Seeing the world through the lens of international experience
What You Will Study
Learning the basics to deepen your interests
Students first learn the basics of the field before choosing their course based on what interests them about global culture, history, and society. At the same time, they learn practical English communication skills for discussions and business situations.
Choosing a course and seminar matching your interests
Students are divided into their respective courses to explore their research themes. To understand global society, students study the culture of the country where they grew up before joining a seminar from the second semester onward. Here, they narrow down their research topic and acquire the knowledge they will need for their long-term fieldwork overseas.
Choosing a topic of interest and traveling overseas for long-term fieldwork
Drawing on the knowledge gained in their first two years of study, students travel overseas for a maximum of six months to conduct fieldwork on their research topic. Students work to achieve their research objectives while gaining experience not possible in Japan. After returning to Japan, they prepare a report on their activities using data collected in the field. Students then set about preparing for their graduation research.
Giving shape to fieldwork experience for graduation research
Students prepare a logically coherent graduation thesis presenting their research topic based on the materials and findings of their overseas fieldwork. They are supported by a supervisor who provides one-on-one guidance from the conceptual stages of writing the thesis, a culmination of four years’ work and the final step toward life after graduation.
Choosing one of three courses in the second year
Global Relations Course
People’s lives are structured by various frameworks. In the Global Relations Course, students learn the structures of society today from the perspective of multiple localities and carefully consider the nature of relationships between countries and regions.
Global Society Course
Students examine the social phenomena shaping human relations to understand current issues and discover how people who speak different languages or have different lifestyles can live more happily together to everyone's benefit. In doing so, they aim to help realize a diverse and harmonious society where people can learn together and accept each other’s differences.
African and Asian Culture Course
Students improve their understanding of globalization through in-depth analyses of Africa and Asia, which are receiving worldwide attention for their cultures and rapid economic development. Students delve into topics that suit them from a wide range of historical and cultural perspectives and learn to anticipate future directions in the global society.
A Unique Curriculum
1. Short-term study abroad in Asia or Africa (Year 1)
2. Long-term fieldwork worldwide (Year 3)
1. Learning from global experience for the path ahead
The objective of the long-term fieldwork is for students to improve their understanding of global problems by directly experiencing another culture through their research. Drawing on this experience, students learn how to discern problems closer to home in their community and anticipate future global trends from their unique perspective.
2. Language skills for communication
Students learn the language skills required to read and interpret information from regions worldwide and exchange opinions with people from different countries. Students also deepen their understanding of local culture and the economy through English and French, one of the major languages spoken in Africa.
3. Destinations suitable for an array of topics
One advantage of studying at a faculty specializing in culture is that students can freely choose from a range of research topics, including social issues, art, religion, and food. Depending on their research topic, students can choose destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe, or America.
4. Faculty continue supporting students traveling overseas
Students have classes and personal guidance from academic faculty before they travel to ensure they are equipped with knowledge and precautions about the place they will travel to as well as methods to effectively research their chosen topic. Many of our faculty members travel the world for research and assist students overseas by regularly checking in on them.
Examples of fieldwork
Research on Maori clothing
Students travel to New Zealand to study the clothing of the indigenous Maori people and deepen their understanding of textile designs and production methods by gathering materials and conducting interviews.
Research on the environmental initiatives of religious organizations in Senegal
Students examine the relationship between religion and environmental issues by studying the multiple religious groups combating desertification in northern Senegal while learning French and Wolof at a partner school.
Survey of Vietnamese orphans and orphanages
Students engage in their research while volunteering at an orphanage to consider the national economic growth and home environments that are behind the smiles of the children there.
Research on the Rukai people of Taiwan
Students research the indigenous Rukai people of Taiwan through interviews with elders who experienced Japanese colonialism to hear their thoughts on Japan and the situation under colonial rule while studying the Chinese language at their host university.
Students gain a breadth of knowledge and experience by preparing for, carrying out, and reflecting on the long-term fieldwork overseas central to their studies. They fearlessly tackle the unknown to gather necessary information during fieldwork and forge their own path.
■ Seeing the world from the viewpoint of rapidly developing Asian and African regions
Regions across Africa and Asia are rapidly growing in terms of population, culture, and economy. Students can foresee the likely direction of the global society through their study of these regions, which are expected to have a considerable impact on the international community.
■ Faculty with rich international experience oversee the supervision of students
The supervising faculty are active field workers who are engaged in research in many countries and regions worldwide. They pass on the knowledge and skills they have gained through their extensive experience to students, including effective research techniques and safety tips.
Students learn how to search for information, conduct field research, exchange ideas, and basic research methodologies in small classes of about twenty people. This seminar is their first step toward their course, which they begin in their second year of study.
International Cultural History
Students discover the cultural history of several regions and trace the changes in, and stabilization of, cultural exchange. In doing so, they pick up various methods of historical analysis and learn the importance of a historical understanding of culture.
Students participate in online meetings with local coordinators to set objectives and develop an action plan for the long-term fieldwork overseas in their third year. By conducting interviews and reading the relevant literature, students gain the language skills, local knowledge, and research techniques required for their fieldwork.
Global Business Theory
Students learn the strategies, rationale, and sought-after skills of multinational companies by studying the historical evolution of global business. They also examine the issues confronting society today and the new global business trends in response to them.
- International business (trading companies, manufacturers, and foreign companies)
- Companies promoting Japanese and global cultures (event planning, travel, and tourism)
- Publishing, advertising, and mass media- Education (junior/senior high school teacher)
- NGOs/NPOs, social enterprise, research
and many more