The department strives to instill in every student a comprehensive understanding of and skills for solving diverse problems faced by modern economies through the use of economic theories and methods of empirical analysis, which are founded upon objective knowledge related to economic policies and systems.
The curriculum of the Department of Economics focuses on theoretical and empirical approaches to allow students to master standard subjects in economics. Seminar classes from the first to the fourth year involve active learning about topics selected by the students. The classes strive to foster problem-solving skills and the ability to propose policies founded upon comprehensive analysis. In the first year, students solidify their grasp of fundamentals and proceed to systematically deepen their specialized knowledge through group-based and individual research in the second and third years. Then, in the fourth year, students assemble their results in the form of a graduation thesis. Furthermore, electives that are common classes in the Faculty of Economics are also available. These are intended to encourage an understanding of history and culture through general education courses and foster comprehensive awareness and perspectives on diverse issues.
Required seminar classes are part of the program from the beginning. The first-year seminars cover study skills needed as a college student, in addition to how to write reports and engage in debates. Students from each seminar compete against one another in report and debate competitions. Furthermore, lecture classes in the first and second years deal with the fundamental subjects of economics while taking an issues-based approach to enable students to master the foundational theories of economics. Based on the fundamental knowledge provided in the lecture classes, third- and fourth-year specialized classes enable students to master more advanced topics. Additionally, specialized learning advances according to the individual interests of each student and based on the instruction that professors offer in their specialized fields during the seminars. The ultimate goal of the seminars is to lead students toward assembling the results of their specialized studies in the form of a graduation thesis.