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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.

After completing General Education courses, from the second semester of your second year, students will choose one of 3 courses: Political and Global Studies, Diversity and Inclusion Studies, and Japan Studies.

In the Political and Global Studies course, students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for considering and actively working for the resolution of global issues from the viewpoints of politics, economics, and international relations.

In the Diversity and Inclusion Studies course, students will study social equality issues and explore the ideal form of an inclusive society built by diverse individuals from the perspectives of education, health, welfare, and economics to acquire expertise to create systems and measures necessary for realizing such a society.

In the Japan Studies course, students will acquire a wealth of knowledge about Japan and nurture the ability to consider Japan, Japanese culture, and its international relations from critical and multicultural perspectives.

These three courses are not individually designed but are a comprehensive set of mutually reinforced courses established to nurture global talent who can act with an international viewpoint while respecting regional uniqueness.

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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