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 twenty-first 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.
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.
The four-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.
Under the academic advisor system, each student is assigned a professor who not only advises them on their course of study but can also help them create a plan for long-term study abroad and international or domestic internships.
“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.
Students in the Department may attain bachelor’s degrees from both Meiji Gakuin University and San Francisco State University. The program takes approximately four-and-a-half to five years, including about two years of study abroad.
In their first year and a half, students choose between Introductory Seminar and Lower Division courses that provide introductory lectures on culture, society, politics, and economic, building a foundation that will allow them to study anywhere in the world. In their second year they focus on the future by working with faculty to develop a three-year academic plan.
Students spend the next two years on intensive study both in Japan and abroad. All students in the Department are strongly encouraged to spend at least one 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. Students may also take lecture courses of interest in the Department of International Studies, taught in Japanese. Starting in the sixth semester they begin preparations for their graduation project.
In their final semester, students create a graduation project that draws together the results of research started in their sixth 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.