Educational System and Student Enrollment
Faculty of Regional Sciences Curriculum
The Faculty of Regional Sciences offers three majors within the Department of Regional Sciences. Students will learn the foundational ways of thinking developed through the faculty’s educational research in the regional sciences theoretical core curriculum, while acquiring an interdisciplinary perspective and gaining experience through practice-based courses. In addition, students will gain specialized knowledge and methodologies through their respective majors. With three majors made available within a single department, students can freely take specialized courses offered as part of other majors to broaden their interdisciplinary perspective.
Faculty of Regional Sciences Standard Courses
Introduction to Regional Sciences (First-year/Compulsory/2 Credits)
Students will attain basic knowledge in regional sciences through learning about the characteristics of the discipline, as well as the relation between regional sciences and other specialized fields of research. The course also introduces practice-based cases studies in regional research and community development.
Regional Field Seminar (First-year/Elective/1 Credit)
Regional Field Seminar (First-year/Elective/1 Credit) Students will attain on-site, practice-based experience regarding regional characteristics and regional issues. The course is designed to motivate student interest towards community problem-solving approaches.
Regional Survey Project (Second-year/Compulsory/4 Credits)
Students will acquire basic skills in research methodologies, problem-solving, giving presentations and report writing through engaging in a survey project focused on a particular regional issue.
Foundations of Regional Sciences A, B, C (Third-year/A: Compulsory; B, C: Elective/1 Credit each)
- Foundations of Regional Sciences A: As a follow-up to two years of learning, this course approaches public issues through a regional framework. Students will establish mindsets for interdisciplinary research and deepen their understanding of the relation between regional sciences and their fields of specialization. The course allows students to engage in community design, while simultaneously designing their own career paths to become key individuals in a regional society.
- Foundations of Regional Sciences B, C: Students will learn perspectives in regional sciences though individual themes which engage practice-based or specialized content.
Specialized Seminar 1, 2 (Third-year/Compulsory/2 Credits each)
This seminar combines the previous two years of theoretical and practice-based learning so that students can begin selecting topics and conducting research for their graduation theses.
ntegrated Research Seminar (Third-year/Elective/1 Credit)
This integrated seminar allows members from different areas of specialization to work together on a practice-based project or other activity in order to foster familiarity with other fields. Activities may include interdisciplinary discussions or research projects on regional issues with members from different program majors.
Graduation Thesis (Fourth-year/Compulsory/8 Credits)
Students will bring together both the broad and specialized knowledge they have acquired on methodologies and practices for resolving regional problems in the form of a research paper.
In addition to these courses, the faculty offers Overseas Field Seminars which engage global perspectives on regional issues. There are also opportunities for internships related to community development and other topics.