Department of International Studies

Department of International Studies
Department of Global and Transcultural Studies

In the Department of International Studies, faculty with extensive international experience and a deep background in both teaching and researching the humanities and social sciences lead classes on our rapidly transforming global society. Students in the program gain empathy and grow as humans capable of interacting in an international context. The Department seeks students with abundant intellectual curiosity, independent thinking skills, and a desire to take a proactive role in collaborating with people from other cultures to address international issues.

Department of International Studies

Key Features of the Department of International Studies

6 majors to match student interests

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.

Advanced classes taught in English

Students improve their English skills through a robust language program, then use English as a tool to study International Studies. They also have the opportunity to study other foreign languages in small classes averaging about 25 students.

Faculty with expertise in diverse regions of the world

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.

Fieldwork opportunities in Japan and beyond

Starting in their 2nd year, students delve into a theme of their own choosing through seminars and practicums. Off-campus programs provide a chance to confirm classroom knowledge and gain direct experience. In these programs, faculty accompany students to study sites for a period of 1 to 2 weeks.

A robust internship program

Internship opportunities are available at internationally and domestically active companies, NPOs, NGOs, and other agencies including UN Women. Students may also serve as assistant Japanese instructors or in other positions.

A range of ways to learn from foreign cultures through study abroad

In addition to short-, mid-, and long-term study abroad programs, the Department offers many different foreign exchange and overseas experience programs, including opportunities to study while working at Walt Disney World Resort®, internships as a teaching assistant in Australia, and a UN youth volunteer program. Students also have the chance to interact with study abroad students from other countries while on campus.

A dual degree program with San Francisco State University

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 2 years of study abroad.

The 4-Year Program

Year 1: Start with the basics in small lectures, seminars, and foreign language classes

In small group seminars, foreign language classes, and introductory departmental classes, students acquire the skills they’ll need throughout university and the mental acuity to study advanced, interdisciplinary topics in the humanities and social sciences.

Year 2: Choose one of 6 majors and take related seminars

Students choose a major from 6 options including Peace Studies, Environmental Issues, and Multicultural Society, and search for their own research theme through classes that cut across disciplines.

Year 3: Develop an international perspective through study abroad and other overseas programs.
Deepen knowledge through advanced classes

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.

Year 4: Integrate knowledge to write a graduation thesis

As the culmination of 4 years of study, students pursue a research theme of their choosing in seminars and write a graduation thesis, while also taking other advanced classes.

Where Our Graduates Are Now

Many graduates of the Department are engaged in work that literally takes them across borders. In addition, as Japan itself becomes increasingly internationalized, graduates are discovering new opportunities to contribute. They work in a wide range of fields, including information technology, media and creative industries, and at NPOs. Others pursue careers as civil servants or teachers, and approximately 5 students advance to graduate school each year.

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