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Human Sciences International Undergraduate Degree Program

1. Program Overview

The new Human Sciences International Undergraduate Degree Program aims to cultivate self-motivated, reflective students who have a sophisticated knowledge base and the necessary practical skills to meet the challenges that they will face in our fast-changing, globalized world. At the same time, it aims to nurture students who have a well-defined area of expertise and who are able to bring workable solutions to a variety of problems and issues in their field.
This exciting and innovative program is being offered from October in the 2011-2012 school year by the School and Graduate School of Human Sciences in collaboration with other schools, graduate schools, and research centers at Osaka University. In addition to providing an English language-based program that develops critical thinking and human science research skills (both qualitative and quantitative), it is also expected that students will develop a high-level proficiency in Japanese.
From the fourth semester, students will major in either Global Citizenship or Contemporary Japan. The Global Citizenship Major is intended to provide a learning environment in which students acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude for reflecting critically on and engaging positively with global issues. The Contemporary Japan Major aims to provide students with a Japanese studies curriculum that encourages the development of informed, critical and multicultural perspectives on Japan, Japanese culture and its international relations in the world. Japanese language study will be compulsory in the freshman and sophomore years for both majors and optional thereafter.
These two majors are not separate, but will be effectively integrated in order to nurture ‘GLocal actors’ who can think and act both locally and globally.

2.  Admissions Policy

We seek to recruit students who are concerned with contemporary issues in the world at various levels, from local to global, and who are committed to building communities and societies where people can live in peace and harmony. Further details about specific academic and language proficiency admission requirements will be publicized in due course.

3. Sample subjects

  • Academic writing 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Research and computer skills 
  • Media and communication 
  • Global cooperation 
  • Multicultural understanding
  • Modern Japanese philosophy and thought 
  • Japanese aesthetics 
  • Japanese legal and political systems 


4. Graduation Requirements

The students are expected to earn at least 124 credits (including common core subjects, specialized subjects, field work, independent study project, and graduation thesis).  

5. Career Opportunities

This program equips students to work in Japanese/global companies or international organizations and NGOs, or to pursue advanced academic degrees.

  • For additional information, details, and more on this exciting program, go here!

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