International Relations

International Relations

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Major Introduction

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Mission Statement

The Major in International Relations will:

  1. Achieve the "international" mission of the university by striving for the truth through the study of international relations at the first university in postwar Japan to include "international" in its name.
  2. Elucidate a wide range of topics and problems in today's international community with heightened sensitivity, discerning judgment, and logical and critical thinking skills.
  3. Nurture courage and the ability to establish effective leadership in dealing with the problems faced by countries and peoples suffering from a variety of issues, including racial, sexual, linguistic, religious, political, economic, and environmental concerns.

Learning Goals

  1. In the Foundation Courses, students will become familiarized with key concepts of international relations and international politics, and establish basic knowledge of the history of international relations and Japan's international relations.
  2. In the Area Major Courses, students will be immersed in state of the art regional studies on Japan, America, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, based on theoretical studies of foreign policy, international security, international political economy, international development cooperation, and the global environment.
  3. In writing a Senior Thesis, students will develop their ability to identify a research problem, situate their research in relevant literature, analyze the problem with an appropriate method, draw implications, and effectively communicate the outcomes of the research.

Education in International Relations opens the door to career development in international organizations, governmental organizations, multinational businesses, civil society organizations, journalism and academia worldwide. The ICU Graduate School also offers a graduate program for the degree of Master of Arts in International Relations.