First-year students take small-group seminar classes that cover foundational topics, including writing reports and essays, giving presentations, and so on, which helps them become accustomed to university study. Second- to fourth-year students select specialized seminars that are aligned with academic themes that match their personal interests, choosing from a broad array of options, and use those seminars as a springboard to ultimately develop the practical skills required for writing a seminar thesis and a graduation thesis.
Required English classes in the first year and elective English classes in the second year are assigned based on students’ TOEIC-IP test score to enable them to advance at their own pace. Additionally, there is a system for certifying English class credits that is unique to the Faculty of Economics. In both the regular departments and the Evening Course, TOEIC scores earned in the previous year as well as language training courses in the Faculty of Economics are recognized in the second to fourth year as part of a student support program.
Students can also study other languages, including German, French, and Chinese, from a basic to an advanced level.
The Faculty includes small-group seminar classes comprising lectures on microeconomics and macroeconomics, which instill in students the fundamentals of economic theory. Specialized classes offered after the foundational seminars provide a comprehensive examination of indispensable economic concepts. Detailed and careful instructions are provided in classes based on a short test given at every class meeting, which serves as a regular check on student comprehension, with support available from student assistants and teaching assistants.
A particularly important tool is our e-Learning system, which enables students to repeatedly review lecture content whenever and wherever necessary. Using online material that covers the same content as that in the Basic Economics Seminars (each professor prepares videos of their lectures), students can follow the progress of their class and study at their own pace.
During the first year of the program, students develop a foundation in computer literacy through hands-on computer training. Subsequently, students continue in the second through fourth years with more advanced training. This work goes beyond computer techniques alone and also covers topics such as how to avoid being a target of cybercrime and how to follow proper “netiquette” standards when using the Internet and other networks.
The Faculty of Economics conducts evaluations of its professors to raise the level of overall faculty performance, focusing mainly on their research and instructional track records while encouraging professors independently to boost the quality of their research and instruction in the Faculty overall.
Faculty of Economics Overseas Training (12 days) is also held in early March. This is conducted at our partner schools, Strasbourg University (France) and the University of Marburg (Germany). The training includes economics lectures by local professors as well as interaction with students at those institutions. It is a valuable opportunity for students to have contact with the culture, customs, and historical background of other countries.
Additionally, the Faculty administers a Current Affairs Proficiency Exam, Level II for all first-year students. This exam strives to foster personal awareness and proficiency in students with regard to various issues in our modern society.
Furthermore, we implement class surveys as part of an effort to improve the curriculum. When spring and fall semester classes end, all professors hand out questionnaires and use the results as feedback for the next term’s classes.
While functioning as a place for academic study, the university simultaneously is a venue for developing one’s personal character as part of becoming a member of society. Human Rights Education Seminars are offered to ensure that students have a strong awareness of human rights, consideration for others, and the ability to avoid being involved in crime either as a perpetrator or a victim. These seminars help instill the mindset needed for functioning as part of society.