Faculties & Courses

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law

At the Faculty of Law, students will predominantly be studying the Japanese legislative and political systems. In an increasingly globalized world, Japanese laws are becoming more and more internationalized – this is not surprising, seeing as the current Law of Japan is a hybrid of the German, French and American legislative systems to begin with. A hybrid legislative system like this is considered to be rare, even on a global scale; the Japanese adopted laws used in foreign countries to create their own unique legislative system, adapting some laws to reflect Japanese traditions and customs. Equipped with this experience, Japan is, in turn, currently lending support to other countries in Asia to help them build or improve their own legislative systems.

This course could particularly benefit international students who, by learning about Japanese law and comparing it to the legislative system in their home country, might gain some perspective about the social and legal landscape at home, and might also develop their cross-cultural understanding. As an international student, we’d like to think that your experiences in Japan would stay with you even after you’ve graduated.Or, perhaps, if you were interested in working in Japan in the future, your knowledge and understanding of the Japanese legislative system would undoubtedly become a great asset to you, whether you decide to work in a foreign company in Japan, or in a Japanese company with divisions based overseas.

The Faculty of Economics and Management

The Faculty of Economics and Management

The Faculty of Economics and Management is establishing two courses to address “the future” and “what to study for it.”
International students are likely hoping to work in companies in Japan or in their native country. Many of our international graduates, having obtained the most important knowledge for working in industries using economics and management, are currently active in business around the globe.

I. Economy and Society

Global financial instability, climate change, energy crisis, funding of welfare, and other issues effecting the planet are topics frequently engaging today’s society. In this course, the student will be trained to apply various approaches using economics and knowing how to apply techniques and knowledge to appropriately analyze the state of the economy and society. Students will also be prepared to understand the essence of such topics and present solutions assertively.

II. Management and Accounting

When joining a company, marketing and business strategies as well as knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting will help you a great deal. In this course, students will systematically learn specialized knowledge and study the material necessary for qualifications, such as bookkeeping tests. It will train students to be able to successfully work in a variety of industries and companies after graduation.

Faculty of Media and Information Studies

Faculty of Media and Information Studies

The Faculty of Media and Information Studies is made up of three courses: Audiovisual Media, Digital Design, and Library and Archives. Each integrates the three step process of “creating, designing, and preserving”, fundamental to any discipline within the Faculty of Media and Information Studies. In this faculty, you will be studying the process of creating, the process of designing the ideas you’ve created, the process of preserving or maintaining your designs, and the process of recycling your old designs to create new ones; all the while, you will be obtaining the necessary knowledge and skills.

The Audiovisual Media course is focused on studying forms of expression in visual and auditory media through the process of producing content such as commercials, video messages, music videos, dramas and documentaries. The Digital Design course trains students in web design, graphic design and animation, building their skills in maintaining the very materials they work with, namely, computer systems and security, and in creating networks. Finally, the Library and Archives course covers the ways in which to search for, archive, and organize the vast amount of information that is widely known and available to us in today’s society. This is what you will be learning at the Faculty of Media and Information Studies, the only one of its kind in Japan – only at Surugadai University.

Faculty of Contemporary Cultural Studies

Faculty of Contemporary Cultural Studies

The Faculty of Contemporary Cultural Studies aims to “educate each student, one-on-one, with care and kindness” through the nurturing of students who are “sensitive and flexible, yet independent, strong, and well equipped to face the challenges of living in our contemporary society”. The objective is for students in this faculty to develop a command of the Japanese language, as well as their skills in verbal and written communication; they will learn basic computer skills, and the ability to research and collate material, write reports and theses, and make presentations.

To meet the demands of an ever-changing contemporary society, we have developed four distinctive courses (labeled 1-4 below) to offer in this faculty: the Intercultural Communication course, the Tourism and Hospitality course, the Sport and Culture course and the Career in Sports course.

1. Intercultural Communication: The objective of this course is to gain insight into different cultures around the world using Japanese culture as a jumping off point, and to cultivate an international viewpoint and mindset to be utilized in our increasingly globalized society.

2. Tourism and Hospitality: The aim of this course is to deepen our understanding of the fundamentally social and increasingly important role that tourism plays within the service industry in today’s society, and to explore the meaning of hospitality, while teaching relevant skills that can be put to use, hands on, within the local community.

3. Sport and Culture: The purpose of this course is to understand the cultural value of sports and its function within today’s society, and to nurture the ability to utilize the knowledge and skills gained through the course in local communities or at local schools.

4. Career in Sports: This course will train students to be able to work enthusiastically on sports, and prompt them to work successfully in society.

Faculty of Psychology

Faculty of Psychology

The Faculty of Psychology at Surugadai University makes it their educational objective to aid students without any previous experience in the field through teaching them the basic principles, and helping them to understand different psychological perspectives. To realize this objective, students are first given a general outline so that they can better understand psychology on a larger scale, before they study specialized topics such as clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and developmental psychology. At the same time, students learn the methodology and techniques involved in the field such as experimental methods, survey methods, interviewing techniques, and test methods.

The Faculty of Psychology will provide new courses in Criminal Psychology and Child Psychology to meet the needs of the times. As the societal demand for Clinical Psychology has grown, we provide a rich curriculum to enable students to get a national qualification to become Accredited Psychologists which will be established in fiscal 2017.

Furthermore, psychology classes are included in many humanities courses and liberal arts courses – studying psychology will expand your horizons and help you to better understand humanity in a wider sense, whether it’s through the study of theology, sociology, ethnology or biology.

After enrollment, there may be some students who become nervous or worried about studying at university level. At the Faculty of Psychology at Surugadai University, your first two years will be spent in “Study Skills”, a program in which students can take seminar style classes in introductory subjects. You will be able to learn all of the basic skills needed at university (such as research, analysis, writing, presentation, as well as computer skills) during these two years, and learn how to operate a computer from square one.

※The Certified Public Psychologist Exam is only allowed to be taken by students who have received academic credit.