During the first three semesters, students will follow a shared liberal arts curriculum where they will acquire the necessary critical thinking, academic writing, computer literacy and research skills for more advanced study. They will also take core courses in the Human Sciences (courses on offer include Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, International Education, Politics, Global Citizenship, Contemporary Japan, Gender Studies, Human Rights and Japanese History). Students will also study the Japanese language intensively.* In addition, they will have the opportunity to take several elective courses at this stage.
From the fourth semester, students will start taking courses related to Political and Global Studies, Diversity and Inclusion Studies, and Japan Studies (i.e., Global Poverty and Development, Peace and Conflict Studies, Seminar in Studies of Multicultural Societies; Popular Culture in Japan).
In the fifth semester, students will work on an independent research project based on their research interests in the field of human sciences. From the sixth semester onwards, they will build on this to work towards the completion of a graduation thesis. Students will have regular meetings with the supervisor and other faculty members in order to develop their ideas and research plans. Through this individual research project, students will mainly achieve, among other things, two important goals. Firstly, students will learn how to conduct research in an interdisciplinary environment. Secondly, they will develop key transferrable research skills and competencies.
We encourage students to:
・Think about facts and data from comparative and multiple perspectives;
・Develop an awareness of human rights issues and individual dignity in a global context;
・Study and analyze contemporary issues as global citizens, and present their own views and ideas logically using relevant terms and theoretical frameworks;
・Engage in constructive dialogue and deliberations with other students, faculty members, and a variety of social actors in order to take necessary action independently and/or in collaboration for effective problem solving;
・Compare their home countries and Japan; and
・Acquire high-level Japanese language proficiency sufficient to take elective courses offered in Japanese in different human sciences-related disciplines in the senior year.
Students will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Human Sciences upon successfully completing the program.
*Students who have a high level of Japanese upon enrolment will be given other language course options or they can take some subject courses offered in Japanese to regular program students.