Politics is the process by which the constituent members of a society jointly reach and implement decisions that assist in the solution of problems arising in that society. Addressing political problems demands a scientific approach, historical understanding, and a vision grounded in philosophy and thought. The Department of Political Science seeks to cultivate well-rounded political citizens, able to tackle political problems with comprehensive powers of judgment and critical faculties, courage, and the ability to put themselves in the place of others.
Students in the Department of Political Science will cultivate the ability to analyze and consider a diverse range of problems, from issues of peace and security and environmental problems on a global scale, to issues of national policy and local issues of resident welfare.
After establishing a foundation in political science in the first year, students begin a developmental and systematic study of three fields: Governance, which focuses on public policy and local politics; International Politics, which considers international relations and diplomacy; and The Media and Politics, which looks at polimetrics and the mass media.
Every year, we hold a Freshers Camp for new university entrants that is planned and organized by second-year students, at which opposing seminar teams hold debates and well-known politicians give lectures. These events open the doors to the self-motivated study of political science.
Pursuing a topic that they set for themselves, students come into contact with real-world situations by engaging in a range of fieldwork activities, for example by collecting information and conducting interviews at Diet offices, administrative agencies, and newspaper companies, ultimately completing a research report of 10,000 Japanese characters or more.
The General Lecture course is organized in cooperation with the Tokyo head office of The Yomiuri Shimbun, and features a series of lectures offered by reporters working in a variety of areas. The course aims to increase students’ media literacy and provide wide-ranging information. We also offer a variety of courses that offer practical guidance, such as English for Current Events and the Yomiuri Career Development Lectures.
Every fall, the Department of Political Science hosts lecture meetings at which well-known Japanese politicians give presentations. It is a tradition of the Department that third-year students select and invite the politicians and organize the events. This is another example of the level of independence enjoyed by students in the Department.
The Department of Political Science has only two mandatory subjects: Foundation Workshop in Political Science and Theory of Political Science. The Department’s curriculum offers students a high degree of freedom of choice in selecting programs of study that fit their career path.
As part of its Career Support Project, the Faculty of Law has established a Civil Service Seminar that offers lectures whose main focus is on third-year students seeking to become civil servants.
In addition to those graduates who make use of their specialized knowledge in order to find positions with the national or regional governments or become diplomats, graduates of the Department of Political Science also join non-profit organizations (NPOs) or internationally active non-governmental organizations (NGOs), entities that work for the public good. Some graduates enter top-level companies, and flourish as exceptional and highly educated members of civil society. The industries in which they are involved span a wide range, including finance, securities, transport, distributions, communications, the mass media and services. Today, reflecting changes to the Political Science curriculum, the proportion of graduates of the department entering the mass media, government service, education, consultancy firms, and non-profit organizations is increasing.