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Our interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to allow English Track students to pursue their interests by offering various fields of courses. Students need to complete 124 credits by fulfilling credit requirements* for each course area.
*For graduation and credit requirements, please see here.

This page introduces you a general outline of what SGJS English Track students learn throughout their studies.
*Numbers in brackets show the number of credits.
*Japanese Track students have a different curriculum. Please see here for details.

For detailed curriculum vision, structure and characteristics, please see our School Policy


First-year courses focus on developing active learning skills by learning through a range of materials and media, a variety of skills such as information literacy, writing reports, and making presentations. Below is a list of required courses that must be completed in your first and second year. These courses are intended to give you an insight into academic studies and topics of Global Japanese studies.

・Introduction to Global Japanese Studies (2)
・Research Paper Writing (2) *For students entered in 2017 or after
・Speech and Presentation (2)*For students entered in 2017 or after
・ICT Basic Ⅰ (2) *For students entered in 2017 or after
・Introduction to Academic Studies and Career Development (2) *For students entered in 2019 or after

Besides the required courses, you will register for elective and required elective courses. 
As electives, most students start taking Japanese language courses in their first semester. SGJS offers eight levels of Japanese language courses. The course curriculum is specifically designed for English Track and exchange students. All English Track students are required to take a Japanese language placement test before their first semester starts, which allows us to provide an appropriate level of Japanese language education for each student. Credits earned from Japanese language courses will count towards GPA and graduation requirements. For more course details, please see our Japanese Language Program page.


There are no required courses from your third year, so you can build own curriculum depending on your interests. It is important that you understand and fulfill the credit requirements for each course area to graduate in a timely manner. Course schedules for an academic year become available at the beginning of each academic year (April). You can find course schedules and course descriptions here.

From your third year, you can enroll in a seminar. In seminar courses, students work on research topics under the supervision of the seminar professor. There is a screening process to enroll in a seminar at the end of your second year. About 80% of SGJS students (including students in Japanese Track) enter a seminar in their third year.

You can also enroll in courses offered by other schools of Meiji. The International Undergraduate Program is an interfaculty program for students in liberal arts faculties. While most courses offered by other schools are conducted in Japanese, all courses in the International Undergraduate Program are conducted in English. This allows English Track students to enroll in courses offered by other schools. Credits earned from the International Undergraduate Program are count towards your GPA and graduation requirements. Students with good command of Japanese can also enroll in other schools’ courses offered in Japanese*.
*Some conditions apply for course registrations. Please confirm with the School Office before the course registration period if you are planning to take courses offered by other schools which are not part of the International Undergraduate Program.


In Japan, university students start job hunting at the beginning of their fourth year. At the Employment and Career Development Support Room, students can receive career support from qualified consultants. The support offered includes:
・One-on-one career counseling 
・Resume review
・Job interview tips and practice in English and Japanese
・Access to job-hunting reports written by former students
・Career seminars for international students


 There are endless possibilities around the globe. Some SGJS graduates continue to study at the Graduate School of Global Japanese Studies, while others find a professional career in Japan or overseas. Here are some of the main career possibilities for SGJS graduates: 
・Mass communication, publishing, media, and IT industries
・Travel, transportation, tourism, wholesale, and trading industries
・Content creating, entertainment, computer graphics, and advertising industries
・International organizations, government-affiliated organizations
・Careers in other countries