Undergraduate Majors

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” (since 2007) and “Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage” (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).

Regional Tourism Major

The objective of the Regional Tourism Major is to understand the contemporary phenomena of tourism from the aspects of geography, sociology, and human anthropology. Students learn various theories and concepts of tourism and how they link to the practice of tourism. Moreover, they also learn how to collect and analyze tourism data (both primary and secondary data). To cope with the increasing globalization of tourism, the major emphasizes global issues in tourism. Students are advised to improve their international communication skills and join a fieldwork trip to Malaysia and Singapore offered during the major. Students will gain the ability to solve and alleviate complex issues in contemporary tourism following objective identifications in global, national, regional, and local contexts.

Reasons to Study Tourism at Ritsumeikan University

  1. Students will gain the ability to capture, analyze, and present complex phenomena of contemporary tourism that significantly impacts economics, society, culture, and natural environments.
  2. This major offers students opportunities to learn the theories and concepts, as well as the practical training, of tourism.
  3. Fieldwork trip to Malaysia and Singapore (as part of the lecture) will serve to improve students’ understanding of the international community and will enhance their international communication skills.
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