Department of Economics
Responding to a Rapidly Changing Economy
Rapidly Changing Economy
The economy today is changing at an unprecedented speed. Globally, we face a variety of problems that include the collapse of the former Soviet socialist economy, serious environmental issues, growing inequality, poverty and starvation?although there are some bright aspects, such as the rapidly growing economy in China. In Japan, we also face issues that we never have before, such as a prolonged economic slump, bankruptcy, a financial crisis, restructuring, enormous fiscal deficits, and the ageing of society.
Studies in economics and business management clarify the economic structure that underlies various social issues and identify the regularity that runs through economic activities with the ultimate goal of finding a prescription for true prosperity in the future.
The Department of Economics responds to the needs of the time and provides young students with the opportunity to, along with the teaching staff, think through a variety of matters ranging from daily shopping to global issues. Both students and teaching staff are eager to find solutions to the mountainous pile of social and economic problems. We believe that it is the mission of our department to produce graduates with the abilities and skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing era.
Solid Teaching Staff, Broad Range of Specialized Education
The Department of Economics has more than thirty teachers. Their diverse expertise includes finance, economic policy, trade, international finance, labor, social policy, environmental economics, and corporate management and accounting. Expertise covers not only Japan, but extends to Asia?and North America and Europe as well. Our department is one of the few in Japan that covers such a wide range of topics in economics and business administration. We also place importance on both IT education and small-group education throughout the four years of study.
Theory and Information
This course aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge necessary to think through logically a variety of issues related to a complicated economy, and to develop their ability to analyze statistical data?knowledge and ability more and more in demand by both government and business.
With the aim stated above, our course has established a systematic program in which students are introduced, in their first year, to economic theory, statistical information, mathematics for economics; and then move on, in the following years, to study microeconomics, macroeconomics, industrial organization, international economics, information economics, statistics, economic statistics, quantitative economics, social economics, and economic information processing.
Our course curriculum provides a variety of options after graduation: entering the private sector workforce, working in the public sector, going to graduate school, working at research institutes or in corporate research divisions, and taking tests for qualifications in a variety of specialized fields. (The tests cover theory-related subjects in most cases, similar to the qualifying exams for becoming a public servant.)
Economy and Policy
The global society in the 21st century throws a variety of challenges at us, one after another, that are difficult to overcome with existing theories and policies. All the challenges, including environmental issues and the global-wide widening gap between rich and poor, require strong initiatives based on the concept of "Think globally, act locally." This course aims to nurture studentsf abilities to formulate policies to solve such problems.
Educational goals shall be achieved through studentsf (1) development of the capacity to understand, both globally and historically, the problems that both the world and Japan face, (2) acquisition of the necessary "literacy"--ability in languages, ability in accessing and handling information using IT tools, and (3) development of the capacity to bring abstract knowledge to life by using it to formulate policies to solve real problems.
We expect our students to develop their sense of humanity and their desire to contribute to solving the various problems we face today. After graduation, they are likely to work in the private sector at home and overseas, in think tanks, as consultants, for national or local governments, or for such citizens groups as NPOs and NGOs.
Corporate Business and Economics
This course helps students acquire both the wide array of knowledge related to corporate economy and the ability to accurately use that knowledge to analyze conditions--so that they will be able to contribute to the further development of society and the improvement of welfare. We aim to develop students who can, as IT and globalization advance rapidly, provide visions for future corporations and organizational management.
We expect our students to have a willingness to investigate the modern corporate economy. We also expect them to have the desire to think through solutions to various problems related to corporate economy. We expect students to use their knowledge of corporate economy to make a contribution to society.
After graduation, our students are likely to work at private corporations or for national and local governments, or to work as such professionals as certified accountants, tax accountants, and management consultants. They also have an option to go to a graduate school to further acquire more specialized knowledge.