The College of Policy Science was established in 1994 in response to a growing need for an interdisciplinary approach to solving the increasingly complex issues in the society and is now one of the leading centers in the study of policy in Japan.
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.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Policy Science
Major: Community and Regional Policy Studies
Length: 4 years
Enrollment Period: September
Sustainable Urban Policy
Keywords : Urban Planning for Sustainable Cities, Community Safety, Housing and Policy
Regional Economy and Development
Keywords : Development Economics, Regional Development, Economic Institutions, Public Economics, International Trade and Finance
Keywords : Inter-Government Relations and Cooperation, Global Public Policies, Public Management, Constitutional Law, Social Policies
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Great reasons to choose the College of Policy Science
Reason1: Faculty members from a variety of background
Some of our faculty members are science-oriented social engineers who specialize in urban planning, architecture, and environmental studies, while others are social scientists who specialize in political science, economics, legal science and management. The diversity of teaching staff allows you to not only learn specialized knowledge in various fields closely connected to policy issues, but also use a scientific approach to conduct policy analysis.
Reason 2: Practical experience coducting social surveys
The curriculum at the College of Policy Science will give you practical training implementing social surveys and field research. You will conduct a social survey as a part of a seminar project and use the survey to resolve the challenges of an outside organization. These are the kinds of skills that various organizations are looking for when hiring employees for important research/planning positions. You even have the opportunity to become qualified as a Certified Social Researcher by the Japanese Association for Social Research.
Reason 3: Overseas fieldwork
The College of Policy Science offers summer fieldwork programs abroad. In recent years programs have been offered in a range of countries such as Canada, Great Britain, Thailand, Korea, China, Cambodia, Vietnam and France. Some programs are offered only in Japanese and students with sufficient Japanese language ability are encouraged to apply. Students from Thammasat University in Thailand visit our College for a joint workshop every spring vacation. This joint workshop has received support from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Reason 4: Small classes, active participation
We accept 40 students for the English-based major every year. Students can receive detailed guidance from the instructors, and are encouraged to actively participate in class, with a focus on activities such as discussion and presentations.
Reason 5: Exchange with Japanese students
We offer courses that both English-based students and Japanese-based students can take. Through these Bridge Courses, you can study together not only with other students in the English-based major but also with students in the Japanese-based major. Bridge Courses will be taught in English.
Reason 6: Japanese language studies
By studying Japanese language 6 hours per week for 2 years, you will be able to achieve an intermediate or even an advanced level of Japanese. This will be a great advantage in your career, as major Japanese companies are actively hiring international students who can speak both English and Japanese for important positions.
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Last updated June 15, 2017