Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

To obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree, ICU students must earn at least 136 credits. They are expected to select their courses in an independent and systematic manner.

For students matriculated (first enrolled) in the 2017 academic year and thereafter


Note: Credit requirements in Languages and Specialized Courses vary according to the student's language proficiency.

The Educational Experience: From Enrollment to Graduation

Once enrolled at ICU, students begin taking courses in Languages (English/Japanese), General Education, Physical Education, and other College-Wide Courses. Students also take foundational courses from a selection of over 30 majors (areas of specialization) in the humanities and sciences, developing core academic skills as they identify their individual interests and aptitudes. This approach comes from ICU's belief in "later specialization," which gives students more time to study a variety of subjects before deciding on a major. ICU encourages its students to nurture a broad perspective and cultivate flexible thinking by experiencing different worlds of knowledge, and form a comprehensive, versatile academic foundation before beginning the process of selecting a major.

At the end of their second year, students choose their majors and set off on more individualized, major-specific tracks. The final leg of the academic journey comes in the fourth year, when students bring together all the things they have learned for a year-long senior thesis project. Although some universities have started to eliminate their senior thesis (research) project requirements, ICU believes that graduation work is a crucial opportunity for students to test the knowledge and abilities that they have cultivated over their four years of undergraduate studies.