.