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.
In their first year, students build a strong foundation through small classes such as Introduction to Economics Preparatory Seminar, Economic Information Processing, and Practical English Communication, where they develop an overall awareness of economic issues. In subsequent years, they focus on topics in line with their interests through one of three specialized programs.
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.
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.
The Faculty offers free 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.
Community Participation Classes are a unique initiative of the Department of Economics that give students credit for volunteer activities.
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.
In addition to general education classes, students boost their data processing and analysis skills through classes in computer science, statistics, and math, and gain communication skills through language classes. The Department’s introductory classes cover the basics of logic, reasoning, analysis, foreign language, and economics.
Students choose from one of three specialized programs as they begin to plan their careers.
Students take advanced class in the field they have chosen. Starting in their third year, they engage in in-depth research on a chosen topic through small group seminars, then write and present their graduation thesis.