Development Studies

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Introduction to the Major

Faculty members talk about what you can learn and what makes this major special.

Mission Statement

Development Studies aims to produce graduates who as the next generation, can consider poverty issues from the viewpoint of human dignity, maintain a clear vision of just and sustainable development, and who can apply interdisciplinary skills of theoretical development studies to real world problems.

Learning Goals

  1. Students will learn about Japanese postwar reconstruction and development experiences, as well as its history of development assistance, and acquire a basic understanding of the theoretical studies and policy research concerning economic development, human/social development, and development and the environment in a globalizing world.
  2. Students will examine developmental issues using an interdisciplinary approach, covering fields such as history, political science, social science, anthropology, education, international relations, technology and environmental studies, and will also develop practical skills and techniques.
  3. Students will cultivate skills to integrate their practical experiences in the field and at development related institutions with their theoretical studies.

Specific Courses

  • Starting with General Education courses, students will deepen their understanding of how Development Studies connect with the real world, before they begin their studies in this major. Courses such as "Theories of Development Cooperation" and "Theories of Developmental Economics" will be offered.
  • Foundation Courses will facilitate students' acquisition of a basic understanding of the various disciplines relating to Development Studies. Courses such as "Introduction to Development Studies", "Comparing Cultures" and "International Education Research" will be offered.
  • Area Major courses will allow students to deepen their understanding using an interdisciplinary approach, in various fields including history, politics, economics, education, culture, society, international relations and technology which all relate to Development Studies. Students are also encouraged to actively participate in the Istudy abroad programs in developing countries, and also the domestic and international service learning and field work courses available through various development organizations and programs.
  • For the senior thesis, students are expected to examine developmental issues from a multifaceted viewpoint with guidance of their academic advisor.
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