In 2018, the College of International Relations will Advance to the Next Level

On the 30th anniversary year of its establishment, the College of International Relations will take a new step forward. Our efforts include rebuilding its faculty structures, as well as renewing the curriculum of each major and its learning systems. We will also introduce a new milestone program jointly organized with American University.

Caution: For students entering from AY 2018,
along with the graduation thesis becoming mandatory,
the College of International Relations will no longer offer the Early Graduation System.

GS Global Studies

Global Studies Major

Upgrading and Expanding the English-Based Global Studies Major

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    Studying with International
    Students in a Highly Diverse
    Environment

    Students will study in a diverse environment with international students from over 30 nations, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, India, Indonesia, China, and Korea.

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    Learning in English

    The College supports students through courses such as “Academic Skills” and support programs such as the “Writing Tutorial Center”.

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    Studying in the Same Way as
    Universities in English
    Speaking Countries

    In the College, students will study, think, express themselves and write, all in English. By studying in the same way as students at universities in English speaking countries, their English abilities will be advanced to the level of writing a specialized graduation thesis at the time of graduation.

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    Graduation Thesis

    All students will be required to write a graduation thesis, which will allow them to gain specialized knowledge within International Relations at the time of graduation.

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    Study Abroad Program

    Many IR College students participate in one year exchange programs. Students may also participate in other study abroad or language learning programs depending on their interests, and at their own pace.

College of IR, GS Major

JDP Joint Degree Program

American University - Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program

Joint Degree Program with American University

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    Studying for 2 Years in Japan
    and 2 Years in the U.S.,
    Totaling 4 Years in One Program

    The College will newly establish a joint degree program with American University. This will be the first joint degree program of the College, and within the liberal arts college and private universities in Japan.

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    Systematic Program of
    Study Designed by Japanese
    and American Universities

    The curriculum of the program has been designed jointly by Ritsumeikan University and American University. Students will study in a coherent academic curriculum in English for 4 years at universities in Japan and the U.S.

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    Studying in Washington D.C. —the Center
    of International Politics— and Kyoto —
    the Center of Japanese Culture—

    The program will deliver active learning through an environment where students can have first-hand experiences at the centers of international politics and Japanese culture.

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    The U.S. and Asia and Going
    Beyond Western Centric
    International Relations

    Students will study Global IR, which is the study of world governance through the perspectives of diverse countries and regions including Asian nations, an approach which goes beyond the western centric form of IR.

Joint Degree Program AO Admissions for JDP

IR International Relations

International Relations Major

Joint Degree Program with American University

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    International Administration Program

    The International Administration Program will be newly introduced to support students aiming for careers in diplomacy, international cooperative organizations, and international organizations.

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    Late Specialization

    After studying the basics of International Relations for the first year, students will decide their specialization from the 4 fields of Culture and Society, Development and Sustainability, Governance and Peace, and International Administration.

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    English for International Studies

    Students will learn advanced English language skills in the English for International Studies” program, which will enable them to take courses conducted in English.

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    Graduation Thesis

    All students will be required to write a graduation thesis, which will allow them to gain specialized knowledge within International Relations at the time of graduation.

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    Global Active Learning

    The hands-on Global Simulation Gaming course is conducted in both English and Japanese. While learning in Japan, students will be able to take specialized courses in English.

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    Study Abroad Program

    Many IR College students participate in one year exchange programs. Students may also participate in other study abroad or language learning programs depending on their interests, and at their own pace.