Graduate School Features
About the Graduate School of International Relations
1. Training Specialists for the International Stage
The Graduate School of International Relations aims to train specialists for work in international institutions (such as multinational corporations or the United Nations); non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and international Japanese companies in the fields of economics, politics, education, culture, and journalism. Staff strength of 60 people is available for up to five student batches per year for each of the two departments, to facilitate detailed interdisciplinary education based on advanced research and education.
2. Novel Advanced Research Approaches to International Relations
To understand the trends of the 21st century international community, we need an analysis framework that takes politics, economics, law, and culture into consideration.
We are exploring new academic approaches to understanding extremely complicated international relations, for instance, the international environment surrounding Japan, the existence of the United States as the sole superpower, the national borderless experiment of European integration, the destabilized developing countries, the global economy, and global environmental issues.
3. A Super-Regional and Academic Perspective Approach to International Relations
We approach the study of people, religion, and various activities of social groups and individuals who significantly affect the international community beyond national borders by analyzing the sociology, social psychology, cultural anthropology, and communication viewpoints.
Rather than following traditionally focused international relations studies, we explore a social science approach that encompasses a sophisticated "global studies" perspective and advances international relations study that focuses on the human component.
4. Understanding Cultural Factors through Broad Comparative Perspective
Here we use language, literature, history, philosophy, and religion to investigate and elucidate the state of various cultures in the world. By adding perspectives of an academic discipline and cross-disciplinary comparison, we aim at cultivating graduates capable of viewing the international community from a multifaceted perspective and of understanding what is unique and universal to various cultures and their value systems.
5. Acquiring a Global Perspective
By establishing four regional study programs (focusing on Japan, Asia, Britain and America, and Europe), developing specialized studies of their related regions, and teaching students the basic principles and methodologies required for comparative research, we emphasize a global perspective and its academic application.