Bachelor in Policy Science - Community and Regional Policy Studies

Ritsumeikan University

Program Description

Bachelor in Policy Science - Community and Regional Policy Studies

Ritsumeikan University

We are now confronting global issues such as poverty, demographic shifts, urbanization, energy problems and environmental change. The College of Policy Science was founded in 1994, as a response to the society's need to find responses to new problems and solve them by combining advanced academic knowledge in several disciplines.

The CRPS major strongly focuses on active participation of students in small classes to solve these various problems. Small classes allow students to receive detailed guidance from instructors with a variety of backgrounds. Students can also have a lot of opportunities to gain practical experience conducting social surveys and fieldwork both in Japan and abroad.

CRPS major is at Osaka Ibaraki Campus which located midway between Osaka and Kyoto. OIC opened in April 2015, and students can enjoy brand new facilities and comfortable life there. This Campus is open to the local society and community without walls or barriers, harmonious with the surrounding environment.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to have completed 12 years’ of formal school education before enrolling at Ritsumeikan. The required English level is IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 71

Key Features

  • Integrated expertise from various social science and engineering fields
  • Small class sizes, interactive approach
  • Hands-on experience and qualifications in field research
  • Summer fieldwork programs outside of Japan

Policy Science: Global vision, local empowerment

Carefully formulated, well-implemented policies have the power to transform people's lives. Students of policy science learn how to unleash that power by combining advanced academic knowledge in several disciplines with a focus on solving real-life problems. Issues such as poverty, demographic shifts, urbanization, and environmental change are recognized as global challenges, but they all demand locally situated responses. Policy science connects the global and the local, cultivating advanced practitioners to deliver creative solutions which satisfy all stakeholders.

Program Goals in Policy Science

Through the study of Policy Science, students not only gain theoretical knowledge but also engage in practical investigations, giving themselves the potential to succeed in a variety of professions. Graduates of the Community and Regional Policy Studies major can:

  • Research current policy issues methodically from both local and global standpoints
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative research techniques to comprehend and propose solutions to key social problems
  • Read critically, think logically, present effectively, and write persuasively
  • Uphold universal human values such as peace, democracy, human rights, and public interest
  • Respect the concept of “participation” in social decision making
  • Build regional and community networks for practice-oriented social investigation
  • Utilize diverse language skills to play important roles in global society

Career paths

  • National/regional policy planning and research
  • International public administration
  • Urban planning and development
  • Non-government/non-profit sector
  • Community leadership
  • Academic research and consultancy
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 2, 2016
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4 years
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Japan Osaka
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