Undergraduate seminar(3rd/4th-year)

2019 Fall Semester

What are 3rd Year Seminars?

Any students interested in advancing to graduate study or finding employment in Japan are strongly encouraged to register for a small-group 3rd year seminar. Although the contents of each individual seminar vary greatly, the main aim of all 3rd year seminars is the same: deepen understanding of a specific field through case studies, journal articles and debate, and master the specialized knowledge and skills necessary for writing an undergraduate thesis.


Grade Evaluation
Major Seminar I/II: Regular grading (A+, A, B, C, or F)


The main aim of the APS Major Seminar is to deepen students’ academic understanding of specific economic social issues, including the background and the structure of those issues, affecting the Asia Pacific region through research and discussion. Students also write academic reports on a chosen topic, which is essential training for further studies. The main fields are ″Environment & Development,″ ″Hospitality & Tourism,″ ″International Relations & Peace Studies″ and ″Culture, Society & Media.″ During their studies, students will further develop the fundamental research methods they acquired during their first two years and deepen their knowledge through analyzing a range of information. Some students may also take part in surveys, interviews or fieldwork in Japan or overseas.

In the APM Major Seminar, students study actual cases to learn about corporate behavior and the business environment. Discussions are held during classes on topics such as accounting and finance, marketing, strategic management and organization, and innovation and economics. To build up their basic knowledge, students will first research a topic designated by the instructor, and then discuss that topic in class. Students later select their own individual topic to research.

What are 4th year seminars?

4th year seminars form the culmination of students’ four years of study at APU. This highly specialized subject allows students to select a topic of interest and conduct focused research over a one-year period.

Students take Research Seminar (2 credits) in the first half of their 4th year. Students who successfully pass this subject are then able to take Undergraduate Thesis (4 credits) the following semester. Only students who pass Research Seminar are able to register for Undergraduate Thesis.


Grade Evaluation
Research Seminar: Pass (P) / Fail (F)
Undergraduate Thesis: Regular grading (A+, A, B, C, or F)



New Seminar Applications (Main seminars / Sub seminars)

*It is highly recommended, although not mandatory, to attend the seminar guidance session
(5/8(Wed)14:15~15:50, F105(E&J Joint)) if you are planning to take seminar course.

Recruitment information 3rd Year Seminar (PDF)   4th Year Seminar (PDF)
Application schedule

Wed., June 19, 2019 at 10:00 – Wed., June 26, 2019 at 16:30:00 (Japan Standard Time)

*Sub-seminar applications should also be submitted during this period.
For more details, please check the Recruitment information.

How to Apply Application Procedure (PDF)
Class・Syllabus list

APS Seminar Course List (PDF)

APM Seminar Course List (PDF)

*To view the syllabus, click on the symbol beside the instructor name
*The class schedule for 3rd-year seminar ('Major Seminar II') on the Syllabus System is temporarily set to 3rd period Saturday by default.
Please be informed that this is a “dummy” schedule.
(Click here for details.)

Seminar guidance session Guidance Material (PDF)
Sub seminars Click here
New application results

3rd Year Seminar (APS) (PDF)
3rd Year Seminar (APM) (PDF)
4th Year Seminar (APS, APM) (PDF)
* Applicants accepted to sub-seminars will be notified through campus terminal shortly.

Other For students enrolled in the Accelerated Graduation Program (PDF)
For students considering participating in an exchange program (PDF)
For students currently participating in an exchange program (PDF)
For_students_scheduled_for_exchange_in_the_7th_semester (Consent Form) (Word)
To 2019 Fall Semester Returning Students (PDF)
To Students Planning to Take a Leave of Absence (PDF)
For students considering a college transfer (PDF)
Cancelling or Changing your seminar (PDF)
New Application for Transfer and Inbound Exchange Students
To 2019 Fall Semester Reenrolling Students (PDF)Download Application (Word)

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