The Department of Global and Transcultural Studies will develop shinning individuals for the 21st century community, as the globalization of society continues and the international environment undergoes dramatic changes. The Department fosters practical abilities that will enable students to play leading roles in and contributing to the solution across a range of issues from the perspective of high-level cross-cultural communication, based on the English language, and taking an interdisciplinary approach to gain a deep understanding of contemporary society, in a global environment that attracts students from around the world.
The Department develops personnel that are able to play a role in international organizations, international NGOs, multinational businesses, journalism and media, etc. by providing a curriculum that is based on an interdisciplinary approach in order to understand a contemporary, global society.
Upon admission, the Department conducts in-depth English classes in order to compensate for differences in students’ English levels. Subsequently, the Department provides a broad range of subjects in English, as specialized education with a total of fifty-seven lecture courses and thirteen seminar courses offered.
During a one-year international exchange, students are able to undertake internships in the US tourism industry, such as at Walt Disney World Resort®, following study at the University of California, Riverside Extension. By combining lectures with real-world training, this exchange program deepens students’ understanding of world-class hospitality and the tourism business.
Global competency refers to the skills, abilities, and outlooks that enable individuals to work well in a globalized world. Through domestic and overseas internships, students gain abilities such as working alongside people with different values, thinking quickly, solving problems that may pop up, and controlling stress.
Through our double degree program, it is possible to acquire degrees from both Meiji Gakuin University and San Francisco State University. This program allows students to obtain bachelor’s degrees from both universities in four and a half to five years, which includes a two-year exchange.
In their first year and a half of the program, students build the foundations that will allow them to engage in specialized study anywhere in the world. In the second half of their first year, students undertake a compulsory course on life and career design to increase awareness of their own future.
In the next two years, students receive full-fledged specialized education, both in Japan and overseas. The Department strongly encourages all students to engage in at least one year of specialized education outside of Japan. Internship experiences in Japan and abroad is also highly valued. Students are provided with many opportunities to see where their career path might lead.
In their final semester, students work towards the completion of a Graduation Project, in which they bring together the study that they have been engaged in since their sixth semester, and which is the culmination of their university education. Students have a choice between Graduation Project A (thesis) or Graduation Project B (thesis and a media presentation). Students are expected to develop the abilities necessary to immediately merge into an international setting after graduating.
Graduates that have completed the required courses of the Department of Global and Transcultural Studies are expected to be able to immediately play a role in international settings. Specifically, graduates are expected to be able to start careers at international institutions, international NGOs, multinational corporations (manufacturing, commerce, the ICT industry, the financial industry, etc.), journalism, and media, etc., where they will work in partnership with people of diverse nationalities. Until now, it has proven difficult to develop abilities such as these in the Japanese education environment, but they will become ever more necessary going forward. Both March and September graduates can secure positions at a diverse range of businesses.