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Department of Economics

Educational Aims

 We aim to ground students in the theories and empirical methods of economics. By doing so they will be in a good position to apply what they have learned to more specialized fields such as economic policy-making. We expect our students to comprehensively understand and solve various problems pertaining to recent economic activities and be familiar with current theories.

 Curricular Outline

 Our curriculum is designed to imbue students with both theoretical and empirical methods of economics. We offer small-class seminars each year. In those seminars, the interests of each student are duly considered as they learn the skills to analyze economic situations comprehensively and to propose solutions to various issues from economic and political perspectives. In the seminar sessions for first-year students, basic university study skills are emphasized. Students then proceed to study economics both individually and in small groups in their second- and third-year seminars. In the final year, many students write graduation theses based on their research gleaned during seminar activities. In addition, our curriculum offers wide range of liberal-arts courses such as history and culture to cultivate international awareness. We also seek to help students better understand some of the diverse issues facing our world.

 Curricular Features

 First year students must take fundamental study skills seminars, in which they learn how to study as university students, how to write academic reports, and how to discuss economic topics. Second-, third-, and fourth year students delve into their own research fields under the instruction of a supervisor during their seminar activities. These seminars are designed to help students to finish a graduation thesis. The economic courses we offer are based on the following three different stances: (1) an approach emphasizing theory, (2) one that emphasizes comparative analyses, and (3) one emphasizing policy making measures.