Learning at GLA

Lectures and tutorials

As a rule, GLA classes meet twice a week for each subject, which means students will be taking a total of 30 classes for each course. There are two significant benefits to conducting classes in this way.

The first benefit is the level of understanding of the subject. Compared to subjects studied once a week, the number of subjects taken in parallel is halved and so the time that can be spent on a subject increases. As a result, students can gain a deeper understanding of each subject.

The second benefit is the retention of knowledge. Holding classes twice a week does not mean that one-way lectures are held twice in repetition, but rather that students study the same subject in a classroom lecture and then again at a tutorial session. During lectures, instructors hold lectures that encourage a two-way communication between students and the instructor. During tutorials, students are broken up into small groups for group discussions and do group work. The iterative cycle of knowledge input and output is realized through the combination of lectures and tutorials to help cement the knowledge acquired and to build dynamic problem-solving abilities.

Academic Advising

GLA students need to plan their study over the span of four years to achieve their learning goals and pursuing their paths after graduation. However, along the way, perhaps inspired by a class they took, their year at ANU, or their daily lives, their interests may shift. Students may want to review their initial plans and adjust according to their new interests.

In such cases, as students seek to change their academic plans with flexibility, it is important to respect the student's thoughts and desires. However, instead of leaving this decision solely to the student, the Academic Advising Center offers support.

GLA endeavors to provide academic support to each and every student. Namely, GLA provides support through the Academic Advising Center, whose aim is to help students continue charting their course of study through means such as counseling by GLA instructors. The Academic Advising Center uses an online learning portfolio created from each student's records to conduct counseling between the student and counselor. Among other things, the portfolios also help the Academic Advising Center plan seminars around academic skills so that it can continue to support student learning.

Model Study Plans

Each student designs their own course of studies at GLA to pursue their desired career. The following study plan models will be helpful for designing studies.
These study plan models are made presuming several career paths. Each plan indicates examples on how four-year study at GLA links to each career path. Of course, no two career paths are the same, so these study plans are not the only options for pursuing each of the given careers. These study plans act as guidelines for getting the most out of GLA's Academic Support System for designing individual plans of study.

Graduation Requirements

At Ritsumeikan University, one of the requirements to earn a bachelor's degree of Global Liberal Arts is to have earned 124 credits by the time of graduation. Students are required not only to earn the necessary number of credits, but these credits must be earned in a structured curriculum with certain numbers of credits from each subject group, which vary depending on the subject group. In other words, in the four years of study, students must satisfy the number of credits required for each subject group as shown below, as well as the total number of credits required for earning their degree.

Subject Category

Credits Required

Essentials of Global Liberal Arts

32 credits or more

Cosmopolitan Studies

12 credits or more

Civilization Studies

12 credits or more

Innovation Studies

12 credits or more

Japanese Studies Cluster

4 credits or more


0 credits or more

Capstone Studies

12 credits or more


124 credits or more

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