International Relations Programs
What is the School of International Relations?
Even as our world becomes increasingly globalized through the exchange of information, culture, and interaction across borders through the IT revolution, there still remains intense regional conflict in certain parts of the world, as well as socioeconomic and ethnic disparities. In order to keep up with the dynamic changes taking place in our world today, we focus on regional studies of Asia, America, Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa, and Oceania, as well as linguistics and language studies as prerequisite to regional studies.
In order to analyze the current state of our world, it is necessary to study all aspects of its background, including history, culture, and language. The School of International Relations covers various research areas such as philosophy, literature, art sciences, cultural studies, linguistics and language, history, anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics. Our school encourages and cultivates a multidisciplinary and multi-perspective approach to studying these subjects, which are essential to fully understand problems in our ever-increasing complex modern society.
While public and private universities throughout the nation have student–teacher ratios that average 41.5 to 1, the Department of International Languages and Cultures has an average ratio of 13.8, and our International Relations Department has an average ratio of 13.5. We emphasize the importance of a small class environment, not mass-produced education. Furthermore, during the 3rd and 4th year, we concentrate on “seminars,” where each student focuses on specific areas of study, allowing individuals to discover their own personal interests. This gives each student the opportunity to become specialized in what interests him/her the most while at the same time holding a diversified perspective.
We have exchange programs with the following universities: Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Lille, Ohio State University, Bogazici University, Free University of Brussels, Zhejiang University, and University of the Philippines. Students earn credits during their study abroad. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a specific country’s social issues to experience firsthand what it is like to live and study in the local community there. The exchange programs help students to deepen their understanding of the region’s current situation. We continue to open relationships with increasing international universities.
The mission of the School of International Relations is to nurture and cultivate educated individuals who have deep insights as well as the ability to see multidimensional perspectives. We are confident that such individuals will become pioneers of the future of our global community.