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Students majoring in Economics will be introduced to the mechanisms of the current market economy. As internationalization of economic activities as well as the impact of the falling birthrate and the aging population increase rapidly, structural reforms responding to such social circumstances have become central policy concerns. Understanding the mechanisms of real economic activities from a theoretical and empirical framework will become the basis for generating measures to prevent poverty and unemployment, as well as protecting the global environment and maintaining living standards. The Economics major enables students to analyze which are the most effective measures to assist the socially vulnerable within financial constraints, and which organizations can most efficiently carry these measures out, not only in business and industry but also in fields such as social security and welfare.
The main goal of Economics is to carry out theoretical research that satisfies international standards, but it also aims to train human resources to who can, through empirical research, contribute solutions to specific economic problems faced by governments and economic societies today.
Students majoring in Economics will learn how to analyze current social problems using a variety of economics based perspectives. Course-taking plans would depend upon the future goal after graduation and are separated as follows: (1) the one for the student would like to utilize economics for specialized jobs, i.e. academic communities, international institutions, and government offices; (2) the one for the student would regard economics as a part of wide-ranging knowledge.
After completing foundation courses, students will combine courses that teach fundamental macroeconomic/microeconomic theory and econometric analysis methods with courses that deal with their application in a variety of areas. Those who aspire to continue onto graduate school where they can gain a more thorough understanding of economics should complete more courses dealing with theoretical and quantitative methods. For those who plan to work at business enterprises, etc., it would be reasonable to take courses centering on applied economics.