In the Department of International Studies, experts in the humanities and social sciences with abundant experience on the international stage illuminate our rapidly changing global society and explore alternatives with students. Students in the program gain empathy and grow as humans capable of interacting in both local and international contexts. The Department seeks students with abundant intellectual curiosity, independent thinking skills, a willingness to take the initiative, and the ambition to work with people from other cultures to address international issues.
Based on their interests, students choose to major in Peace Studies, Environmental Issues, Multicultural Society, Comparative Cultural Studies, International and Comparative Economics, or Comparative Politics. The program allows for flexible study from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Students improve their English skills through a robust language program, then use English as a tool in their specialized subject classes (some taught through the medium of English) in the realm of international studies. They also have the opportunity to study English in small classes averaging about 25 students.
The regional studies program offers many classes on regions including Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East. Professors with deep knowledge of these regions share their perspectives on the economy, politics, and culture of each, and together with students explore their respective problems and potential solutions.
Each seminar offers students an opportunity to investigate a given theme in depth with the faculty member leading the class. Topics and regions of focus vary widely, but all seminars take advantage of small class sizes by emphasizing presentations and student discussions.
In order to deepen the knowledge gained in lectures and seminar classes, the Faculty of International Studies encourages students to participate in study abroad and off-campus learning programs. In addition to a dual-degree program that enables students to earn degrees from both Meiji Gakuin University and San Francisco State University, the Faculty offers a Field Study program linked to seminar classes, as well as international internships. Students also have the option of spending six months or a year studying at one of our many partner universities around the world. Opportunities for international exchange abound right here on our Yokohama campus as well.
In Preparatory Seminar A, Foreign Language for International Studies, and introductory departmental classes, students acquire the skills they will need throughout university and gain the mental acuity required to study advanced, interdisciplinary topics in the humanities and social sciences.
Students choose a major from six options including Peace Studies, Environmental Issues, and Multicultural Society, and search for their own research theme through classes that cut across disciplines.
Students choose from many programs, from long-term study abroad to domestic and international internships. A robust selection of advanced courses is also available, in which Japanese students learn in English alongside study abroad students from other countries.
As the culmination of four years of study, students pursue a research theme of their choosing in seminars and write a graduation thesis, while taking advanced classes.