Two Majors of International Relations

The College of International Relations offers two majors: the International Relations Major (Japanese language-based) and the Global Studies Major (English-based). The Global Studies Major program began in April of 2011. Both programs challenge students' views on international issues and prepare students for future international careers and graduate schools.

Students in each of the majors can enroll in courses in the other major (cross-enrollment). There are exceptions for a few courses, but for lecture courses, students in the International Relations Major (Japanese-based) can take up to half of their courses in English, and students in the Global Studies Major (English-based) can take up to half of their courses in Japanese.

Global Studies Major

Governance and Peace Program

Students will learn about the changing state of the international order from four angles. Students will: gain basic understanding of the history of the formation of the current international order; learn about the legal systems that support the current international order; analyze regional politics around the world; and research methods of conflict resolution/peace realization. The ultimate goal of this program is the pursuit of a fair and peaceful international order.

Development and Sustainability Program

By looking at balanced development that is sustainable in all regions, nations, and societies around the world, students will research how beneficial international cooperation and development can be reached through scholarly, systematical, and practical methods. Students will not only look at international cooperation between nations and international organizations, but also movements at the grass-roots level such as companies and NGOs. This program will approach various problems related to international cooperation and development and explore solutions.

Culture and Society Program

Students will learn about the relationship between culture and political/economic structure in international society, methods of cross-cultural understanding, problems in cross-cultural conflict, and more. Contact between different cultures has become a part of daily life through globalization. As a result, cultures integrate with each other and conflict with each other. Students will apply knowledge from this program to understand diverse cultures, and while questioning the relationship of their own culture to the world, seek the co-existence of cultures around the world.