Department of Global and
Transcultural Studies

Department of International Studies
Department of Global and Transcultural Studies

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.

Department of Global and Transcultural Studies

Features of the Department of Global and Transcultural Studies

Developing truly global personnel

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.

In principle, all classes are conducted in English

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.

A unique program from the Faculty of International Studies that combines exchanges and internships

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.

An internship program to develop global competency

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.

A double degree program that enables students to obtain two degrees

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.

Flow of the 4-Year Program

First semester to third semester: Shoring up foundations through interactive education in small groups

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.

Fourth semester to seventh semester: Full-fledged education and training based on international standards, both in Japan and overseas

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.

Eighth semester: Completion of a Graduation Project as the culmination of four years of study

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.

Paths after Graduation

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.

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

Ratio of candidates for employment by industry (Fiscal 2014-2016)