Graduate School of Global and Intercultural 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 Graduate School 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 Graduate School of Global and Intercultural Studies

By providing education and encouraging research on theories and applications in the field of international exchanges, the Graduate School 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.

Graduate School of Global and Intercultural Studies Organization Chart

Graduate School of Global and Intercultural Studies
Graduate Program in Global and Intercultural Studies

Evening and Saturday Courses
This Graduate School 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 Graduate School of Global and Intercultural 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 Graduate School of Global and Intercultural Studies. All other research divisions and faculties at Ferris University are limited to female enrollment.)

The Curriculum
Graduate Program in Global and Intercultural Studies

Studies of globalization

FURUUCHI, Yohei Professor New Testament Studies, Bioethics
Benjamin MIDDLETON Professor International Political Theory, Human Rights Issues, Peacebuilding
SUGINOHARA, Masako Professor International Political Economy, Comparative Political Economy
TAKAO, Ayako Associate Professor Environment and society, environmental education, Education for Sustainable Development
TAKAYANAGI, Akio Professor International Relations, International Development Studies
YAMAMOTO, Chiaki Associate Professor Gender and Law

Globalization and Communities

ASAKURA, Mie Professor Western Fashion History, French Culture
CHIASHI, Akihiro Associate Professor Environment and Development, Environmental Governance
KIM, Hyang Nam Professor Sociology of Family, Social Welfare Policy, Korean Society
KISO, Junko Professor Development Economics, South Asian Economies
TAMARU, Risa Professor German Literature, Gender Studies
UEHARA, Kaori Associate Professor Chinese, Chinese Culture and Literature
UEHARA, Yoshiko Professor History of French International Relations, European Integration
YANO, Kumiko Professor History of Ideas, German Studies

Globalization and Japan

HIGA, Marcelo G. Professor Latin American Studies
IZUTANI, Yoko Professor Modern and Contemporary Chinese History
KAKEHI, Masahiro Professor Medieval Japanese History
ONISHI, Hiroshi Professor Modern and Contemporary Japanese History, Studies of Yokohama
SAITO, Nao Professor History of Japanese Economy, History of Japanese Business
SATO, Akira Professor Global Environmental Issues, Resource Issues
SHINJOH, Michihiko Professor Modern History of East Asia