Department of Economics

Department of Economics
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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.

Department of Economics

Key Features of the Department of Economics

A program that starts by solidifying the basics, then lets students pursue individual interests

In their 1st year, students build a strong foundation through small classes such as Introduction to Economics and Preparatory Seminar, 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.

  • Policy Analysis Program
    Students interested in becoming civil servants, financial planners, or tax accountants study the theories of and practical research on public economic policy.

  • Corporate and System Design Program
    Students interested in becoming management-level corporate staff gain an understanding of economic mechanisms by studying the history and structure of corporations and other organizations.

  • Global Studies Program
    Students aiming for a career with a multinational company or an international organization develop their analytical abilities by studying the economic realities of a range of regions and time periods.

  • An experimental economics program that provides real insight into the field

    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.

    Field studies in Japan and abroad

    The Department offers many opportunities for students to engage in fieldwork on a chosen theme. Starting in their 2nd year, students take 2-week research trips to sites in Japan as well as in the United States, Brazil, China, and elsewhere, where they conduct studies of universities, corporations, farming communities, and other research subjects, or observe the local society and economy through market research. Students play a central role in all stages of fieldwork, from research to writing up reports.

    Courses to prepare for qualification as a certified public accountant or tax accountant

    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.

    Classes incorporating volunteer work to expand student perspectives

    Community Participation Classes are a unique initiative of the Department of Economics that give students credit for volunteer activities.

    An accelerated study program to attain tax accountant certification in 5 years

    Participants spend 3 years as undergraduates and 2 years as graduate students.

    The 4-Year Program

    Year 1: Build a strong foundation in general education and economics

    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.

    Year 2: Choose a specialized program and take introductory classes

    Students choose from one of three specialized programs as they begin to plan their careers.

    Years 3 and 4: Take advanced classes, deepen research through seminars, and write a graduation thesis

    Students take advanced class in the field they have chosen. Starting in their 3rd year, they engage in in-depth research on a chosen topic through small group seminars, then write and present their graduation thesis.

    Where Our Students Are Now

    Almost all graduates from the Department of Economics successfully find a job, generally with a corporation. They work in a wide range of fields including finance, services, and distribution. Some take advantage of certification preparation classes as undergraduates to attain certification as a tax accountant, CPA, security analyst, or financial planner, while a significant number pursue careers as public servants. Steady hard work makes their time as students meaningful and ensures a fulfilling career after graduation.

    Job placement rate by field, 2015–2017 (%)