Department of Sociology

Department of Sociology
Department of Social Work

The society in which we live effects through a number of different mechanisms, and sociology gives us the tools to see the structures under which societies function. At the Meiji Gakuin University Department of Sociology, students develop their flexible thinking, creative abilities, and imagination skills through a curriculum that features small class sizes and encourages face-to-face interaction. Faculty members at the forefront of their fields guide each student in their pursuit of the issues they research.

Department of Sociology

Features of the Department of Sociology

Sociology begins with the assumption that we are basically different from each other. So we illuminate the viewpoints, gained from observing from many different perspectives, looking at a number of things which include relationships between people or groups, and even the nature of rules and media. By understanding the activities of people and society, people who are well-versed in sociology can contribute to the future in a range of different investigations.

Four-year program with small class sizes. Studying sociology will help you develop your logical thought

Students develop their reading, listening, research, and writing abilities through an unbroken series of small group seminars, which begin before admission. For example, in the Basic Seminar for Sociology” students learn practical sociology from their first year, then are able to test what they have learned in workshops, such as playing the game “Bibliobattle,” learning how not to be fooled by statistics, working out the gender biases of magazines, and reading texts critically.

Pursue topics of interest through three different courses (from second year)

Students can flexibly select their courses in order to prepare for their research topics in their third and fourth year. In their second year, students deepen their knowledge and stimulate their interest through discussions with other students who have similar interests.

Culture and Media Course

This course aims to give students an understanding of culture, both theirs and others, to explore the processes by which information is produced and transmitted.

Environment and Community Course

This course will deliver the students insights in studying societies, communities and environment of our lives. Students develop practical abilities, which can lead for living and working in a changing, multicultural society.

Research is fun! Do more fieldwork

TThe joy of sociology lies in going out into the field, identifying an “issue,” and applying knowledge that has been acquired through observation and questions. In subjects related to social researcher gualifications, students gradually learn the skills and spirit of social research from their first year.

Learn from professionals: Develop your media literacy

In Seminar in Methods of Expression, students learn from visiting lecturers that are involved with broadcasting and publishing, in addition to faculty members, about methods of expression in media such as video and text. Students deepen their understanding by creating their own compositions.

“Internal Internationalization ” Project

The “Internal Internationalization” project is a joint project between the Center for Liberal Arts and the Faculty of Sociology, which envisions a diverse society that extends across national borders. The project deepens understanding of the cultures, education, and policies, etc., of migrants to Japan, and trains “Multi cultural symbolics facilitators” that nurture valuable relations with people with roots in diverse countries and cultures.

Social researcher qualifications and teaching certificates

Students can acquire “social researcher” qualifications, which are useful for marketing and opinion polls, etc., as well as teaching certificates for junior high school (social studies) and high school (geography, history, and civics).

Flow of the 4-Year Program

First year: Learning the basics of sociology

Students commence social research subjects with small class sizes from their first year. In “Academic Literacy,” students learn how to write and read reports. In “Basics for Social Research,” students gain knowledge about field research and social survey.

Second year: Choosing a course and improving your analytical skills

From their second year, students choose one of three courses in which to focus their research. Students study lecture-based subjects in line with their interests, and hone skills that are appropriate to them, such as logical thinking and analytical skills.

Third and fourth year: Choosing seminars and deepening specialization

In their third and fourth years, students choose seminars and pursue specialized issues according to their interests. Students complete a graduation thesis based on the experiences and results from seminars and social research practicums.

Paths after Graduation

Graduates go on to work in a range of fields, including diverse private enterprises, such as those in the finance, service, and manufacturing sectors, as well as mass media, or are involved with publishing, broadcasting, telecommunications, public service, teaching, and medical and welfare-related institutions. Modern social systems are extremely complicated and it is becoming increasingly difficult for corporations and individuals to gain a clear insight into the future. Over their four-year course of study, graduates of the Department of Sociology develop the ability to intuitively perceive trends in people’s interests, to gather information for future insights, and to present solutions to any issues that arise, displaying these abilities in their professional life.

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