School of International Relations
The School of International Relations is one of the oldest and best regarded programs in Japan. Professors in the Department of International Relations are highly specialized in the fields of supra-regional studies, and professors in the Department of International Languages and Cultures are experts of the study of diverse regions and languages.
Students in both departments must be active in gaining insights into regions and have numerous opportunities for overseas research and fieldwork. They are encouraged to master theoretical and practical issues in classroom in order to make right decisions in the real world.
Department of International Relations
The state of the class
Moving into the 21st century, the international community is increasingly borderless and diverse. This is also an era of living together with people whose nations, cultures, natural environments, and histories are very different from our own.
These majors approach international relations through studies of politics, economics, and behavioral sciences.
These majors analyze the aspects of international relations from the viewpoints of political science, economics, and law as well as sociology, social psychology, and cultural anthropology.
The IR department has created two programs to meet students’ career choices and interests—the “International Politics and Economics Course” that approaches through studies of politics, economics, and law, and the “International Behavioral Sciences Course” that approaches international relations (both societal and individual) through studies of sociology, social psychology, and cultural anthropology.
Department of International Languages and Cultures
The majors in International Languages and Cultures teach and explore the language, history, philosophy, and history of the world’s major regions to promote mutual international understanding. To achieve this, we examine language as a means of communication and the culture from which this language is inseparable.
By reexamining culture from an international perspective, we cultivate the ability to coexist with people from other cultures.
•English and American Culture
Trading companies, banks, insurance companies, transit companies, journalistic enterprises, international cultural organizations, central and local government offices, schools (classes required for a teacher’s certificate offered), and other employers.
Emi Kaneko, Department of International Relations
My favorite class is Social Research IV (Fieldwork I). In this class, I studied how to do fieldwork and write a report. Students have their topics in which they are interested. We went to a local area, Tamakawa, along the Abe River in the central part of Shizuoka prefecture. We collected data by interviewing local people and working with them. Through this research on the revitalization of this area, I not only saw the ideal and actual situation of the community, but also I really felt the energy and wisdom of local people. Now, I have a great interest in local communities because this class gave me various experiences. In my seminar, I’m also trying with my friends to find ways to resolve our local problems which are common to Shizuoka and the Republic of Kenya. I always think about local communities in Japan with an international point of view.