Tackling Problems Facing Humanity through Learning and Thinking in English

The Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) offers a liberal arts education for the 21st century, where the students acquire knowledge by studying the latest theories from an interdisciplinary standpoint. GIS students learn from specialist courses taught in English which cover a variety of fields, from humanities, to social sciences and business. Such cross-sectoral analysis and communication in English are essential tools for considering global challenges and important cultural phenomena. GIS is committed to nurturing the next generation of highly-skilled leaders who can add their voices to discussions in the global community. With this enhanced understanding and interdisciplinary viewpoint as a foundation, our graduates go on to utilize the knowledge and communication skills they developed at GIS at foreign-affiliated companies in Japan, companies with overseas operations, and world-class graduate schools.

What the Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) Offers

A Liberal Arts Education in English

Our unique liberal arts education program provides both depth and breadth, taught in English in order for students to acquire a global outlook, mindset, and skills.

Small Classes

The average number of students in each class is around 20 students. Our classes are interactive, with group discussions, presentations, and other active learning activities.

Personalized Support

With small class sizes, GIS provides many chances for students to interact with instructors in one-to-one settings so that every single student can receive detailed support.










In this video, the Dean of GIS, Professor Yu Niiya, provides a detailed explanation of the admission system and entrance exams for GIS.

Interested in learning more about GIS? In this introductory talk, Professor Diana Khor (founding member and former Dean of GIS) will present a detailed look at our pioneering faculty.

Introduction to GIS

Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

Thinking Outside the Box through a World-standard Curriculum

GIS (Global and Interdisciplinary Studies) does not have any “general education” courses. Instead, students all take specialized courses to deepen interdisciplinary and cross-sectional knowledge centered on the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management Sciences. Students can choose classes which suit their interests, making a schedule which suits them best. In the process, they develop the ability to express themselves freely, learning to think critically through engagement with a world-standard curriculum.

世界標準のカリキュラムで 自由な発想と思考力を身に付ける

GIS(グローバル教養学部)には従来の一般教養科目がありません。すべてがHumanities、Social Sciences、Management Sciencesを中心とした、学際・領域横断的な知識を深めるための専門科目です。興味に合わせて授業を選択し、各自がオリジナルの時間割を組み立てることができます。世界標準のカリキュラムにより、自由な発想と思考力を育みます。


A Learning Environment that Develops Practical Knowledge

In our faculty, all courses are classified into stages, from 100-level to 400-level. The 100-level consists of introductory courses, while at level 200 students can apply and refine the knowledge learned at 100-level. Furthermore, 300- and 400-level courses address more specialized educational content. Our world-standard courses are organized so as to systemically deepen learning, while giving the students practical knowledge and skills they can utilize after graduation.

  • 100 level
    Build basic knowledge in core disciplines
  • 200 level
    Cultivate an interdisciplinary perspective by applying knowledge gained in a number of fields
  • 300 level
    Work within and across areas by focusing on particular issues
  • 400 level
    Develop specialized knowledge by applying an interdisciplinary approach in a seminar's particular field of study

Development of Basic Skills Necessary for Global Learning

The two courses of Academic Writing and Reading are mandatory for first year students, and students can choose to develop their knowledge further in these subjects by choosing the elective subjects of Debate & Discussion and Presentation & Public Speaking. The aim of these courses is not only to refine presentation and report writing skills in English, but also to acquire foundational academic research skills to critically analyze different perspectives, and logically develop students’ own arguments.

In addition, English proficiency, demonstrated by a score of over 100 in the TOEFL® exam, is needed in order to keep up with academic lectures in an English-speaking country.

Unique Undergraduate Study Program

The faculty’s unique overseas study structure called OAS (Overseas Academic Study Program) is not just for language study abroad, but for undergraduate study abroad which includes attending regular courses with local students in the other country, with the aim of acquiring course credits. OAS is not compulsory, owing to the fact that there are many GIS students who are returnees to Japan from abroad, but a scholarship is provided to all program participants.




「Academic Writing」「Reading」の2科目を1年次に必修とし、「Debate & Discussion」「Presentation & Public Speaking」も選択科目として履修できます。英語によるプレゼンテーションやレポート執筆のスキルを磨くだけでなく、多様な議論を分析・批評し、主張を論理的に展開するという学問研究の基本姿勢を身に付けることも目的です。 なお、英語圏への留学には実質TOEFL®100点以上の英語力が必要です。


本学部独自の留学制度OAS(Overseas Academic Study Program )は、「語学留学」ではなく、単位取得を目的に現地学生と共に学ぶ「学部留学」です。GIS入学者には帰国生も多いため、OASは必修ではありませんが、参加者全員に奨学金を支給します。

Sample Classes


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