Department of International Studies

Department of International Studies
Department of Global and Transcultural Studies

The Department of International Studies offers classes that explain the rapid changes in international society. Specialists with extensive international experience in education and research in the humanities and social sciences lead these courses. Our program teaches students to be considerate of others, and it fosters in them international perspectives and attitudes. The Department expects students to be independent thinkers who are intellectually curious, proactive, and willing to work enthusiastically on the international stage with people from many cultures.

Department of International Studies

Features of the Department of International Studies

Students choose from six majors according to their interests

Students are free to pursue their educational interests by choosing a major from one of three interdisciplinary themes on “Peace,” “Environment,” and “Multicultural Society,” or from the three academic disciplines of “Cultural Studies,” “Economics,” and “Law and Politics.”

Learn in English, together with exchange students in specialist foreign language classes

Students can study international issues using English, an academic tool that they acquire through our extensive English curriculum. Furthermore, they will learn foreign languages including English in small classes of approximately twenty-five students.

Learn from instructors familiar with regions around the world

The Department gives students an opportunity to study various areas of the world by offering “regional studies courses” on Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East. Instructors with extensive knowledge introduce students to economic, political, and cultural perspectives in each area. Teachers then encourage students to consider and propose solutions to issues relevant to each region.

Fieldwork in Japan and overseas

From their second year, students take seminars and practicum courses to explore themes that they select to research. Fieldwork is an opportunity for them to reinforce what they have learned in the classroom and to gain experience. Students spend one to two weeks conducting on-site research with instructors.

Learn about international society through a range of different exchange styles

In addition to short-term, medium-term, and long-term study abroad at foreign universities, the Department offers variety of programs that provide overseas experience and study opportunities. For example, students can study abroad and then work at Walt Disney World Resort ®; they can join a teaching assistant internship in Australia; or they might become a UN Youth Volunteer. The Department also gives them many opportunities to engage in in-depth dialogue with exchange students from overseas, all the while remaining on campus.

Obtain a double degree from San Francisco State University and Meiji Gakuin University

Through our Double Degree Program, it is possible to acquire bachelor’s degrees from both Meiji Gakuin University and San Francisco State University. This program allows students to obtain the two degrees in four and a half to five years, which includes a two-year exchange at SFSU.

Flow of the 4-Year Program

First year: Starting from the basics with small group foreign language courses and seminars, and introductory lectures.

Students develop university-level study skills by taking an introductory seminar with an average of enrollment of fifteen and introductory lectures that have about forty students. In these classes, they mentally prepare themselves to engage in high-level, interdisciplinary studies in the humanities and social sciences.

Second year: Selecting a major and seminars from one of six fields, and pursuing further research

Students can select a major from one of six fields, such as “Peace Studies,” “Environmental Issues,” and “Multicultural Societies.” They also consider possible research themes while taking courses in a range of disciplines.

Third year: Study abroad and off-campus learning experience as preparation for becoming international citizens. Deepening one’s knowledge in applied subjects.

Students can experience a range of internships, both in and outside Japan, and join long-term study abroad programs. The department also provides a full range of courses on specialized subjects, and they can take lectures in English along with exchange students from overseas.

Fourth year: Writing a graduation thesis that integrates knowledge

While taking specialized classes, students pursue their own research projects in a seminar in order to complete a graduation thesis. This is the culmination of their four years of study.

Paths after Graduation

As the Department’s name suggests, many graduates in International Studies work in areas that transcend international borders. Also, there is an ongoing trend for Japanese workplaces to become more international, which creates even more opportunities for graduates to play an active role. Graduates pursue a wide range of careers in fields such as information technology, mass media and media creation, and non-profit organizations (NPOs). Some graduates go on to become public servants or teachers, and every year some proceed to post graduate study.

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