In today's increasingly globalized world, events that take place on the other side of the world affect our lives immediately. The Department of International Studies offers diverse and dynamic courses that go beyond the disciplinary boundaries of humanities and social sciences, and fosters knowledgeable and insightful individuals who can play an active role on the international stage and cooperate with people with diverse roots and cultural backgrounds toward building a better society.
A central feature of the Department of International Studies is that it is at once “international” and "interdisciplinary." Students develop multifaceted perspectives and insights by deepening their own specialization while simultaneously gaining knowledge of other fields. For example, students can customize their studies to meet their interests and future goals by focusing on regional development from a cultural perspective or investigating environmental protection from the standpoint of legal and economic systems.
The Department of International Studies offers English courses until the third year. Through small-group learning, students develop the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and cultivate the capability to learn, think, and communicate in English.
The Department of International Studies offers a variety of regional studies courses. Students acquire expertise in specific regions by combining these courses with seminars and study abroad programs.
The Yokohama Campus, where students in the International Studies Department learn, is a global environment where young people from around the world gather. We offer a range of study abroad and overseas internship opportunities, including the double degree program through which students earn degrees from both San Francisco State University and Meiji Gakuin University, and a program to learn the language and culture in Australia while assisting in a Japanese language program.
Students begin by learning the basics in small-group seminars and lecture courses. English, which is positioned as a specialized subject, is systematically and intensively taught until the third year. In their second year, students select a major and a seminar from among six fields of study. Students deepen their understanding through a combination of study abroad and off-campus study, and as a capstone project, write a graduation thesis.
All students in the Department of International Studies enroll in seminars from the second semester of their second year until their fourth year. Many seminars offer off-campus field works during summer and spring vacations, with destinations in Japan and various regions of the world related to the seminar’s topic of study. Through interactions and collaborations with local residents, students develop new perspectives on the world, practical analytical skills, and the ability to take action.
This course invites outside experts who are actively engaged in international cooperation. Students learn about the current state of international cooperation from these professionals with abundant experience in different specializations.
Humankind has long desired to realize a peaceful world. Students use case studies to consider the genealogies of various peace studies and examine the reasons and background for the demand for “peace studies” as a new academic field.