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.
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.
The Department has only two required courses: Intro Seminar of Political Science and Elements of Political Sciences. After mastering the foundations of political science in their first year, students choose freely from courses in three areas of study: Governance, covering public policy and local politics; International Politics, covering international relations and diplomacy; and Media and Politics, covering polimetrics and the media.
There are only two 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.
The Faculty of Law offers a Civil Service Seminar as part of its career support project. The class is aimed primarily at third year students who wish to become civil servants.
From foundational first-year seminars to intensive third- and fourth-year classes and graduation thesis instruction, the Department provides extensive small-group education. In the fieldwork program, students explore a subject of interest by arranging interviews at parliament members’ offices, government agencies, or newspapers, carrying out field studies, and ultimately writing up their findings in a research paper of at least 10,000 characters.
In Current English, journalists from the Yomiuri Shimbun use English-language newspapers as the basis for instruction. For ambitious students, it’s the ideal opportunity to learn about the media and sharpen English skills at the same time.
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.
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.
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.