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.
Purpose of Education and Research at the Division of Global and Inter-cultural Studies
To conduct theoretical and applied research in the field of inter-cultural studies, as well as foster scholars of high research ability, working adults equipped with advanced knowledge and skills, and individuals who can come out of the world of a specialized field and demonstrate a global understanding with a wide range of knowledge.
Master’s degrees will be granted to students who have acquired expertise and skills in the field of inter-cultural studies as well as a wide range of knowledge who can demonstrate a global understanding beyond their specialized field, and, as individuals and professionals serving various roles in the international community, can demonstrate excellent judgment, originality, and creativity.
Students will learn about theories and applications related to the field of inter-cultural studies through the following three research groups: Studies of globalization, Globalization and Local Communities, and Globalization and Japan. While students select a research group based on an individual theme and conduct research, they will acquire a wide range of knowledge that allows them to come from out of a specialized field and acquire specialized knowledge and a high level of intellectual training needed to serve as individuals and professionals in the international community.
Applicants who understand the educational and research ideals of this division will be tested through an entrance examination conducted on multiple occasions where individuals will draw up on their research and other relevant experiences. Applicants who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to promote interest and research in the field of inter-cultural studies will be accepted.
Doctorate degrees will be granted to students who have acquired expertise and skills necessary for independent researchers in the field of inter-cultural studies and a wide range of knowledge and ability to investigate matters who coming from out of a specialized field can demonstrate a global understanding and, as workers and researchers serving various roles in the international community, can demonstrate excellent judgment, originality, and creativity.
Students will learn about advanced theories and applications related to the field of inter-cultural studies. While students select a research group based on an individual theme and conduct research, they will acquire a wide range of knowledge and ability to investigate matters, from out of a specialized field, and acquire advanced research skills and vast knowledge which supports those skills, needed to serve as professionals and researchers in the international community.
Applicants who understand the educational and research ideals of this division will be selected through an entrance examination where individuals will draw upon their individual research experience and expertise. Applicants who are interested in the field of inter-cultural studies and possess the necessary expertise and skills as well as a wide range of knowledge that allows them to come from out of a specialized field and demonstrate a global understanding will be accepted.
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.
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.
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.)
Studies of globalization
|Professor||ARAI, Makoto||Comparative law, History of European universities|
|Professor||HARUKI, Yoshikatsu||Information technology, Information society research , Management Information Systems|
|Professor||SATO, Akira||Global environmental issues, resource issues|
|Professor||TAKAYANAGI, Akio||International relations, development studies, NGO/Civil Society studies|
|Professor||UMAHASHI, Norio||Global Issues and Roles of Civil Society Organizations/ NGO, NPO|
|Professor||YAHATA, Kiyofumi||History of Economic Doctrines, History of international relations theory|
|Modern Society, Sociology in an age of globalization, Contemporary Philosophy|
Globalization and Communities
|Professor||EGAMI, Sachiko||Modern and contemporary Chinese literature, women's studies|
|Professor||HIGA, Marcelo G.||Spanish, Area studies of Latin American|
|Professor||HIROISHI, Nozomu||New testament studies, History of primitive Christianity|
|Professor||KISO, Junko||Development economics, economics of Southern Asia|
|Professor||NAKATSUKA, Jiro||Modern and contemporary Spanish history|
|Professor||ONO, Eijiro||European Cultural Studies(Modern France)|
|Professor||TAMARU, Risa||German literature, gender studies|
|Professor||UEHARA, Yoshiko||French contemporary History, European unification|
|Professor||YANO, Kumiko||History of Ideas, German politics and culture|
|Professor||YOKOYAMA, Ayumi||French literature|
|Professor||YOKOYAMA, Masaki||Irenology, development and environmental issues in Asia-Pacific region|
|Associate Professor||FUKUSHIMA, Hitoshi||History of contemporary Chinese thought|
|Associate Professor||KIM, Hyang Nam||Korean society, family sociology, studies of social welfare, politics|
|Associate Professor||TERAO, Ryukichi||Contemporary Latin-American literature|
|Associate Professor||ZEHNG, Haolan||Modern and contemporary Chinese history, Modern China studies|
Globalization and Japan
|Professor||KAKEI, Masahiro||Medieval Japanese history|
|Professor||NAMIKI, Masahito||Modern and contemporary Korean history|
|Professor||ONISHI, Hiroshi||Modern and contemporary Japanese history, studies of Yokohama|
|Comparative constitutional law|