As the capstone of your four years of study, you are required to take the Graduation Seminar and complete a Graduation Project.
While you take the Seminar you will prepare a Project A (a 6000 word research paper) or a Project B (a 5000 word paper along with the creation of a media presentation [movie, website, software, etc.] that represents your search.
At the end of every semester, students who are completing Graduation Projects prepare posters to present their research to other students and faculty. Each student draws upon the academic English skills that they have developed since their first year to summarize and present their project’s theme, data, and results. As a presenter, you take questions from younger students, and you can look back upon your own experiences at Meiji Gakuin University while providing academic leadership to other students who will graduate in subsequent years.
Examples of 2022 Graduation Projects
Chosen for Their Excellence
“Life Beyond the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018”
“The Ideal Female Body Image among Japanese Female College Students”
“Assimilation of Zainichi Koreans”
““Hāfu” Stereotypes and the Reality”
“Exploring the Relationship between the Number of Siblings, Educational Levels and Social Behavior”
“E-commerce Adoption in Indonesia: A Study of Various Determinants”
“Raging Against the Authority: What were the Driving Factors that Led to the Two Significant Social Movements in Hong Kong in the Past Decade?”
“Relationships between Japan and South Korea: The Issues of Historical Perceptions”
“How to Solve the Intercultural Conflicts Faced by Asian Foreign Workers in Japanese Workplaces”
“Production and Sales of Prison-Made Goods: A Comparison between the United States and Japan”
“The English Language in India and Sri Lanka: A Comparison”
“Cultural Appropriation of Sushi: Tracing its Transformation from Japan to Other Countries”
Graduation Project Details
If you do not go on a study abroad program in the 3rd year, you will start to prepare your Graduation Project from your 5th semester.
In your second semester, you will take the Research Project Seminar and prepare a “Project Proposal.” From the first term of your 4th year, you will enroll in a Project Seminar and then complete your project while taking the Graduation Project Seminar during your last semester.
The faculty places you in a Project Seminar in order to study with a professor whose expertise in politics, economics, culture or society is closest to your area of interest.
If you go abroad during your 3rd year, you will submit a proposal in February.
Instead of taking the Research Project Seminar and Research Project Seminar you will receive guidance from their Project Advisor. Upon your return to campus, you will then take the Graduation Project Seminar with that advisor to complete your project.