School of CommerceWaseda University

About the School


Semester System

The School of Commerce curriculum is based on the semester system. The academic year is divided into two semesters: Spring(beginning in April)and Fall(beginning in September).

  • Semester Courses: Semester courses are taken for a period of one semester, in the spring or the fall. Courses that are scheduled twice a week are worth four credits, while courses that are scheduled once a week are worth two credits. However, Foreign Language courses for freshmen and sophomores are an exception. Foreign Language courses that are scheduled once a week are worth one credit, while those scheduled twice a week are worth two credits.
  • One-year Courses: One-year courses are scheduled once a week and are taken for a full year. They are worth two or four credits. One-year courses include courses offered by the Global Education Center, the Division of Physical Education, and other Waseda University institutes.

Track System

In the School of Commerce curriculum, commerce courses are divided into six tracks: Management; Accounting; Marketing and International Business; Finance and Insurance; Economics; and Industry.

Student must select one of these tracks as their major and will normally choose the track of the commercial  seminar(chosen in the fall semester of the second year)to which they belong. Students who do not register for a commercial seminar must also select one of the tracks by the date stipulated.


Management Track

This track provides the theoretical background and analytical tools that are necessary to understand and explain real-life management and organizational structures. Students will study Business History, Business Research, Business and Society, Information Networks, Management Information Systems, Management Science, Strategic Management, Organizational Theory and Design, etc.

Accounting Track

This track concentrates on two fields: financial accounting and management accounting. Financial accounting is the field related to the recording, computing, and reporting of the economic activities of firms and enterprises. Management accounting is the field related to the utilization of information acquired from accounting data in management. Student will study Bookkeeping, Auditing, Financial Statement Analysis, Cost Accounting, Tax Accounting, Valuation Using Accounting Information, etc.

Marketing and International Business Track

Students who take this track will examine products through the market mechanism and creation and supply of services. Students will also research the functions, systems, and procedures related to resource exchange and distribution of these products and services from a global perspective. In this track, students will study Advertising, Business Communication, Consumer Behavior, Distribution Theory, International Business, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Science, etc.

Finance and Insurance Track

In the field of finance, based on a full understanding of the basic function and mechanism of finance (money and banking), students will study the courses like Money and Banking, Mathematical Finance, International Finance, etc.
In the field of insurance, students will study systems of risk management of household and business economies, and the research functions and roles of insurance companies. There are courses such as Risk Management, Life Insurance, Securities Valuation, etc.

Economics Track

Students will learn basic economic theory and quantitative analysis as tools to understand the behavior of economic entities like enterprises and households and to comprehend trends related to the economic environment. With this knowledge, students will analyze various problems in the field of business. This track provides courses including Socioeconomics, Economic Statistics, Industrial Organization, Game Theory and Strategy, etc.

Industry Track

This track will provide various perspectives to understand the economy and the industrial society. Student will study Economic Geography, Economic History, Labor Economics, and Public Finance etc.

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