Department of Political Science

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Department of Political Science

Politics is the process by which the members of a society make and implement collective decisions in order to solve the problems that they face. Addressing these political problems demands a scientific approach, historical understanding, and conceptual skills rooted in philosophy or ideology. The Department of Political Science nurtures educated political citizens with the all-around decision-making and critical thinking skills, courage, and empathy to work toward solving such problems.

Department of Political Science

Key Features of the Department of Political Science

The Department fosters students’ ability to analyze and reflect on a diversity of issues, from the global problems of peace, security, and environmental protection to national policy issues and social welfare issues at the community level.

3 fields of study adapted to future career paths

After mastering the foundations of political science in their 1st year, students pursue deeper, systematic knowledge in 1 of 3 fields: Governance, covering public policy and local politics; International Politics, covering international relations and diplomacy; or Media and Politics, covering polimetrics and the media.

A highly flexible curriculum that gives students the freedom to study subjects of interest

There are only 2 required classes in the Department, Intro Seminar of Political Science and Elements of Political Sciences. The remaining curriculum is highly adaptable to the interests and career goals of each student.

Seminars to help students prepare for civil service examinations

The Faculty of Law offers a Civil Service Seminar as part of its career support project. The class is aimed primarily at 3rd year students who wish to become civil servants.

An in-depth fieldwork program involving a full year of research or surveys

Students conduct fieldwork on a subject of interest, arranging interviews at parliament members’ offices, government agencies, or newspapers and engaging in other forms of research. They write up their findings in a research paper of at least 10,000 characters.

Lectures by newspaper journalists enhance understanding of the media

The Department collaborates with the Yomiuri Shimbun’s Tokyo headquarters to present a series of lectures by reporters on various beats. The goal of the program is to improve media literacy and impart knowledge on a wide range of subjects. The Department offers additional classes aimed at building practical skills, such as Current English and a YOMIURI Career Design Program.

The 4-Year Program

Year 1: Become a self-directed learner in small group seminars

Students develop discussion and presentation skills in small foundational seminars. Events such as political debates between seminar groups, speeches by prominent politicians, and freshman camps encourage students to become self-directed learners.

Year 2: Receive 1-on-1 guidance for field studies

In classes such as Local Governments, Political Systems, and Public Policy, students build basic knowledge of specialized subjects. In the Fieldwork course, they receive one-on-one guidance from faculty as they carry out real-world research.

Years 3 and 4: Conduct specialized research and debate in intensive seminars, and write a graduation thesis

The department offers many dynamic seminars where students analyze and propose solutions to issues that they have observed first-hand. Some involve overseas internships or active participation in academic conferences, while others encourage students to reflect on how political participation can be encouraged through their own participation in counting ballots.

Where Our Graduates Are Now

Some of our graduates put their specialized knowledge to work as diplomats or as civil servants at the national or local level, while others pursue careers in newer forums for public service such as NPOs or internationally active NGOs. Many find employment with prominent corporations, acting as business people of conscience and educated political citizens. Graduates work in a diverse range of industries, including finance, securities, transportation, distribution, communication, media, and service. Recently, reflecting the Department’s curriculum, an increasing proportion of graduates are going into media, civil service, education, consulting, and NPO work.

Job placement rate by field, 2015–2017 (%)