Updated on Sep 03 2021
Here we introduce the policies and objectives of each undergraduate faculty and graduate school
Kokugakuin University considers the objectives of its education and research to be the cultivation of character based on the ethos of Shinto, the investigation and instruction of the theory and applications of various fields of learning, and the fostering of competent individuals.
To foster competent individuals capable of engaging in creative development of Japanese society by nurturing students’ moral characters based on tolerance and humility while maintaining their identity as Japanese citizens through learning rooted in Japan’s cultural traditions in accordance with Kokugakuin University’s founding philosophy.
Kokugakuin University’s basic education and research policy is creating harmony between tradition and creativity, between individuality and coexistence, and between regional characteristics and globalism. This means that we formulate our curriculum with the aim of nurturing in individuals, through the pursuit of broad-ranging liberal arts education and specialized education, humanism and a rich knowledge base based on an understanding of Japanese culture, a community consciousness underpinned by understanding of other cultures, and the necessary skills to contribute to societal development. With such a curriculum we nurture competent individuals able to contribute to the creation and development of a new Japanese culture that is open to the world, and who have the expertise and knowledge base to be able to communicate to the world about Japanese culture.
Based on our admission policy we admit the following kind of student:
Kokugakuin University’s graduate schools position the objective of its education and research activities as contributing to the advancement of human culture by engaging in instruction and research in specialist fields relating to Shinto studies, literature, history, jurisprudence, and economics, and nurturing the advanced research capabilities and rich erudition of individuals able to engage in independent research activities and specialist occupations.
Master’s program students are bestowed with master’s degrees in their area of specialization when they have earned the required curriculum credits stipulated by their graduate school, have fully internalized specialized knowledge, have determined the content of their own research projects and deliberated on other research activities relating to this, submitted a master’s thesis or research paper that offers new insights, provided precise answers during oral examinations, and have been found to have sufficient academic capability.
Doctoral program students are bestowed with doctorates in their area of specialization when they have earned the required curriculum credits stipulated by their graduate school, submitted a doctoral thesis that offers original insights based on an understanding of research trends in their particular field, provided precise answers during oral examinations, and are found to be capable of continuing to engage in research in their chosen field. Alternatively, doctoral program students are bestowed with doctorates in their area of specialization when their research on a topic they themselves have set is original, they have submitted a doctoral thesis that opens up new ground, and have, during oral examinations, been deemed to have academic capabilities that are equivalent to someone who has earned the prescribed doctoral program credits.
Graduate School of Economics were established to embody the founding objectives of the Graduate School of Kokugakuin University, and they follow a policy of enabling students to gain specialized knowledge and work proactively on research projects to produce real results. Based on this policy, each graduate school sets curriculums in such a way as to ensure continuity between master’s programs and doctoral programs. Master’s programs are structured using coaching, thesis guidance exercises, and lecture subjects that are specific to each different field of specialization, with the aim of enabling students to gain sufficiently wide-ranging academic capabilities to allow them to engage in research independently. Doctoral programs are structured using coaching for each area of specialization and thesis guidance exercises or research guidance to enable students to gain the ability to engage in original and independent research in their field of specialization and the advanced capabilities required in specialist professions.
The admission policy is to admit students who have a proactive sense of purpose and aspiration that matches with the objectives of the establishment of the Graduate School, and who have the fundamental knowledge and capabilities etc. required for engaging in graduate school study and research. Another admission-related policy is to put in place a diverse range of admission programs with the aim of invigorating and broadening the frame of reference of graduate school study and research activities by, for example, allowing, in addition to general admission for students who have completed bachelor (undergraduate) programs, accelerated admission and admissions based on recommendations for graduate school students who have achieved outstanding grades during their bachelor course studies, as well as admission through a selection process for people with a wide range of experience such as people who are already in the workforce and international students.
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