The Educational Philosophy of the Department of International Studies

A. Educational Goals

The Department of International Studies fosters the ability to comprehensively understand the problems of global society from the respective fields of politics, economics and culture. Its goals are to cultivate social intelligence through various types of practical, international experiences and to nurture people who possess both an awareness of cultural diversity and the ability to communicate across different cultures.

B. Principles for Accepting New Students

The Department of International Studies accepts students with the following attributes:

  1. People with a strong interest in and inquisitiveness about humanity and societies.
  2. People capable of clearly expressing their thoughts and opinions.
  3. People with the desire to contribute to society.
  4. People who want to consider their own future within a global society.
  5. People who can discover the joy of thinking and working together with others from different countries.

C. Principles for Organizing the Curriculum

In order to actualize this educational philosophy, the Department of International Studies organizes its curriculum based upon the following policies:

  1. To establish courses in a diverse array of specialized fields and regional studies (the three specialized areas are culture, economics, and politics and law).
  2. To provide in-depth instruction through seminar courses over the four-year period (Basic Seminar; Seminar 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, and 3B; and Special Seminar).
  3. To provide phased, systematic instruction from the time the students enter the university (first year: the acquisition of basic knowledge and learning skills; second and third years: the study of core areas of academic knowledge; third and fourth years: developmental learning and the writing of a thesis).
  4. To establish courses that foster dynamic English language ability (English for Academic Purposes program; specialized courses taught in English).
  5. To emphasize learning outside the university (International Field Study Program; Internship Program; Study Abroad Program (schools with exchange agreements); Double Degree Program)

D.  Principles for the Acknowledgement of Graduation and Degree Conferral

The Department of International Studies will accept for graduation students who have acquired the following types of capabilities and who have obtained the prescribed number of credits may:

  1. Students must cultivate fundamental learning abilities by taking Meiji Gakuin University general education courses and a multidisciplinary selection of specialized courses in the department. They must also acquire the ability to comprehensively understand international politics, economics, and society as well as individual cultures and fine arts.
  2. Students must acquire language abilities that serve as tools for communication in an international society through English for Academic Purposes courses and classes taught in English.
  3. Students must foster their human potential through seminar courses, off-campus international training courses, and internship courses.