The Faculty of Economics consists of three departments, namely the Department of Economics, the Department of Business Administration, and the Department of International Business, and is the largest faculty in the university, with more than 600 students enrolled at each grade level. Economics is an extremely broad-based field of study that deals with the movements and interconnections of everything including people, things and services. The study of economics has largely changed in recent years accompanying the development of an information society and a global economic expansion. In accordance with this trend, the Faculty of Economics has introduced various initiatives to its education program, such as establishing a course on corporate and institutional design in the Department of Economics, increasing practical lectures by business experts in the Department of Business Administration, and requiring all students in the Department of International Business to participate in an overseas study program. We hope our students will use the valuable knowledge and experience they acquire here to their advantage when they go out into the world.
Leo Murata, Director, Faculty of Economics
Economics is an extremely broad field of learning that takes the movements of people, money, and material things as its objects of study. It is a practical science that connects directly to the lives of individuals and of groups. In the Faculty of Economics, the objective of study in every department is first of all to acquire the fundamental skills of the field in question. At the same time, efforts are also devoted to gaining the ability to gather relevant information and to communicate with other people, with the aim of developing talented people who possess a healthy ethical sense together with the knowledge of economics that will fit them to play active roles in society. The department also provides a large number of practical courses in which the foundation skills students have acquired are applied to actual situations so that they will gain the ability to deal flexibly with the diversity of economics and new changes that take place. Our aim is to foster students who, through their learning, acquire a sense of balance and become “economic players with a conscience.”
The Faculty of Economics confers the bachelor of arts degree on students who have spent the specified period of time as registered students, who have acquired the fundamental skills of the particular department in accordance with the Educational Objectives and Human Resource Development Objectives of the Faculty, and who at the same time are “economic players with a conscience” who have also acquired practical competence. In order to receive an academic degree, students must have taken the courses arranged by their respective departments and acquired the required number of credits.
The academic curriculum is organized in accordance with the Faculty’s Educational Objectives and Human Resource Development Objectives and in line with the policies set forth by the respective departments. In the specialized education courses, the seminars (including the graduation thesis) and the internships are provided as courses common to all the departments. The specialized education courses in other departments within the Faculty of Economics are positioned as courses in adjacent fields so that, in principle, all students in the Faculty of Economics can take those courses.
There is no particular requirement that applicants possess knowledge of economics, but it is hoped that they will have wide-ranging interest in and concern for the economies and enterprises in which Japan is involved. Therefore applicants are expected to have made a thorough study of the basic courses they took in high school, leaving nothing out. It is also crucial to have the ability to express one’s own thinking in other to communicate with other people. An admission preparation program to be taken as a correspondence course is provided for applicants who have passed the special entrance examination, and opportunities are provided for independent study.