Go Forward

Mission

The School of Global Japanese Studies aims to promote international education and to train students who can contribute to the global community, based on their thorough knowledge of Japanese and international studies, as well as international academic exchange.

Educational Objectives

The School of Global Japanese Studies focuses on Japanese studies from a global perspective. In addition to traditional Japanese culture, the school provides education and research on contemporary Japanese culture, an area of study that is attracting worldwide attention today. The school also focuses on Japanese social systems, including aspects of business, industry and society. The school further emphasizes intensive English language education and international studies. These programs are intended to enable students to understand other cultures and societies, become aware of Japan’s place in the world, and actively share their knowledge about Japan with others.

Diploma Policy

Students the School Aims to Develop:

Based on an educational policy that focuses on strengthening each individual, the School aims to develop multifaceted individuals who can contribute to the global community. We aim to provide a deep understanding of Japanese culture and social structure, as well as practical English and Japanese language skills, which will enable students to effectively express their opinions and convey information. In today’s globalized society, we aim to develop students with an understanding of Japan who seek to share valuable information with the global community from this perspective.

Educational Goals:

The School of Global Japanese Studies grants a bachelor’s degree in Global Japanese Studies to students who study for the required period and attain 124 credits according to the university regulations. The program is carefully designed based on the following goals:

(1) Students will acquire the ability to disseminate knowledge globally through their studies on Japanese culture and tradition, contemporary Japanese culture, and Japanese social systems.

(2) Students will acquire broad and accurate knowledge of international relations, cultures, societies, economies, and histories of other countries.

(3) Through extensive English and Japanese education, students will acquire advanced language skills such as thinking critically, communication and presentation of information and ideas. This will enable students to play an active role in the global community.

(4) Students will acquire advanced communicative skills in the Japanese language, which forms the basis of Japanese culture.

(5) Through experiences in our community of students with diverse cultural backgrounds and by studying abroad, students will acquire intercultural understanding, practical foreign language ability, and the ability to work in a diverse community. 

Curriculum Policy

Curriculum Vision:

The curriculum aims to promote intensive English education and international education so that students will be able to contribute actively to the global community with confidence and sensibility. The curriculum features Japanese traditions and culture, as well as contemporary Japanese culture which attracts the world’s attention today. It also features Japanese language, corporate and social systems operating in Japanese society.

Curriculum Structure: 

Students in the Japanese Track are required to take the following courses in their first and second years: “English,” “Japanese” (international students only), “Introduction to Global Japanese Studies,” “Japanese Expression (Speaking),” “Japanese Expression (Writing),” and “ICT Basic I.”
Students in the English Track (program in which students can obtain a degree in English) are required to take the following courses in their first and second years: “Introduction to Global Japanese Studies,” “Research Paper Writing,” “Speech and Presentation,” “ICT Basic I,” and “Introduction to Academic Studies and Career Development.”
In their third and fourth years, there are no required courses for Japanese Track and English Track students. Students can choose a wide variety of courses in Global Japanese Studies as well as General Studies, based on their interest.

Curriculum Characteristics: 

(1) 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.

(2) In the third and fourth year, small-size “Seminar” courses in specialized fields are offered. In these courses, students learn about their specialization through in-depth discussions with faculty and other students. Full-time faculty are in charge of these courses, and students are encouraged to participate actively, looking ahead to their future career paths.

(3) In order to develop knowledge of the broad areas of Global Japanese Studies, Global Japanese Studies courses are offered in eight research fields: Pop Culture Studies, Visual Culture Studies, Social Systems and Media Studies, International Relations and Intercultural Exchange Studies, International Culture and Thoughts Studies, Japanese Culture and Thoughts Studies, Japanese Language Studies, and English Language Studies.These research fields are carefully designed so that students can study systematically and take courses across different fields. Among these research fields, we offer specialized courses including Japanese traditional culture, contemporary Japanese culture often referred to as “Cool Japan,” the mass media and the content industry. The School promotes regional studies, comparative cultural studies, and international relations in addition to Japanese Studies. We aim to develop students who have a vision of Japan’s role within the world and have a flexible understanding of cultures in various regions of the world, including Japan.

(4) For first and second-year Japanese Track students, there is an intensive English language program, a required course which aims to develop their ability to negotiate in business settings in English after graduation. This small-sized class with approximately 20 students is organized by English proficiency level.

(5) All Japanese Track students are required to take the courses “Japanese Expression (Speaking)” and “Japanese Expression (Writing)” combining lectures and learning activities in order to acquire advanced knowledge of the Japanese language and the ability to express themselves and convey information effectively. Furthermore, the School has an original Japanese Language class curriculum for international students, where students study according to their level.

(6) Japanese language courses are not mandatory for English Track students, but we encourage students to take part in these courses. Small-size classes are held for various proficiency levels.

(7) In order to acquire intercultural understanding skills and practical English skills, Japanese Track students are required to earn a certain amount of credits from English lecture courses together with English Track students.

(8) As an opportunity to enhance students’ understanding of Japan from different perspectives, to promote international awareness, and to develop practical foreign language skills, students are encouraged to study abroad. We offer a Study Abroad/Academic Internship Program, which is an opportunity for students to spend one or two semesters of the second or a later year studying at a foreign university. Credits earned during these study abroad programs are approved for credits in the School under certain conditions.

(9) In the project-based course “Practicum in Global Japanese Studies,” international students from various countries and Japanese students have the opportunity to work together in and outside class and inspire each other. Project themes include intercultural exchanges and Japanese Studies outside of Japan.

Admission Policy

Students the School Seeks:

The School of Global Japanese Studies aims to develop students who can contribute to the global community in this era of rapid change. The program is designed to help students acquire a deep understanding of Japanese culture and society and to provide extensive knowledge of various regions of the world. Students are expected to gain the ability to effectively express themselves and convey information in English and Japanese, and the willingness to use this ability actively. For this purpose, in addition to traditional Japanese culture, the School provides education and research on contemporary Japanese culture and social systems such as companies and industries which attract worldwide attention today. In addition, the School also provides intensive language education and cross-cultural education, as well as education and research on international culture and social education.

Based on this educational policy, the School of Global Japanese Studies aims to select students such as the following:

(1) Those who seek to explore Japanese culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, as represented in art, literature, manga, animation, performing arts, movies, fashion, philosophy, and religion.

(2) Those who are interested in the corporate and industrial systems operating in Japanese society and who intend to investigate the principles of these systems.

(3) Those who are interested in various issues in international relations and the cultures, societies, economies, and histories of different regions of the world, and who seek to cultivate a global perspective.

(4) Those who seek to develop a good command of the Japanese and English languages and the ability to think logically in Japanese and English.

(5) Those who seek to take part in the global community with an understanding of Japan from this global perspective.

(6) Those who are interested in international cultures and experiencing international exchanges to contribute to the promotion of an intercultural society.

(7) Those who see the Japanese language as the basis of Japanese culture, and are motivated to receive advanced education in and gain knowledge of the Japanese language.

Skills and Knowledge Applicants are Expected to Possess:

Applicants for the Japanese Track need to possess the four fundamental English skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking when they start the program at the School. Consequently, the result of the English examination is highly evaluated for Admissions.
Applicants for the English Track (program in which students can obtain a degree in English) are not required to have Japanese language skills when they start the program. However, students are expected to possess advanced English skills needed for taking English classes.
Students are also expected to possess general academic skills when they start the program. They are expected to have gained the ability to organize a wide range of knowledge and to be able to explain this logically.