Department of International Studies

Department of International Studies
Department of Global and Transcultural Studies

The Department of International Studies promotes classes that shine a light on the turbulent parts of an international society. Classes are taught by specialists with extensive international experience and that are specialized in education and research relating to humanities and social science. This helps develops students that are considerate of others and promotes character development that will benefit students internationally. The Department expects students to be full of intellectual curiosity, quick thinking, proactive, and willing to work enthusiastically with people from many cultures on the international stage.

Department of International Studies

Features of the Department of International Studies


Choose from six majors according to your interests

Students can freely coordinate their learning by choosing their major according to their interests from the three interdisciplinary themes of “Peace,” “Environment,” and “Multicultural Society,” and the three academic disciplines of “Cultural Studies,” “Economics,” and “Law and Politics.


Learn in English, together with exchange students in specialist foreign language classes

Students study international issues using English as a tool they have acquired, and honed, through our extensive English curriculum. At the same time, students learn foreign languages including English in small classes of approximately twenty-five students.


Learn from instructors familiar with regions around the world

In the Regional Studies course the Department offers many subjects so that students can learn about various regions around the world, including Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East. Instructors with deep knowledge of each region introduce them from the perspective of economics, politics, and culture, engaging students in considering and proposing solutions for issues relevant to each place..


Fieldwork in Japan and overseas

From their second year, students explore themes that they propose themselves in seminar-based and practical courses. Fieldwork is an opportunity for students to reinforce what they have learned in class and gain experience. Students spend one to two weeks on-site, learning alongside instructors.


Learn about international society through a range of different exchange styles

In addition to short-term, medium-term, and long-term exchanges, the Department offers and provides support for a range of exchange programs, among others, to gain overseas experience, such as exchange programs that allow students to study while working at Walt Disney World Resort ®, internships where they work as a teaching assistant in Australia, and opportunities to become a UN Youth Volunteer. Another feature of the Department is the ability to engage in in-depth dialogue with exchange students from overseas, all while remaining on campus.


Obtain a double degree from San Francisco State University and Meiji Gakuin University

Through our double degree program, it is possible to acquire degrees from both Meiji Gakuin University and San Francisco State University. This program allows students to obtain bachelor’s degrees from both universities in four and a half to five years, which includes a two-year exchange.

Flow of the 4-Year Program

First year: Starting from the basics with small-group specialized foreign language lectures and seminars

Develop the skills to study at university, train your mind to engage in high-level study of interdisciplinary humanities and social science through basic seminars consisting of groups of an average of about fifteen students, and basic lectures consisting of groups of about forty students.


Second year: Selecting from majors and seminars in six fields and pursuing further research

Students select their majors from six fields, such as “Peace Studies,” “Environmental Issues,” and “Multicultural Societies,” and search for their own research themes while engaging in cross-sectional study.


Third year: Experiencing exchanges and off-campus study (as preparation for becoming international citizens). Deepening knowledge of applied subjects

Students can experience a range of internships, both in Japan and overseas, including long-term foreign exchanges. The department also provides a full range of applied subjects, with lectures in English, which students take alongside exchange students from overseas.


Fourth year: Writing a graduation thesis that integrates the student’s knowledge

At seminars, students complete a graduation thesis as the culmination of their four years of study, while exploring their own research themes and engaging in applied subjects.


Paths after Graduation

Many graduates of the Department of International Studies are active beyond international borders, just as the name suggests. Also, there is an ongoing trend for Japanese workplaces to become more international, which creates even more opportunities for graduates to play an active role. Graduates’ careers span diverse areas, such as information technology, media and creative areas, and non-profit organizations (NPOs). Some graduates go on to become public servants or teachers, and each year, around 5 graduates proceed to post graduate study.

Ratio of candidates for employment by industry (Fiscal 2014-2016)