Everyone, whether as a worker or as a consumer, is involved in economic transactions. As a discipline, economics analyzes the market mechanisms that underpin these economic transactions. The Department of Economics seeks to foster graduates who possess the ability to understand and analyze the diverse aspects of economies, such as theory and substantiation in relation to the market economy, public policy related to social welfare, sophisticated financial systems, complex corporations and organizations engaged in the ceaseless circulation of information, the realities of economic environments regulated by institutions and laws, globalized economic problems, and the transformation of economies in different regions and eras.
In the first year, students build a foundation for further study and cultivate an awareness of economic problems through small-group classes such as Introduction to Economics and our Foundation Seminar. Students gain a grasp of data analysis methods and other subjects for which the Department is renowned, and in the second year they begin specialized educations through subjects tailored to their specific interests.
The Corporate and Institutional Design Course is an advanced curriculum that incorporates new fields of economics. In this course, students focus their attention on strategic thinking and data analysis in relation to our complex IT-based societies and financial economics.
A system enabling students to take the relevant tests as early as possible is essential to fulfilling the goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant, a tax accountant, or a National Tax Officer. The Department of Economics offers students the opportunity to take lecture courses in bookkeeping, one of the basic requirements for the qualification tests, and courses that offer preparation for the test to qualify as a financial planner, free of charge.
The Department of Economics has established an early admission system enabling students achieving outstanding results in their first three years of coursework to graduate from university in the third year and proceed to graduate school. Making use of this system, students can seek to acquire qualifications as tax accountants in a minimum of five years.
The Department of Economics encourages field work involving field surveys related to students’ specific research topics. From the second year, in addition to conducting field studies in Japan, students are able to conduct field surveys in environments including universities, companies, and agricultural communities for two-week periods in countries such as the US, Brazil, and China. Students can also study the socioeconomic situation of the country concerned by means of conducting market and other surveys, and independently complete a report based on their survey results.
We offer a range of international exchange programs intended to cultivate graduates able to flourish on the global stage. The Department of Economics also actively supports students so that they can participate in regular overseas study programs. In addition, in order to develop our students’ ability to communicate in English, from the first year we invite instructors from the British Council, a British international cultural exchange organization, to give classes.
“Socially participatory learning,” a system that allows students to earn credits for participation in volunteer activities, is a unique initiative of the Department of Economics. Following a program of preliminary study, students engage in a variety of practical learning experiences, and present reports concerning their activities.
To encourage an understanding of economics based on a global perspective, in the Surveying Economics course, students read and analyze economic articles in Chinese or English. In the Economic English course, native speakers teach economics in English. These courses enable students to gain language skills that contribute to an understanding of economics from a global perspective.
In addition to liberal arts subjects, in the first year students study computer-related, statistics, and mathematics subjects to cultivate data processing and analysis skills, and a language subject to develop communication skills. Students also develop basic skills in logic, reasoning, analysis, language, and economics by taking introductory subjects such as Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Macroeconomics, the Foundation Seminar, and Present-day Societies and Economies.
In the second year, students select a course of study and map out a career path linked to their field of specialization. For example, a concentration on macroeconomic and microeconomic theory and empirical analysis could lead to a career as a civil servant or tax accountant; the study of financial and economic systems could see the student become a financial planner; a focus on corporations and organizational functions could develop skills in the area of business administration; the study of law and the economy might see the student advance to business school; a focus on case study research and overseas field studies might see the student working on the international stage.
In the third year, students take more highly specialized subjects in line with the specialized area of their research topic. Students also select and join a seminar and advance their research while also clarifying the design of their career path through activities such as internships. For students who wish to advance to graduate school, we also recommend our early admission system, which enables students to complete their degree and advance to graduate school in the third year.
In the fourth year, students choose a topic for research toward their graduation thesis. Under the guidance of seminar supervisors, they continue research into their specific topics, and present the outcomes in graduation theses. The results of research projects on a broad range of topics are presented at graduation thesis presentation sessions.
The majority of graduates of the Department of Economics find employment with private companies spanning a diverse range of industries, including finance, services, and distributions. Some of the department’s students take advantage of classes that assist in the acquisition of qualifications as, for example, tax accountants, certified public accountants, securities analysts, or financial planners, while others look towards careers as government employees. Disciplined daily application offers students of the department a fulfilling university life and the path to a satisfying future.