The most important aspect of the curriculum is its holistic approach to teaching about the Ryukyu Islands (Amami, Okinawa, Miyako, and Yaeyama), including how people have lived through history, what kind of society and culture they have formed, and the current social realities of living on the islands today. To this end, the department has established four divisions (archeology and prehistory, history, folk culture and anthropology, and sociology and peace studies) with seven specialized seminars. A second important characteristic of the curriculum is its emphasis on education through specialized seminars, which students take for each of their four years. In their freshman seminars, students learn the proper ways and methods for learning and pursuing research at university. In the sophomore, junior, and senior seminars, students progressively deepen their specialized knowledge in one of the department’s divisions. Especially during their junior seminars, students carry out field work in various regions of Okinawa (in some cases, outside the prefecture or overseas), so that they can acquire an understanding of Okinawa based on actual experience—and become leaders of an Okinawa and a Japan rooted in Asia and the world.