Curriculum

Overview

The GTS curriculum consists of several kinds of courses. The academic literacy skill classes are clustered in the AEP program. Other content classes consist of lectures, seminars, practice-oriented courses (internships, etc.), and seminars. Lower Division courses familiarize you with academic disciplines taught by the faculty, or introduce you to major issues and themes related to globalization and transcultural studies. These are primarily designed for first and second year students. The Upper Division classes build upon the foundations of the Lower Division to study specific topics in greater depth, and are generally intended for third and fourth year students. You can also choose classes among the Meiji Gakuin Common Courses, but these will often require advanced Japanese language skills.

You should work with your academic advisor every term to develop a course plan that meets your educational and career goals.

Academic English Program (AEP)

During your first three years, you take courses in the Academic English Program to enhance your reading, writing, discussion and presentation skills. The goal of the AEP is to bring your academic literacy skills to be on par with university students in English-speaking countries. The AEP courses emphasize thoughtful engagement with contemporary and global issues, developing your ability to analyze, evaluate, and respond to them critically and creatively. The courses also focus on helping you acquire a sophisticated understanding of writing and other forms of communication as acts of public participation and expression. The AEP features tutorial courses in which instructors work with you individually to improve your written work. Since the department expects every student to study abroad for six months to a year, or participate in a long-term internship, it also provides a program to help you to achieve required TOEFL scores.

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Meiji Gakuin Common Courses

As a student in GTS, you share these courses with students from other departments and faculties in the university.

  • Introduction to Christianity
    Required one-year survey course on the fundamentals of Christianity.
  • Second Language Program
    In addition to English, you study a second language during your first two years at GTS. If you come into the program from a non-Japanese educational system, you are expected to join the Japanese language program. If you already have strong Japanese reading, speaking and writing skills, you can choose from a range of other languages including French, Spanish, and Chinese.
  • Meiji Gakuin Common Course Electives

    If you have the required Japanese language ability, you may also take a number of elective classes from the D~I groups of the General Education curriculum.

For more information on these classes, speak with your academic advisor, or check the GTS Course Registration Guide (Rishuu yoko 履修要項).

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Lower Division

  1. Introductory Seminar
    All first year students are required to take the seminar in both semesters. Three full-time faculty members from different disciplines team-teach the course to examine issues in global or transcultural studies. It is designed to excite your interest in the GTS department’s interdisciplinary approach to global issues, and to introduce you to different fields of study. You also work to strengthen your critical reading and writing skills, study methods, and discussion techniques.
  2. Qualitative Methods and Quantitative Methods
    These courses provide you with data management methods and analytic skills needed to conduct research. Qualitative Methods covers topics such interview and observer-participation techniques, and the means for analyzing such information. Quantitative Methods teaches you how to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data. It also emphasizes the logic of statistical inference rather than the memorization of formulae or the calculation of statistics.
  3. Life and Career Development
1 & 2
    In these two courses, you work with the instructor to identify and develop your career plans. You also receive guidance on course selections, study abroad programs, and internships that help you to achieve your life and career goals.
  4. Lecture Courses
    You can take GTS lecture courses in three programs of study: Economics; Political Science; and Culture-Sociology. You are free to choose as electives those classes that interest you, but the department does suggest a minimum number of credits in both the Lower and Upper divisions to students who wish to gain a solid understanding of the themes, issues, and research methods inherent to each program.
    See the “GTS Course List” for the full curriculum, but you should check with the Academic Affairs Office staff or go online to Port Hepburn for the courses offered during this academic year.

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Upper Division

  1. Internships and Study Abroad

    The GTS department strongly encourages you to consider either a study abroad or long-term (three to six month) internship program. In the case of overseas studies, you are able to get GTS credit for courses taken at one of our partner universities; the course offerings vary between our partner institutions. You should consult with your academic advisors and the Center for International Cooperation in Education (CICE) to choose a study abroad program that best suits your academic and career goals.
    Internships also offer you unique learning experiences that earn you credits for graduation. In order to participate in an internship, you need to take Life and Career Development 2, and discuss your plans with the instructor. For more information on the programs, see the GTS “Study Abroad and Internship” page.
  2. Field Studies
    Field Studies seminars are one-term courses that study a particular theme or research topic. The seminar also lays the groundwork for a one- or two-week, faculty-led research trip in which you conduct fieldwork, visit museums, and engage in other educational activities. The trips are scheduled during the vacation periods, and the destinations are often overseas. Upon your return to campus, you prepare a written report based upon your course work, research and experiences.
  3. Independent Study A and B
    You can choose to study a particular topic by creating your own research project. You work with a faculty member to find an appropriate subject of study, and then set up a schedule and method to study it. You finish the project by presenting your findings, usually in a long written paper. If you are interested in an independent project, speak with your Academic Advisor, or the GTS Associate Dean.
  4. Lecture Courses
    The 3000 level courses in the Economics, Political Science, and Culture-Sociology programs focus on specific topics, many of which emphasize transcultural issues. Depending upon the program, you will need to take prerequisites in the Lower Division that will prepare you for the workload of these courses. These classes also help you to lay the groundwork for the Graduation Project in your last year at Meiji Gakuin.

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