Politics is the process of reaching a decision by agreement of the constituent members of a society before implementing the decision in order to solve issues that arise in the society. Dealing with political issues requires a scientific approach, an understanding of history, and vision that is grounded in philosophy and ideas. The Department of Political Science develops the “educated political citizens” that possess all-around judgement and critical thinking abilities, and are able to engage in issues with courage and consideration for others.
Students develop the ability to analyze and consider a range of issues, including global issues, such as guaranteeing peace and security and protecting the environment, national issues, such as policy development, and even local issues, such as looking after the welfare of local residents.
After taking courses to establish a foundation in political science in their first year, students go on to developmentally and systematically study three fields: “Governance,” which covers themes of public policy and local politics, “International Politics,” which covers international and diplomatic themes, and “Media and Politics,” which covers themes of polimetrics and media.
At the Department of Political Science, there are only two required subjects: “Foundation Workshop in Political Science” and “Theory of Political Science.” The curriculum gives students the freedom to select courses that are appropriate for their chosen career paths.
The Faculty of Law holds “Civil Service Seminars” as part of its Career Support Project. The course offers lectures that are mainly aimed at third year students who aim to become public servants.
Students gain a deeper sense of the world by conducting field work, such as collecting information and conducting interviews at the offices of the Diet, administrative agencies, and newspapers, then writing a research report of at least 10,000 Japanese characters.
In general lectures, students attend a series of lectures given by reporters in a range of different fields, with the support of the Tokyo Head Office of the Yomiuri Shimbun. The lectures aim to improve students’ media literacy and help them to acquire knowledge of diverse subject matter. The Department also offers courses such as “English for Current Events” and “Yomiuri Career Development Lectures” that prepare students for international politics.
Students develop debating and public speaking skills at small group basic seminars, as well as a high level of self-reliance when it comes to learning through political debate competitions between classes, lectures by famous politicians, and Freshman's Camps.
Students develop the foundational skills needed to engage in specialized subjects such as “Local Politics,” “Political Systems,” and “Public Policy.” In the “Fieldwork” course, students experience workplaces and conduct investigations with one-on-one instruction.
The department offers a range of participatory seminars that allow students to analyze and offer opinions on workplaces, including seminars that give students the opportunity to complete overseas internships, actively participate in research conferences, and attend seminars giving insights into the political process by being involved with vote counting.
In addition to those graduates that utilize their specialized knowledge to become national government employees, local government employees, and diplomats, graduates aim to work in non-profit organizations (NPOs) and internationally active non-government organizations (NGOs), which are said to bear the burden of supporting the public goods in the modern age. Also, graduates find work in many prestigious companies, playing a role as quality business people and “educated political citizens.” Graduates work in a diverse range of industries, including finance, securities, transportation, telecommunications, media, and service. In recent years, the number of graduates that move on to work in media, public service, education, consulting and non-profit organizations has been increasing, which is a reflection of the curriculum of the Department of Political Science.