Global Studies

Message from the Director

For students who are interested in studying about the world, a particular region, or a country, going abroad is an indispensable part of their academic experience, although it may seem daunting at first. With an all-English curriculum, small class sizes, and a balance of lecture and discussion courses, AIU offers a familiar environment to international students so that they will have the least trouble adjusting. Our strength is our active and diverse student body - many of our courses have at least 5-6 nationalities represented - that constantly provides each student with a welcoming environment.

Dr. Norihito MIZUNO,
Director of the Global Studies Program / Professor



Feature 1: Cultivate logical thinking, cultural sensitivity, and analytical skills based on extensive background knowledge

Logical thinking and creative ingenuity based on a wide range of background knowledge are indispensable in surviving this era of globalization. The GS program invites students to enroll in diverse courses on the history, culture, society, politics, and economy of various countries and regions, as well as in classes of multinational and multi-regional relations, the functions and roles of international institutions and organizations, and global phenomena and issues. Students will strive to accumulate and deepen their knowledge and refine flexible thinking and analytical skills without being confined to conventional ideas and values through active participation in learning activities.


Feature 2: Global Society, Political Science and International Relations, and Sustainability Studies Clusters

The GS curriculum is composed of three clusters: Global Society, Political Science and International Relations, and Sustainability Studies. Students will take courses from each cluster based on their areas of interest as the basis of their theme for the capstone seminar.

Global Society Cluster

Amid globalization, humanity faces diverse issues such as poverty, disparity, migration, discrimination, and human rights, as well as frictions caused by differences in religion, ideology, and culture. This cluster covers a wide range of issues spanning from the problems in local communities to matters on a national, regional, and global scale.

Political Science and International Relations Cluster

Students will take various courses spanning multiple fields such as political science, geography, history, and international relations in this cluster. They will learn about the laws, political systems, international institutions, and roles of institutions in Japan and countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia, North America, Europe, and other countries. International relations, such as Japan-U.S. relations and Japan-China relations, as well as regional and global security issues, will also be discussed.

Sustainability Studies Cluster

Globalization and advances in science and technology have helped many countries and regions achieve economic development in this post-Cold War world. On the other hand, various environmental and resource-related issues are requiring urgent attention. As seen in the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, by the United Nations in 2015, we must now take concrete actions toward sustainable development. In this cluster, students study the major issues that humanity faces, such as the construction of a sustainable environment, economy, and community, and attempt to find the ideal form of society for humankind from multiple perspectives.

Feature 3: Capstone Seminar

Under the guidance of supervising faculty members, students select themes for their graduation thesis according to their area of interest.

Example of Themes
  • Regional Promotion and Inbound Tourism in Akita
  • The Rise of China and the Japan-U.S. Security System
  • Comparison of Multiculturalism in the United States and Canada
  • Comparison of National Laws regarding Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Comparison of Social Acceptance of Foreign Workers in Japan and Taiwan
  • Restrictions on Expression and Freedom of Speech in the Media
  • Acceptance of Korean Pop Culture in Japan
  • Government and Non-Government Perspectives in International Environmental Policies
  • Resilience in Sustainable Cities