Overview

Consider problems from a global perspective, provide practical abilities towards a solution

Studying in the School of International and Area Studies

The School of International and Area Studies strives to provide students with the ability to analyze and understand the complex structures of the world’s various regions, and to nurture human resources that can consider problems from a global perspective, and provide practical abilities towards a solution.

In order to understand the structure of modern international society and the essence of the problems that occur in various countries and regions of the world, the acquisition of appropriate methods is necessary. In the School of International and Area Studies, students deepen their knowledge of the politics, economics, societies, and histories of various regions, while also systematically learning the methodology of various fields related to the social sciences. Based on the knowledge and methodologies thus acquired, students gain insight into the origins of many problems affecting the modern world, such as trouble and conflict arising from rapid globalization, global warming and energy issues, and disparities and poverty between regions and social classes. Students will develop analytical abilities and the ability to take action that lead the way in solving these problems.

Features of the School of International and Area Studies

  1. Students can deepen their knowledge of the politics, economics, societies, and histories of various regions
  2. Students can analyze various problems confronting the modern world (such as conflict, disasters, poverty, and refugees) through methodology from the social sciences, gain insight into the essence of these problems, and develop the ability to contribute to solutions.
  3. Students have the opportunity to cooperate with local societies and develop their own stances on problem solving.

The Curriculum

In the first year of this program, students study their chosen major area, basic knowledge relevant to this area, and ‘Global Liberal Arts Subjects’ as part of the ‘Global Liberal Arts Program’, a curriculum shared by all departments at TUFS. From the third year of this program, students enter one of three courses, and receive specialized education through discipline-oriented lectures and seminars . The Course of Area Studies is largely made up of area-related classes, the Course o Contemporary Global Studies offers classes on specific topics and issues such as ‘Gender Theory’, and the Course of International Relations is made up of classes covering various branches of the social sciences.

Major Areas

In the School of International and Area Studies, the major area chosen by each student becomes their ‘unit of affiliation’. Students studying multilingual areas choose their focus language, and study this for the first two years of the program. In addition, students also decide their own specialist fields through their choices of introductory and survey subjects. From third year onwards, students enter one of three courses. In addition to attending lecture-style classes, students also attend seminars from their chosen research advisors, and endeavor in producing a graduation thesis and/or graduation research in their fourth year.

[From April 2019]

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