The Faculty of Economics offers four concentrations: Economic Theory & History, Economic Policy, Management, and Finance & Accounting. Students are able to develop specializations through study in accordance with structured curriculum models. This is a flexible system, under which students achieving excellent grades in each concentration are accredited for its completion. Regular courses in the Faculty are divided into the categories of Introductory Seminars, Introductory Courses, Foundation Courses, Advanced Courses I, Advanced Courses II, Faculty of Law Courses, and Special Lectures, and are basically organized so as to enable incremental learning. Since its establishment, the Faculty has emphasized seminar-style teaching and has developed interactive learning systems that enable instructors to engage with small groups of students. In the small-group seminar classes, students take the lead in presenting on and debating various topics under the guidance of their instructor, thereby developing the creativity and intellectual capacity to elucidate the true nature of problems. Students who have earned the prescribed number of credits after being enrolled for at least four years (at least two years for 3rd Year transfer students) are accredited as having passed their Bachelor’s degree examinations and are awarded the degree. A minimum of 124 credits is required for graduation, including at least 40 credits in Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses and at least 84 credits in Advanced Courses of the Faculty. Students may also choose to complete graduation theses, for which six credits are awarded. There are no compulsory courses in the Faculty of Economics. This reflects the Faculty’s policy of encouraging free and open learning. Completion of a graduation thesis is also optional but, from the 2010 academic year, we have been encouraging more students to pursue graduation theses by offering awards for outstanding efforts. In 2013, we established an Office for Student Affairs for students of the Faculty of Economics and Graduate School of Economics. Here, students can seek advice on various problems and concerns that they may encounter in the course of their university lives. We also established an International Student Support Office to support international students studying in the Faculty of Economics and the Graduate School of Economics. The support services offered by this office include course-related support (information on course content, advice on literature search methods and study strategies, Japanese proofreading of essays, etc.) and administrative support (course registration, assistance with administrative procedures, scholarship information, etc.), as well as assistance in locating facilities on campus, explanation of visa-related documents, and consultations for job-seekers. International students can still ask questions and seek advice by email, even when the office is closed for the spring, summer, and winter vacations.
The Faculty of Economics offers a number of endowed lectures: practically-oriented classes featuring invited external experts. These are taught by professionals working at the front lines of professional practice, sometimes including corporate top management.
- “Investment Banking Practice and Global Strategies” by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
- “Advanced Banking” by Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
- “Kyoto Economics” by Bank of Kyoto, Ltd.
- “The Law and Practice of Asset Management” by the Japan Investment Advisers Association and the Investment Trusts Association, Japan
- “Corporate Value Creation and its Valuation” by Norinchukin Value Investments Co., Ltd.