Exploring Critical Global-Local Issues from Tokyo
The Graduate Program in Global Studies emphasizes inquiry into global processes in the contemporary world and their historical antecedents. Its English-taught curriculum combines the perspectives and methods of academic disciplines with crosscultural understandings and the linguistic competencies of Japan and area studies.
The 33 faculty members have advanced degrees from leading universities around the world and are active in research and publishing. The curriculum is supported by affiliated professors from other graduate programs in the university as well as adjunct professors. These instructors represent over a dozen nationalities, ensuring a diversity of viewpoints and experiences.
Each semester up to 15 applicants are admitted to pursue an M.A. degree, as well as one or two Ph.D. candidates. The student body consists of international students and Japanese nationals with varied cultural backgrounds. Additionally, a few students are admitted each year as MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science Technology) research students. The small number of students encourages close student-faculty interaction.
Five degrees are offered. The M.A. and Ph.D. in Global Studies focus on the study of global issues and processes from social science perspectives. The M.A. in International Business and Development Studies emphasizes the acquisition of analytical skills to deal with a range of contemporary global business and development problems, with a strong focus on Japan and Asia.
The M.A. and Ph.D in Japanese Studies offers an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the study of both historical and contemporary aspects of Japanese history, literature, religion, art history, society, and culture. Additionally, qualified students may pursue a dual M.A. in Japanese Studies offered by Sophia University and SOAS (School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London). After completing the program, students find employment in a wide range of fields inside and outside of Japan, including public and private sectors, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations.
The master’s degree has two tracks each having different graduation requirements. Students in the thesis track write a research thesis while those in the credit track complete a graduation project. The selection of the track takes place after a student matriculates in the program. Those who seek to enter the thesis track need to apply for it, typically at the start of the second semester, with entry contingent upon academic performance, availability of a mentor for the proposed topic, and successful defense of a thesis proposal.
The program’s small scale, and the broad experience and research interests of faculty members enable flexible course selection. In consultation with faculty members, students select a range of courses designed to meet their individual interests and to further acquisition of specialized knowledge in their chosen fields.
While English is the language of instruction, graduate students may take advantage of the wide range of Japanese language courses offered through the undergraduate program. Graduate students with a sufficient level of Japanese language proficiency as determined by a language placement examination may also take courses offered in Japanese elsewhere in the university as part of their studies.
Students have access to the university library system, which contains more than one million volumes and 11,000 periodicals.
The library has an especially rich collection of books and journals in English related to the study of Japan. Digital resources include extensive databases, e-journals, and search engines for journal and newspaper articles. Holdings from other universities can be obtained through inter-library loan, while the university’s location in central Tokyo provides easy access to the National Diet Library and other external facilities.
The program also draws on the resources of the Institute of Comparative Culture. The Institute’s lecture series features leading scholars in Japan studies, and prominent international figures, such as Nobel Prize winners and heads of international organizations. It also sponsors research projects and seminars, such as “Globalization, Food, and Social Identities in the Pacific Region” and “Teaching Tokyo”. These activities are an opportunity for graduate students and faculty members to come together in fruitful exchanges.
The program has its own computer facilities and provides students with on-campus lockers and space for storing materials.
Graduate students can also use the university computing facilities, cafeterias, athletic facilities, and medical and counseling centers. As with urban universities generally in Japan, most students live off-campus.
Selected thesis topics of students
- Globalization and local land governance : Mechanisms of confiscation and contentious politics in Myanmar’s Dawei Special
- Efforts to Promote a Multicultural Church : The Case of Filipinos in Tokyo’s Multilingual Churches
- A Study of Japanese University LGBT Student Groups: LGBT Youth, Peer Support, and Activism
- Japanese Family as an Ideological Micro State Apparatus
- Intimate Citizenship and LGBT Rights : The Experience of Foreigners in Japan
- America’s Far East Jewel : The Occupation and Reimagining of Japan
International Business and Development Studies
- Testing the Challenges of International Entrepreneurship in Japan
- Assessing the Performance of Islamic and Non-Islamic Microfinance Institutions to Combat Income Poverty and the Culture of Poverty : A Case Study in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Human Development and Governance in Transition Countries : An Empirical Analysis
- Employees Turnover Intentions in Thai Manufacturing Companies
- From Point of Tangency: Lee Ufan’s Field of Perception and Encounter
- The F ilipino S tudents’ N arratives o f J apan 3 .11 : Networks, Risk Perception and Response（A Study on Foreign Students’ Behavioral Responses during Disasters）
- Koebi-tai behind Setouchi Triennale : A Critical Evaluation of Their Volunteer Activities
- Rediscovering Usurai : Kitada Usurai and the Kannen Shosetsu Movement in Meiji Women’s Literature
- Painting the Town Red : Anticipating Modernism in Natsume Soseki’s And Then
- A Chinese Interpreter in Bakumatsu Japan : Luo Sen, Perry Mission and Information on the Taiping Rebellion
- A Gift (or Omen?) Along the Shoreline of Our Existence : Aya Takano’s Artistic Transformation Following 3 .11