The Aoyama Standard


In order to have students at AGU acquire basic knowledge and methodology, all students learn together, superseding school or departmental boundaries. Students learn by questioning what truly necessary education is in order to live life fully as an individual and strongly.

The Aoyama Standard is a common curriculum for the education of all students, which was developed under a new perspective by the faculty members of all schools and departments. Specialized faculty members from various disciplines teach students directly, superseding school and departmental boundaries.

By acquiring learning skills through a unique curriculum, the fundamental abilities of students for learning their own fields of specialty are nurtured, regardless of what school or department they belong to. Furthermore, these abilities are also helpful to students after they graduate when they work to solve various issues in the workplace.


Students will come into contact with Christianity, the foundation of the school, and with the culture of humanity, society, nature and history, which supports us at the core, and will nurture their fundamental skills.

Lists subjects of the core curriculum for 1st and 2nd year students
Subjects related to Understanding Christianity

Students come into contact with Christianity, the founding spirit of the school, and nurture spiritually rich world views and religious views.

1st year 2nd year
  • Introduction to Christianity l
  • Old Testament and the Understanding of Humanbeings
  • Christianity and Natural Science
  • Christianity and Ecological Ethics
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Women in the World of the New Testament
  • Introduction to Christianity ll
Subjects related to Understanding Humanity

Students come close to the essence of the existence of humanity through culture, art and methods of thought created by humanity.

1st year 2nd year
  • Self-Understanding (Coordinated Courses)
  • Self-Understanding (Independent Courses)
  • Philosophy A, B
  • Logic A, B
  • Ethics A, B
  • Linguistics A
  • Japanese Linguistics A, B
  • Literature A, B
  • Fine Arts A, B
  • Music A, B
  • Cultural Anthropology A, B
  • Comparative Cultural Studies A, B
  • Psychology A, B
  • Pedagogy A, B
  • Interpersonal Communication A, B
  • Culture and Communication A, B
Subjects related to Understanding Society

How should we respond to societal issues? We delve into how you would think, and what action you would take.

1st year 2nd year
  • Problems in Modern Society (Coordinated Courses)
  • Problems in Modern Society (Independent Courses)
  • Law (Japanese Constitution Contained)
  • International Political Economy A, B
  • Introduction to International Relations A, B
  • Sociology A, B
  • Modern Society and Human Education A, B
  • Economics A, B
  • Information Social Science A, B
  • Population Problems A, B
  • The Mass Media and Society
  • Data Science
  • Gateway to the International Business A, B
  • Sensitivity-driven Business A, B
  • A Basic Manufacturing and Developing Human Resources in a Company
Subjects related to Understanding Nature

Students learn the mechanisms of various natural phenomena, while maintaining an awareness of the relationship between nature, humanity and society.

1st year 2nd year
  • Perspective of Science and Technology (Coordinated Courses)
  • Perspective of Science and Technology (Independent Courses)
  • History of Technology A, B
  • Mathematics in Daily Life
  • Introduction to Mathematical Science l, ll
  • Viewpoint of Mathematical Science Mathematical Model
  • Introduction to Natural Science A, B
  • A Cultural Approach to Science and Technology A, B
  • Modern Physics Life Science
  • Genome
  • Space Science
  • Wild Bird Ecology
  • Birds and Living Thing Diversity
  • Plant Ecology
  • Mechanical World
  • Technology of Management
  • Advanced Electronics
  • Environmental Science A, B
  • Physical Geography A, B
  • Nature and Ethics
  • History of Life and Earth
  • History of Science
  • Ecological Systems
  • MGenetics
Subjects related to Understanding History

Students deepen their understanding of the history of humanity and civilization, while linking such to themselves as beings living in the present.

1st year 2nd year
  • History and Humankind (Coordinated Courses)
  • History and Humankind (Independent Courses)
  • The History of Aoyama Gakuin University
  • Social History of Japan A, B
  • Introduction to Mathematical Science l, ll
  • History of China A, B
  • History of Europe A, B
  • Modern History A~D
  • Modern Physics Life Science
  • Archaeology A, B
  • History of Scientific Thought A, B

The role of Aoyama Standard courses

A bridge to a professional education

During their first year, students will master the "learning skills" absolutely necessary for continuing studies at university.

Learning Skills
  • Ability to independently investigate and compile ideas
  • Ability to make a persuasive presentation in front of others
  • Ability to conduct debate with others
The role of the navigator in self-discovery

It provides learning and skills from various disciplines that are useful for further studies at university and for enhancing the quality of life for the future.

Useful learning and skills
  • Review interests and obtain information and knowledge that provide hints for deciding own area of specialization
  • Knowledge and skills useful for building a future career
  • Wisdom and knowledge, etc. that will sustain students when they establish themselves in society
Practical abilities necessary as a member of society
  • Ability to independently find topics and understand them
  • Ability to independently interpret and plan
  • Ability to accurately express one's own ideas and persuade others
  • Ability to communicate appropriately to suit the situation
  • Ability to set a particular goal and to act upon it