About the Faculty
Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development

Our aim is to nurture graduates who can be active internationally while at the same time playing a central role in regional development through their high level expertise in dealing with globalization within the region.

Acquire a "global passport" at the University of Niigata Prefecture!

In your future, what do you want to do and where do you want to be?
In the Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, from their second year onward, students study in one of four specialized courses that are intimately interrelated. Each of these courses provides specialized knowledge and viewpoints that are indispensable for the development of a sustainable future for humanity. Of course, you yourself as a student decide which courses you will register for and which topics you will research.

Department of International Studies and Regional Development

[International Society Course]

image photo

In order to contribute to the fair and sustainable development of both international society and regional society, students take an interdisciplinary and practical approach in examining the true nature of the various international and regional issues that surface as globalization proceeds. They do this in multifaceted study and training using applied social science techniques crucial for the study of international society.

Principle research topics

  • War and peace
  • Poverty and development
  • Economics and finance
  • Global governance and regional integration
  • International safeguard of human rights

Possible career paths after graduation

  • Careers that utilize foreign language (English, etc.) ability and specialized knowledge concerning politics, economics, and law
  • Civil servant
  • Finance-related position
  • Trading companies and import/export-related companies, etc.

[Cross-Cultural Studies Course]

image photo

Globalization can sometimes destroy the language and culture of a region. For international exchange, there is a need for people who can contribute to the coexistence of, and mutual respect between, multiple cultures and languages. In this course, students endeavor to gain a deep interpersonal understanding of others through comparative study of the languages and cultures of a variety of societies having their own unique histories.

Principle research topics

  • Language and society
  • History and literature
  • Multicultural coexistence
  • Gender and minority
  • Media literacy

Possible career paths after graduation

  • Media business
  • Transportation industry
  • Educational services industry (English)
  • Travel, tourism, and hotel business
  • Careers making use of cross-cultural understanding and foreign language (English, etc.) ability
  • English teaching (junior high school and high school)
  • Civil servant, etc.

[East Asia Studies Course]

image photo

Selecting Russian, Chinese, or Korean, the student acquires ability in the living language through a practical concentrated curriculum, while at the same time engaging in wide-ranging study of the history, culture, politics, economics, and environment of the regions on the other side of the Japan Sea. This course seeks to nurture graduates who will use their communication skills and deep understanding of neighboring countries to play leadership roles in the 21st century.

Principle research topics

  • Russian, Chinese, and Korean languages
  • East Asian societies and cultures
  • East Asian international exchange
  • Development of the regions surrounding the Japan Sea
  • The history of exchange with regions on opposite sides of the Japan Sea

Possible career paths after graduation

  • Careers making use of cross-cultural understanding and foreign language (English, Russian, Chinese, and Korean) ability
  • Civil servant
  • Transportation industry
  • English teaching (junior high school and high school)
  • Educational services industry (Russian, Chinese, and Korean)
  • Media business, travel, tourism, and hotel business, etc.

[Regional Environment Course]

image photo

With globalization proceeding, today the regional environment may be more convenient, but, on the other hand, it is also experiencing serious problems such as environmental devastation and resource depletion. This course seeks to nurture graduates who will take responsibility for regional revitalization and development. It does this by scientifically studying the "environment" in the comprehensive sense using a wide-ranging perspective from the individual to field level and by engaging in education and research concerning "sustainable human societies."

Principle research topics

  • Global environment
  • Sustainable cities
  • Clothing and living environment
  • Space design
  • Human interface

Possible career paths after graduation

  • Careers making use of the specialized knowledge and high level of English and Japanese skills acquired
  • Travel, tourism, and environmental conservation-related companies
  • Support for local industries and agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industries
  • Employee of an organization such as NPO or NGO
  • Civil servant
  • Apparel, housing, and real estate
  • Environment, lifestyle, and design-related companies, etc.

Attainable qualifications and licenses

Junior High School Teacher - Grade 1 (English)
High School Teacher - Grade 1 (English)

RETURN