Department of Global and
Transcultural Studies

Department of International Studies
Department of Global and Transcultural Studies

As society becomes increasingly globalized and the international environment undergoes dramatic changes, the Department of Global and Transcultural Studies is fostering individuals who excel on the 21st century global stage. Students from around the world contribute to the Department’s international atmosphere, participating in a program that develops advanced intercultural communication skills based on English proficiency, interdisciplinary perspectives necessary for understanding contemporary society, and the practical skills to actively contribute to solving a wide range of problems.

Department of Global and Transcultural Studies

Key Features of the Department of Global and Transcultural Studies

A curriculum that fosters a truly global workforce

Students who complete the Department’s interdisciplinary curriculum have the ability to accurately understand contemporary global society and to succeed in careers with international agencies and NGOs, multinational corporations, media companies, and many other employers.

A majority of classes taught in English

The 4-year program begins with thorough English education to compensate for any gaps in ability at the time of enrollment. Subsequently, students may choose from 57 lecture classes and 13 seminars taught in English across a wide range of subjects.

A unique overseas program that combines academic study with internships

During their year-long study abroad period, students first take courses at University of California Riverside Extension before completing internships in the U.S. tourist industry, such as at Walt Disney World Resort®. By combining classroom learning with on-the-ground training, the program deepens understanding of world-class hospitality and tourism companies.

Internships that foster global competency

“Global competency” refers to the skills and attitudes that enable individuals to work in the globalized world. Through domestic and overseas internships, students gain the ability to work alongside people with different values, think independently, solve problems, and control their stress.

The opportunity to attain a dual degree

Students in the Department may attain bachelor’s degrees from both Meiji Gakuin University and San Francisco State University. The program takes approximately 4.5 to 5 years, including about two years of study abroad.

The 4-Year Program

Semesters 1 through 3: Build a strong foundation through small, interactive classes

Students devote their 1st year and a half to building a foundation that will allow them to study anywhere in the world. In their 2nd year they focus on the future by working with faculty to develop a 3-year academic plan.

Semesters 4 through 7: World-class learning and real-world training in Japan and abroad

Students spend the next 2 years on intensive study both in Japan and abroad. All students in the Department are strongly encouraged to spend at least 1 year studying abroad. A high priority is also placed on gaining domestic and international internship experience, and students receive many opportunities to develop career-related knowledge and goals.

Semester 8: Complete a graduation project as the culmination of four years

In their final semester, students create a graduation project that draws together the results of research started in their 6th semester. They may complete either a thesis or a thesis plus media presentation. They are expected to graduate with the skills to move directly into work in an international setting.

Where Our Graduates Are Now

Students who complete the designated courses in the Department of Global and Transcultural studies are expected to have the tools to immediately begin an international career. Specifically, that means collaborating with partners from diverse national backgrounds at international agencies and NGOs, multinational corporations in sectors including manufacturing, trading, information and communication technology, finance, and media, and other workplaces. Although these skills have been difficult to acquire in Japan’s educational environment up to this point, they will only become more critical in the future. Students who graduate in both March and September have successfully found employment in a wide range of fields.

*The Department of Global and Transcultural Studies was established in 2011.

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