Geography Major

The Geography Major, which was started in 1935, offers a unique opportunity to study wide-ranging topics, from Japanese historical and cultural geography to advanced geography encompassing natural, social, and human sciences. Fourteen leading academic staff members specializing in all types of fields meet the diverse demands of students, businesses, and the community. Students majoring in geography have access to rich resources and facilities, including state-of-the-art Geographical Information Systems (GIS), enabling students and staff to engage in many cutting-edge projects. Our recent research topics include human impact on environmental changes and natural hazards, and our outputs have brought practical benefits to society. The Geography Major has played a major role in “Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures(Open in a new window)” (since 2007) and “Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage(Open in a new window)” (since 2008) of the Global Center of Excellence (COE) Program* funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science and also contributes to the accumulation of academic knowledge.

* The Global COE Program was initiated by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology [MEXT] to further strengthen educational research throughout Japan. Selected universities were chosen to lead different research programs, which are divided into five fields of research: life sciences, chemistry, information sciences, humanities, and so on. With special funding from MEXT, these institutions will lead Japanese research and education and will endeavor to be the best in the world.


Reasons to Study Geography at
Ritsumeikan University

  1. Fieldwork-based education enhances students’ general skills.
  2. The major offers students opportunities to acquire geographic skills, such as GIS, cartography, and surveying skills.
  3. Students can study a wide range of geographical topics, from human geography (cultural geography, historical geography, and so on) to physical geography (climatology, hydrology, disaster studies, and the like) to geographical information studies (GIS, remote sensing, quantitative geographical analyses, and so forth).