The aim of the General Department is to foster engineers rich in humanity, with broad perspective, and heightened social awareness. This is achieved by having students learn necessary fundamental skills through the study of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, foreign languages, health and physical education and arts.
From first to third grade, students take classes such as Japanese, social studies and arts just as in high school. However, science subjects are more widely covered at Kosen than at high school and proceed to university level. In mathematics, students study the same content as at university in three years, focusing on differential integration. Physics related studies incorporate active learning in first grade, which links with the higher level content in the second and third grades.
In the fourth and fifth grades (corresponding to the first and second year of university), students systematically learn engineering knowledge such as electromagnetism and modern physics. In addition, they have classes such as Communication to gain a better understanding of the diversity of culture and to acquire logical writing skills in Japanese. Science & Technology, Sociology, and Management and Industry are compulsory subjects. Furthermore, humanities and social studies are offered as elective subjects.
The development of good communication skills, including basic foreign language ability, is essential for engineers in the era of globalization. Accordingly, all grades have native instructor taught English classes during the Regular Course, and students can also choose between French and Chinese as a second foreign language in fifth grade.
English Communication class