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.
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 to study International Studies. They also have the opportunity to study other foreign languages 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.