Learning various subjects step by step
The Faculty of Economics features a wide range of course offerings and specializations, including economic theory, quantitative research, economic history, political economy, and labor-welfare studies. We offer a curriculum designed to be diverse and systematic.
In their first and second years, undergraduate students choose courses from three categories, "Introductory subjects," "Common basic subjects," and "Specialized basic subjects." These courses give students a necessary knowledge of the fundamentals of economics. From their third year, students choose from a wide array of "Applied subjects," intended to equip them with a deeper understanding of economics and to give them an opportunity to develop their own unique research interests.
In order to meet the needs of an era of globalization and informatization, we offer abundant opportunities for lectures in English, exchanges and discussions with other universities in Japan and overseas, and courses to develop the ability to analyze economic data (Statistics, Econometrics, Data science exercises, etc.). In addition, we invite instructors from inside and outside the university to offer more practical and advanced courses.
Small-group education by practice subjects
The faculty offers small-class seminars from the time of admission to the time of graduation. Each student receives patient and detailed, one-on-one guidance as they work to complete presentations, discussions, and thesis writing.
For first- and second-year students, we first offer "Innovative Workshops." In these courses, faculty members and students work together to find solutions to real-life economic problems while conducting fieldwork and data observation.
In the course "Thesis Exercise," under the careful guidance of the faculty members, students read specialized literature on a research theme of their choosing and summarize the results of their survey in a literature review in preparation for the writing of an academic thesis.
In the course "Economic Data Science Exercise," students learn how to formulate unique hypotheses, and to verify them through the use of statistical theory, statistical data, and technology.
From the third year onward, students register for "Specialized Exercises" courses related closely to their developing field of research interest. From this stage, under the guidance of their supervisor, students choose their research topic and write their graduation thesis. Specialized Exercises are also chances for various hands-on-learning outside the classroom, such as company tours and seminar camps. In addition, Specialized Exercises often feature what are called “Inter-seminars" for the purpose of exchange between seminars inside and outside the university.
Because in our faculty, we maintain a small student-to-teacher ratio, students in Specialized Exercises courses can work closely with the instructor and receive highly personalized instruction.