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School of International and Area Studies

Faculty of Foreign Studies was reorganized as two schools, the School of Language and Culture Studies and The School of International and Area Studies, as of April 2012.

Message from the Dean

Target human resources of the School

The School of International and Area Studies aims to develop people who are capable of analyzing and understanding complicated systems in various regions of the world and who are able to solve real problems from a global perspective. They include professionals working at the forefront of society in fields such as international organizations, government agencies, NGOs, and global corporations.

Characteristics of the School

In order to better understand the structure of the international community today and the essence of problems that arise in various countries and territories, it is necessary to acquire appropriate analytical methods. At the School, students study the politics, economy, and society of various regions as well as their history, and specific methodologies in various fields related to social sciences in a systematic way. Based on the knowledge and methodologies thus acquired, they can develop the powers of analysis and action to enable them to identify the sources of various problems in the world today, such as conflicts and confrontations that occur as globalization progresses rapidly, the deterioration of the global environment and pressing energy issues, and disparities between regions and between social classes, and thus to present roadmaps for solving such problems.

Curriculum of the School

Based on the fundamental knowledge of a particular area and its language acquired under the Global Liberal Arts Program, specialized education at the School is divided into three courses: (1) “Area Studies”, focusing on particular areas, which enables students to systematically study the history and society of the area they choose while taking into account international and interregional relations; (2) “Contemporary Global Studies”, which addresses issues facing the world today and organizes classes according to such issues including ethnic conflicts and gender discrimination; and (3) “International Rerations”, which organizes classes according to the branches of learning such as law, political science, economics, international relations, and international cooperation in order to allow students to systematically master methodologies in social sciences. The choice of languages required for the area chosen by students and their field of study is not uniform. Language education which combines the area’s language and other related languages appropriately is an indispensable component of specialized education at the School.

What do you study at the School of International and Area Studies?

I am interested in China, which has achieved remarkable economic growth…

I want to compare social problems in Japan with other areas of the world…

I would like to work for an international organization because I am interested in international relations…

I want to work in a field related to aid to developing countries because I am interested in international cooperation…

I am interested in Japan and plan to study in Japan…

What career do graduates from the School of International and Area Studies choose?

I want to effectively use my language skills and expertise in East Asia…

I want to make the best use of my expert knowledge of relations between Japan and various other regions of the world…

I have acquired good language skills and knowledge of international relations…

I have learned how international cooperation for Africa and other regions should be…

I have majored in gender issues in Japanese society from an international perspective…