Every adult member of society engages in economic transactions. Economics is the study of the market mechanisms behind these transactions. In the Department of Economics, we train a future workforce capable of understanding and analyzing various aspects of the economy, including the theory and practical study of market economics, public welfare policies, advanced finance systems, complex corporations and other organizations engaged in the exchange of information, the realities of the economic system as determined by laws and regulations, the problems of a globalized economy, and the economic changes that have occurred across time and place.
The Department offers many opportunities for students to engage in fieldwork on a chosen theme. Starting in their second year, students may take two-week research trips to sites in such countries as the United States, Australia, and China, where they undertake studies at universities, companies, and rural communities, among other locations. Students also conduct interviews, affording them the chance to observe the local society and economy, and are expected to take the initiative in all aspects of their research, from the fieldwork itself to writing reports on their findings.
In experimental economics classes, students gain a strong sense of real-world economics by playing games modeled on actual economic interactions and tactical situations. In behavioral economics classes, they study theories of human behavior that weave psychology into economics. By understanding the ways in which humans are influenced by psychological factors, students come to realize the irrationality of their own actions and those of people around them.
Aside from the support provided to all students by the university’s Career Center, students of the Department of Economics can take advantage of the Department’s own extracurricular guidance program. This program incorporates lectures by external speakers with experience of working for the personnel, hiring, and training departments of major corporations, as well as mock interviews and guidance in promoting oneself to prospective employers.
The Faculty offers courses to help students prepare for bookkeeping and financial-planner certification tests, which form the basis for later certification as a CPA or tax accountant.
Through class-based instruction, students will build a foundation for economics across a wide range of fields. In the second year, students take a preparatory class as a prerequisite for more specialized seminars that begin in the third year. In their specialized seminars, students will find a research theme of interest from among a variety of research topics and pursue their field of specialization in depth through small-group seminars.
We analyze situations between entities in both antagonistic and cooperative relationships as if they were in a single “game.” In doing so, students will develop their ability to think strategically and acquire the tools needed to decipher social and economic issues.
Through participation in volunteer activities, students will develop their initiative, proactivity, communication skills, self-management skills, and leadership potential. By meeting people from different generations and those with a different sense of values, students will gain opportunities to reflect on themselves.