Division of Global and Inter-cultural Studies

Focusing on globalization research, this major includes three areas of research: Studies of globalization, Globalization and Local Communities, and Globalization and Japan. The curriculum comprises these three areas of research, mutually linked to one another, allowing students to acquire knowledge outside the boundaries of a chosen field of specialization. Based on this type of research system, the Division aims to foster professionals that possess specialized knowledge and a high level of intellectual training designed for use in global society.

Those who have completed the courses have learned how to research and view particular issues of globalization, and serve the international community in many roles as individuals with excellent judgment, originality, and creativity. The international working community includes local authorities, government institutions, international projects presented by NGO/NPOs, international or research departments of private companies.

Human Development Goal of the Division of Global and Inter-cultural Studies

By providing education and encouraging research on theories and applications in the field of international exchanges, the Division aims to develop scholars with refined research acumen, professionals with high expertise and competence, and members of society who have comprehensive knowledge in their specialized fields and beyond, which meets the needs of the era of globalization.

Division of Global and Inter-cultural Studies Organization Chart

Division of Global and Inter-cultural Studies
Master’s/Doctoral Course of Global and Inter-cultural Studies

Evening and Saturday Courses
This division has adopted an evening course system in order to expand the opportunity for working people to study at the graduate school level. Such a flexible curriculum allows students to attend classes either during the day, during the evening, or on Saturdays.

Long-term Enrollment System
This department introduced the Long-term Enrollment System that allows students to spend more time studying and writing a master's thesis at a pace that suits their lifestyle. The standard length of this system is four years (maximum eight years). This system is made possible because we have allowed students to earn up to at least eight credits each year to stay eligible as students without any additional financial burden.

Note: Foreign students who wish to participate in the Long-term Enrollment System should contact the university’s admissions office and be sure to receive an explanation about the system before applying.

Final Reports
Working adults are able to submit two final reports instead of a master's thesis: one regarding their own experiences and the current times that relate to generating ideas and the other is a free topic report. For the former, students are expected to write something about their own experience (work, home, society, communities, other country, etc.) from the perspective of the current times and world affairs. For the latter, students are expected to pick and write a theme for research that interests them. The Final Reports are a new initiative, and we hope that students will look to extract new ideas from their valuable experiences and develop them with reference to what they have learned.

Coeducational System
Ferris University was the first school for girls ever established in Japan. Since its foundation, the university has worked to develop women's education and promote the cause of female independence and equality between the sexes. However, we believe that research at the Graduate School level into issues, such as the applicability of feminist theory in modern society and the process forming gender boundaries, necessitates discussions with male perspectives on those issues as well. Thus, the Division of Global and Inter-cultural Studies offers its graduate school program for both men and women, where they can learn from each other on a wide range of gender-related subject matters. (Please note that the coeducational system has only been implemented by the Division of Global and Inter-cultural Studies. All other research divisions and faculties at Ferris University are limited to female enrollment.)

The Curriculum
Course of Global and Inter-cultural Studies

Studies of globalization

Position Title Name Major
Professor ARAI, Makoto Comparative law, European legal history, history of European Universities
Professor HARAGUCHI, Takaaki New Testament Studies, Bioethics
Professor HARUKI, Yoshikatsu Sofrware engineering, information science
Professor Benjamin MIDDLETON Sociology, intellectual history & globalization studies
Professor TAKAYANAGI, Akio International relations, development studies
Professor WADA, Koichi History of Olympic Games, History of Physical Education and sport
Associate Professor FURUUCHI, Yohei International Political Theory, Human Rights Issues, Peacebuilding
Associate Professor TAKAO, Ayako Environment and society, environmental education

Globalization and Communities

Position Title Name Major
Professor KIM, Hyang Nam Sociology of Family, Social Welfare Policy, Korean Society
Professor KISO, Junko Development economics, South Asian economies
Professor NAKATSUKA, Jiro Spanish history
Professor OHNO, Eijiro French literature and culture
Professor TAMARU, Risa German literature, gender studies
Professor TERAO, Ryukichi Latin-American literature
Professor UEHARA, Yoshiko History of French international relations, European unification
Professor YANO, Kumiko History of Ideas, German Studies
Professor YOKOYAMA, Masaki Peace Studies, development and environmental issues in Asia-Pacific region
Associate Professor FUKUSHIMA, Hitoshi History of contemporary Chinese thought

Globalization and Japan

Position Title Name Major
Professor HIGA, Marcelo G. Area studies of Latin American
Professor KAKEHI, Masahiro Medieval Japanese history
Professor ONISHI, Hiroshi Modern and contemporary Japanese history, studies of Yokohama
Professor SATO, Akira Global environmental issues, resource issues
Professor TSUNEOKA(NORIMOTO), Setsuko Comparative constitutional law
Associate Professor SAITO, Nao History of Japanese economy, history of Japanese business