Department of Political Science

Curriculum

The Department of Political Science has produced many Diet (parliament) members, local assembly members, diplomats, central and local government officials and officials at international organizations. It also has cultivated a huge number of talented individuals who are active in the private sector and in NGOs, among many other fields. Using their creative and logical thinking powers and specialized knowledge acquired at our faculty, a great many alumni are making significant contributions to the world. We offer a curriculum, comprising five disciplinary subfields, to nurture highly professional individuals who are either generalists who also have high levels of specialist expertise, or specialists who also possess comprehensive knowledge and abilities in many spheres.


Curriculum at Hiyoshi Campus for First- and Second-Year Students

Normative Foundations of Political Science

Students are required to take foundation courses to consolidate the basics during their first two years in college. Then students will move on to the advanced courses in preparation for further specialized study.


Humanities, Languages, Natural Sciences

Humanities

These are common subjects offered by the Departments of Law and Political Science.
Discerning why humans think the way they do and their expressions is a significant step for making greater contributions to the progress of society.

Subjects include:
Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Arts, History, History of Science, Logic, Ethics, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Music, Chinese Classic Literature, Fine Arts.

Languages

We offer a wide range of language courses.

Subjects include:
English, German, French, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Russian

Natural Sciences

In natural sciences, it is common to test a hypothesis in search of the truth. Attaining knowledge through this method is a fundamental approach required in a variety of disciplines, including law and political science.

Subjects include:
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Fundamental Mathematics, Psychology, Basic Statistics, Interactive Natural Sciences Course, Seminar in Natural Science, etc.

Mathematics, Statistics, Information Processing

Knowledge of statistics and information processing is often useful in studying law and political science.

Subjects include:
Mathematics, Statistics, Information Processing, Interactive Information Processing Course, Statistical Informational Processing, etc.

Social Sciences

Studying social science helps identify what the disciplines of law and political science can do to resolve deep-rooted problems in society.

Subjects include:
○Department of Law: Sociology, Constitutional Law, Civil Law, Economics, Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy
○Department of Political Science: Sociology, Geography, Economics, Political Science, Modern Political Thought

Curriculum at Mita Campus for Third- and Fourth-Year Students

Specialized Courses

In their third and fourth years, students have the opportunity to take specialized courses to concentrate on their main areas of interest. They enhance their ability to think and analyze through in-depth reading and discussion with professors and other students.


Seminars

In their third and fourth years, students have the opportunity to develop legal expertise in small, specialized seminars under the guidance and support of a professor.

Minors

To help students acquire broad knowledge and develop a multiplicity of perspectives, the Faculty of Law provides a minor course for students to choose from the areas of foreign languages, humanities and natural sciences. Students are expected to steadily build up their knowledge in preparation for their future career. For example, cultural studies courses are divided into four stages, from Class I to Class IV. In addition, there are humanities and natural sciences seminars for third- and fourth-year students in which they can apply the knowledge acquired in the first two years. After completing certain academic requirements, students qualify for a minor and receive an official certificate from the Faculty of Law.