What IGESS Offers

The Faculty of Economics at HOSEI University, founded in 1920, has more than 3,000 students, and is accordingly one of the largest and oldest faculties among private universities in Japan. Established in 2018, the IGESS (Institute for Global Economics and Social Sciences) offers English-based degree programs in small classes. The annual student quota is 30 students. When you join the IGESS, you can:
  1. Spend the first three semesters at the Ichigaya Campus in central Tokyo attending the First Year Seminar, Japanese, Academic Skills and Liberal Arts classes, and the following five semesters on the beautiful, spacious Tama Campus in suburban Tokyo where you can take subjects offered by the Faculty of Economics as well as other faculties (including Social Sciences, Social Policy and Administration, and Sports and Health Studies);
  2. Study Economics from the first semester, and from the fourth semester attend specialized courses in Economic Theory and Applications, Applied Global Economics and Global Business, and Business English and Communication;
  3. Take basic Japanese lessons at the Ichigaya Campus and many advanced lectures at the Tama Campus to improve your Japanese skills;
  4. Study with Japanese students in both English-spoken courses and Japanese seminars.

Curriculum & Course List

Students require extensive knowledge of Economics and a variety of other disciplines to understand today’s global economy. Accordingly, the IGESS curriculum encompasses the following course and program elements:
  • Extensive basic education and liberal arts courses up to the third semester
  • From the fourth semester, well-balanced courses in Economic Theory and Application, Applied Global Economics and Global Business, and Business English and Communication
  • Graduation thesis preparation with supervision from seminar instructors
Social Sciences, Social Policy & Administration, Sports & Health Studies, International Institutions, Adult Education and Social Movement, Globalization and Japanese Society, Media and Social Problems, Film Studies, Topics in Comparative Culture, Disability and Development in Asia, Community Based Inclusive Development, Sport Consumer Behavior, Judo, Strength Training, Health and Exercise Sciences
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
Ichigaya Campus Tama Campus
General Education Courses First Year Seminar, Academic Skills (Academic Literacy, College Writing), Japanese (level separation), Liberal Arts (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Language Education, Information Technology, Career Development Skills, Health and Physical Education), Global Open Courses Tama Campus General Education Courses(Japanese Communication, Japanese Seminar, Japanese Culture, Japanese Society)
Advanced Course Introduction to Economics Japan and the Global Economy, Principles of Economics, Practical Economics, Demography, Business Communication Ⅰ, Japanese Business and Economy
International Economics, Macro Economics, Micro Economics, Japan and ASEAN Economy, Area Studies, Comparative Economic Systems, Business CommunicationⅡ, Business Research Seminar, Multi-National Enterprises
Seminar Seminar Ⅰ Seminar Ⅱ Seminar Ⅲ Seminar Ⅳ Honors Thesis
Elective Courses Exchange Students from Overseas Program / English Reinforcement Program / Faculty of Business Administration(Global Open Courses) / Faculty of Sustainability Studies / Faculty of Economics(taught in Japanese) / International Internship&International Volunteer

*The curriculum is subject to change.

3 IGESS policies

●Admission and prerequisites

    1. Sufficient basic academic ability for learning after admission
    2. Certain levels of capacity for thought, judgment and self-expression and a desire for the improvement of such
    3. Proactive attitude toward learning via study and discussion with a variety of people
    4. Active approach toward learning about global viewpoints, international matters and related communication
  Prerequisite abilities (knowledge, intellectual ability, skills, motivation, interests, attitude, etc.)
    1. Sufficient basic academic ability for learning after admission – Knowledge of English and other subjects equivalent to high-school level
    2. Interest in economic and social issues on a global scale as well as science, culture and humanity
    3. Propensity for autonomous learning
    4. Capacity for dynamic interaction with others and attainment of mutual understanding

●Degree conferment and graduation requirements

Knowledge and understanding
    1. Advanced knowledge of social science to enable global economic analysis
    2. Broad general knowledge
    3. Basic understanding of different cultures
    1. Ability to communicate in English and other languages
    2. Ability to accurately express and communicate ideas
    3. Ability to work as part of a team
Intellectual capacity
    1. Capacity for multilateral and logical analysis
    2. Ability to identify problems, set tasks independently and propose solutions based on advanced expertise
Interest, motivation and attitude
    1. Curious mind and propensity for continuous learning
    2. Capacity for dynamic interaction with others and relationship development with people and society
    3. Ability to independently set and work toward goals

●Curriculum development and implementation policies

IGESS provides students with opportunities to learn from all facets of about social science and develop broad areas of expertise necessary for global economic analysis. Graduates are equipped with the ability to work on problems using this knowledge and to lead sustainable, healthy and fulfilling lives. The curriculum (described below) supports the development of talented global individuals capable of working in various cultures with individuals from a range of backgrounds.  
    1. The curriculum consists of General Education Subjects and Advanced Subjects. General Education Subjects are subdivided into Basic Education Subjects and Foreign Language Subjects.
    2. Basic Education Subjects cover introductory matters to guide students gently into the academic arena of university.
    3. Foreign Language Subjects ensure that students have the English ability necessary for advanced learning and sufficient Japanese proficiency for everyday living. There is also an advanced Japanese course.
    4. General Education Subjects/Perspective Formation Subjects on philosophy, culture, politics, history, art, linguistics, the environment, design and self-expression are also being introduced to enhance general knowledge.
    5. Cross-cultural communication skills are promoted via the study of relevant subjects and programs in which students from different backgrounds work together.
    6. To provide the advanced social science expertise necessary for global economic analysis, the following seven Advanced Subject groups are offered:
      Group Ⅰ (Introduction to Economics)
      Group Ⅱ (Global Economy)
      Group Ⅲ (Global Business)
      Group Ⅳ (Global Issues)
      Group Ⅴ (Japanese Society in a Global World)
      Group Ⅵ (Media, Communication and Culture)
      Group Ⅶ (Seminar)
    7. Advanced Subjects are designed with the idea of a sustainable society in mind.