Everyone engages in financial dealings, whether as a supplier or consumer. Economics is the analysis of the market structures that govern financial transactions. The Department develops personnel who are able to analyze all aspects of economics, including theories, substantiation of market economies, public policy relating to health and welfare, sophisticated financial systems, complicated corporations, organizations engaged in the constant exchange of information, the realities of economic environments regulated by institutions and laws, issues relating to economic globalization, regional diversity, and the transformation of economies over time.
In their first year, students build a foundation for study and develop awareness of issues through small group subjects, such as “Introduction to Economics” and “Foundation Seminar.” From their second year, students begin specialized education that is tailored to their interests.
In “Experience Economics” classes, students will simulate actual transactions and negotiations through games in order to experience economics in action. In “Behavioral Economics Classes,” students study the theories of human behavior, psychology as it can be applied to economics. By understanding the characteristics of human beings, which are inherently swayed by whims and emotions, students get a sense of their own irrationality and that of the people around them.
The Department offers a full range of field work, where students conduct surveys according to particular themes. From their second year, students conduct on-site surveys of universities, corporations, and farms, etc., over two weeks, both in Japan and travelling to locations such as America, Brazil, and China. Students conduct market surveys, etc., and observe the socioeconomics of the region, remaining in charge of their own project from the instant the surveys are conducted until the completion of a report.
The Department holds free lectures on strategies for passing the required tests to obtain bookkeeping and financial planning qualifications, which form the foundation for certified public accountant and tax accountant qualifications.
Socially participatory learning is a unique initiative of the Department that allows students to gain credit by participating in volunteer activities.
In addition to general education subjects, students study computers, statistics, and mathematics in order to acquire the needed skills to process data processing and analyze, along with one language subject for communication. Furthermore, students lay the foundations for learning about logic, reasoning, analysis, language, and economics through introductory economics subjects.
Students can choose from three courses and design a career path linked to their field of specialization.
Students take even more specialized subjects according to their area of specialized study. From their third year, students deepen their research into their own topic through small group seminars, as well as working on writing and presenting their graduation thesis.
Most graduates find work in private enterprises, along a diverse range of industries including finance, service, and distribution. Some graduates make use of classes to assist them in obtaining qualifications while they are at university, entering such positions as tax accountant, certified public accountant, securities analyst, and financial planner. Many graduates also aim to enter public service. Continued daily study gives students a fulfilling student life, while securing them a satisfying future.