Academics

Curriculum

All classes in the Community and Regional Policy Studies major will be held in English. 1st and 2nd year students will take academic skills courses, liberal arts courses, and introductory courses to research methods and policy science. 3rd and 4th year students choose one of the three programs (Sustainable Urban Policy Program, Regional Economy and Development Program, and Multi-level Governance Program) and engage in in-depth learning with a focus on specialized courses and seminars. 4th year students write a graduation thesis. During the last semester, students undertake a project-based practical survey as a capstone for learning about policy science based on scientific social surveys.

Additionally, students take intensive Japanese language courses from the first year, and work towards the goal of achieving an intermediate level Japanese by the time they graduate.

Example of Study Path

1st year

Academic skills courses necessary to university learning, liberal arts courses, and policy science introductory lecture courses, as well as reading course and Japanese language courses.

In debate courses, participate in exchanges with Japanese students from the Policy Science major of the College of Policy Science.

2nd year

Policy science introductory courses, policy research courses including social survey methodology, and specialized reading seminars to prepare for the three programs. Students are expected to continue Japanese language studies. Students may request to participate in fieldwork programs abroad.

3rd year

Specialized learning in courses in one of the three programs and specialized seminars.

4th year

Students write graduation thesis and complete project-based practical social seminar based on the social research methodologies learned in the major.

To obtain a BA in Policy Science you will be required to take the following courses (124 credits in total) in four years.

*Please note that course details are subject to change.

Graduation Requirements (124 credits)

Vision Building Subjects 20 credits or more
English for Academic Purposes 12 credits or more
Foreign Languages Japanese 12 credits or more
Other Languages
Computing and Research Methods 10 credits or more
Policy Science Subjects Introductory Lectures 8 credits or more 50 credits or more
Advanced Lectures
Seminars
Policy Science Common Courses
Exchange Study Courses
Japanese Studies Courses Optional
Study Abroad
Other College Courses

Vision Building Subjects

  • Foundation Course to Policy Science I - VII
  • General Education Course I - III
  • Vision Building Special Lecture I - IV

English for Academic Purposes

  • Introduction to Academic Research
  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Reading and Critical Reasoning
  • Academic Writing Skills
  • The Language of Policy Science
  • Academic Reading for Policy Science

Foreign Languages

  • A. Japanese *1
  • B. Other Languages (German/French/Chinese etc. *2)

*1 Students with high Japanese proficiency will take other language courses.

*2 In total, there are courses for 10 languages offered.

Computing and Research Methods

  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Policy Information Processing 1, 2
  • Statistics
  • Survey Analysis
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Gaming Simulation Method

Policy Science Subjects

  • A. Introductory Lectures

    • Studies of Political Process
    • Microeconomics for Policy Studies
    • Macroeconomics for Policy Studies
    • Theories of Justice
    • Civil Law
    • Introduction to Mathematics for Policy Studies
    • Constitutional Law
  • B. Advanced Lectures

    Sustainable Urban Policy Program

    The followings are samples of study themes.

    • Urban Planning for Sustainable Cities
    • Community Safety
    • Housing and Policy
    • Community Development and Planning
    • Environmental Policy
    Regional Economy and Development Program

    The followings are samples of study themes.

    • Introduction to Regional Development
    • International Trade and Finance
    • Development Economics
    • Public Economics
    • Economic Institutions
    Multi-level Governance Program

    The followings are samples of study themes.

    • Global Public Policies
    • Inter-Government Relation and Cooperation
    • Constitutional Law
    • Public Management
    • Social Welfare Policies
  • C. Seminars

    • Introduction to Policy Science
    • Policy Seminar
    • Case Study Seminar
    • Problem Based Research for Policy Planning
  • D. Exchange Study Courses

    • Cross Border Policy Issues
    • Introduction to On-site Research I-II
    • Introduction to On-site Research Summer Session

Japanese Studies Courses

  • Courses in Japanese offered for international students

Study abroad

Other College Courses

  • You can check syllabus of the College of Policy Science from HERE.