The department strives to foster “human resources with practical competence and the ability to actively work in an international society,” in addition to an understanding of economics necessary for engaging in global economic activities, skills for communicating in multiple languages (including English), and competency in information processing (including utilizing the Internet).
Students in the Department of International Economics will acquire the sound foundation in economic theory that is expected of those in the Faculty of Economics. Starting in their first year, students will also study developments in economics and society in areas around the globe to gain a broad-based perspective on international economics and society. From the second year, students will utilize their individual awareness of issues to engage in the empirical study of international economic frameworks that are increasingly globalizing in the 21st century, focusing on the concrete aspects of economic conditions, trade, international finance, and corporate activities in various parts of the world, including Japan.
Further, required classes up to the second year strive to instill in students practical English skills taught by native-speaking teachers, along with foreign language skills in another non-English language (German, French, or Chinese). Other elective classes until the fourth year of the program enhance and promote students’ international understanding through language acquisition.
Required seminar classes offered from the first to the fourth year provide students with presentation, discussion, debate skills, and proficiency in writing.
Students may study a non-English foreign language (German, French, or Chinese) until their fourth year, including classes in TOEIC, German Language Certification, French Language Certification, and Chinese Language Certification, which fosters language ability necessary for responding to the changes of globalization.
Support for students’ careers is also offered through career formation classes such as Career Design and Internship Practicum, which helps students develop an idea of what work would be like in a company or government office after they graduate. These practical studies and experiences that are offered starting in the first year of the program help students select an occupation and plan for the future.