Study your specialty in a research course

Through systematic specialized research, students will develop problem-identification and problem-solving skills, and acquire a deep understanding of various regions of the world and the ability to think from multiple perspectives.

Students in the Faculty of Foreign Studies select and register for one of nine Concentration Courses and earn a Second Major or Minor. The Second Major involves systematic study and research in a certain region or field of study through a series of courses, and requires the writing of a graduation thesis. In the Minor program, students can take courses according to their own plans based on a variety of interests.

Introductory Courses

There are Course-Common Introductory Courses offered by the Faculty of Foreign Studies and Introductory Courses offered by each concentration. In this stage, students mainly learn the methodology of an academic field such as linguistics, history, political science, or sociology; research techniques such as how to conduct surveys and write papers; and broad basic knowledge about various regions of the world in their first and second years of study.

Core Courses

Based on the methodology and basic knowledge cultivated in the Introduction stage, students take more specialized courses offered by each research course in the Core Course stage. Students deepen their knowledge through diverse studies and cultivate a multifaceted perspective that focuses on their own issues from various perspectives. These courses are mainly taken in the second through fourth years.

Seminar Courses

This is the stage where students pursue their own research themes and express what they have learned in their own words. It is a place where students present what they have learned and researched through literature, and engage in friendly competition. Faculty members with abundant experience in specialized research support the students as their companions. We hope you will experience the joy of creating the work of art known as a graduation thesis/graduation research.

Courses listed in Introduction, Core, and Seminar are examples.

*Courses 6 to 9 consist mainly of classes offered by the Faculty of Global Studies. The seminar courses offered by the Faculty of Global Studies have a limit on the number of students who can attend.

Course 1: North American Studies

The United States and Canada are the countries in focus, and research is conducted in a variety of academic fields, including history, psychology, political science, economics, and sociology. Courses on Mexico and the Asia-Pacific region, which are closely related to North America, are also offered, with the aim of building a comprehensive intellect that is not limited to one academic field or country.

Introductory Courses

North American Studies A
North American Studies B

Core Courses

US Politics and Foreign Relations

Topics in American History

American Women’s History

History of Japanese Immigration

Seminar Courses

North American History

North American Studies

Globalization and Migration

Course 2: European Studies

Europe encompasses a diverse range of peoples, languages, religions, and cultures. In the European Studies course, students will study and research various events in Europe as a whole, specific countries and sub-regions within the region, and issues related to the European Union from a bird’s-eye viewpoint, without being bound by national or border frameworks.

Introductory Courses

Overview of European History

Language and Religion in Europe

Art & Culture in Europe

Introduction to European Politics and Economy

Core Courses

European Cinema

European Society and Language

Studies in the Modern History of France

Modern Portuguese Studies

Seminar Courses

Seminar (British Culture)

Seminar (European Politics)

Seminar (Studies in French and Japanese Society)

Seminar (Spanish Art)

Course 3: Latin American Studies

Latin America is a region of unparalleled diversity in the world. In addition to indigenous cultures, it is a mixture of cultures from almost every region of Europe, Africa, and Asia. This program delves deeply into the past and present of a region that is important to Japan because of its unique culture and abundant natural resources.

Introductory Courses

Introduction to Latin America Area Studies

Introduction to Spanish American History*

History of Brazil

Contemporary Latin America*

Core Courses

History and Society of Latin American Indigenous Peoples*

Brazilian Politics

Introduction to the Latin American Economy*

Afro-Brazilian Studies

Seminar Courses

Seminar (Brazilian Political Economy)

Seminar (Latin American Society)*

Seminar (Pop-Culture Research)

Seminar (Brazilians in Japan: Education and Social Conditions)

Course 4: Russian and Eurasian Studies

The Russian and Eurasian Studies Course, which offers a specialized and comprehensive study of Russia and Eurasia, fosters excellent practitioners and experts who, based on advanced Russian language skills, are well versed in the history, politics, economy, society, and culture of Russia and other former Soviet regions, and who can build relations between Japan and those regions themselves.

Introductory Courses

Introduction to Russian and Eurasian Studies

Introduction to Russian and Eurasian Culture

Core Courses

Russian Politics

The Economy of Russia and Eurasia

Russian Art

International Relations in the Euro-Asian Region

Russian History

Seminar Courses

Seminar (Russian Politics)

Seminar (Russian Economy)

Seminar (Russian Culture and Literature)

Seminar (Russian Language)

Course 5: Linguistics

Through scientific research on the linguistic abilities that are unique to human beings, we will explore the essence of the human spirit and deepen our understanding of the universality and diversity of language through empirical research on the Japanese language and other foreign languages. We also examine the functions and roles of language in various human activities such as society, history, culture, and education.

Introductory Courses

Introduction to Linguistics

Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

Introduction to Applied Linguistics

Introduction to the Study of Language

Core Courses


Japanese Teaching Methods

Introduction to Speech Pathology

Translation- Theory & Practice


Seminar Courses

Seminar (Phonetics & Phonology)

Seminar (Japanese Linguistics)

Seminar (Foreign Language Teaching & Research)

Seminar (Speech Pathology)

Applied Linguistics

Course 6: Asian Studies

To deepen intellectual interest and involvement in Asia, a region familiar to us all, students will study the history, culture, society, and religion of the people living there. The study will mainly be about Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Asia-Pacific region, while linking area studies and global studies, as well as acquiring methodologies.

Introductory Courses

Global History

Basics of Southeast Asian Studies

Basics of South Asian Studies

Basics of East Asian Studies

Core Courses

Korean Society and Culture

Islam and Society in Southeast Asia

Society and Politics in South Asia

Human Rights Issues in Asia

Seminar Courses

Seminar (Asian Studies)

Globalization and Migration

Course 7: Middle-Eastern and African Studies

The Middle East and Africa not only have deep ties with Japan but also with Islam, one of the most influential religions, which has various impacts on the world. Students will learn about the history, culture, society, and religion of both regions and acquire methodologies while linking localized area studies with global studies.

Introductory Courses

Anthropology of Globalization

Globalization and Religion

Basics of Middle-Eastern Studies

Basics of African Studies

Core Courses

Development Studies of Africa

Politics in the Middle East

Islam & Gender

Life and Culture in Africa

Society and Economy in Francophone Africa

Seminar Courses

Seminar (Middle-Eastern & African Studies)

Seminar (North African Socio-Economy)

Seminar (Afro-Brazil Studies)

Seminar (Francophone History)

Course 8: International Politics

The politics of today’s international society is extremely complex. While security and economics are closely intertwined, international relations and domestic politics and economics also resonate on a daily basis. Through an in-depth and systematic study of the field of international politics, including the diplomacy of major countries such as Japan, the U.S., and China, students will cultivate the ability to understand the composition of international politics and the nature of problems existing within it.

Introductory Courses

Introduction to International Relations

Basics of International Relations

Globalization and Politics

Peace Studies

Core Courses

International Politics

Global Governance

Japanese Foreign Policy

Chinese Politics & Foreign Policy

Seminar Courses

Seminar (American Government & Foreign Policy)

Seminar (UN & Conflict Resolution)

Seminar (Foreign Policy)

Seminar (History of International Politics)

Course 9: Civil Society and International Cooperation

Various problems are occurring on a global scale, such as poverty, inequality, social exclusion of minorities, conflicts, immigration and refugee issues, and environmental destruction. In this course, students will learn how to grasp the actual situation on the ground, learn how to think and act from the perspective of citizens, and develop the ability to work with the international community to solve global issues.

Introductory Courses

International Cooperation through People’s Initiatives

Survey of Theories of Civil Society and International Cooperation

Globalization and Economics

Social Sciences of Globalization

Core Courses

International Political Economy

Globalization and Civil Society

Globalization & Developing Economies

Special Lecture: Social Development of Brazil

Seminar Courses

Seminar (International Cooperation)

Seminar (International Education Development)

Seminar (Development Economics)

Seminar (Global Civil Society)

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