The Journalism Course, in keeping with the standards of the Graduate School of Journalism – one of the world’s leading-edge graduate schools of journalism – promotes an educational program that develops highly-skilled professionals grounded in the five elements required of all journalists.1. Expertise, i.e., scientific knowledge and philosophical understanding for a broad range of specialized fields.
2. Deep insight into the role of journalism and the media.
3. The ability to think critically.
4. The ability to report professionally and articulately.
5. A hands-on approach, i.e., experience which is based in the field. At the same time, the course fosters the development of the foundations of journalism by promoting specialized research and cultivating researchers.The Journalism Course seeks to cultivate professional journalists with a practical approach to ethics, knowledge and technology who also distinguish themselves in terms of specialized knowledge. The Journalism Course provides a true meeting point for academia and journalism, fostering those who will promote public communication and thereby create a bridge between specialized knowledge and civil society. The Master of Arts Program for Journalist Education in Science and Technology is an ongoing program within the Journalism Course which has a particular focus on cultivating exceptional journalists specialized in the areas of science and technology.
Three Policies of the GSPS
1． Diploma Policy
The Political Science Course aims to cultivate researchers equipped with both the most current and globally accepted political science methodologies as well as an intrinsic understanding of Japan and Asia. At the same time, this course also aims to cultivate hands-on experts who, as masters of science well-versed in the specialized knowledge of political science, are capable of demonstrating leadership in various areas to build a more just society and who can serve as the voice of Japan and Asia in promoting a well-ordered global community. To this end, students in the Master’s Program will acquire a comprehensive understanding of political-science research approaches, comprising the empirical approach, mathematical analysis, and the normative approach, and use this as a basis for deepening their knowledge of research methodologies essential to their own areas of research. Thereafter, the student will write a Master’s thesis representing the culmination of efforts to develop a multifaceted understanding of one’s own research area as well as other related research disciplines. The Master’s thesis will be evaluated from the perspectives of further development potential and practical applicability for conferral of the Master’s Degree in Political Science. In the Doctoral Program, students must demonstrate mastery of basic knowledge of political science in not only their own specialized research area but also at least one other related research area, with coursework in research approaches, academic presentations and other areas as prerequisites. From this foundation, a doctoral dissertation plan will be formulated. Doctoral candidates must then receive research guidance from the Doctoral Dissertation Committee based on the doctoral dissertation plan. The Doctoral Dissertation will be evaluated as the culmination of this uniform five-year research process beginning with the Master’s Program, for conferral of the Doctoral Degree in Political Science.
The Global Political Economy Course provides opportunities for students to develop a higher level of expertise and international mindedness so that they can serve in a variety of areas in society, and it cultivates practical minded human resources with a truly global vision who seek to contribute to the international community. Students enrolled in this course are expected to systematically learn both political science and economics, and creatively develop the new research area of political economic science while receiving joint research guidance grounded on expert perspectives in both political science and economics. The Master’s thesis will be evaluated as the culmination of these efforts, for conferral of the Master’s Degree in Global Political Economy. For Students who have completed the Master’s Program, the path is available to them to continue on to the Doctoral Program in the Political Science Course to engage in more in-depth research in their areas of specialty. The Global Political Economy Course aims to help provide opportunities to develop a higher level of expertise to students who are seeking to develop a higher international mindedness and succeed in a variety of areas in society. Accordingly, students who complete all coursework requirements for the Program for Cultivating Global Governance Professionals, and receive a passing grade for their Master’s thesis shall be granted the Master’s Degree in Global Political Economy.
※The Global Political Economy Course will be merged with the Graduate School of Economics in AY2017.
The Journalism Course seeks to cultivate professional journalists with a practical approach to ethics, knowledge and technology who also distinguish themselves in terms of specialized knowledge, as experts who will promote public communication and thereby create a bridge between specialized knowledge and civil society. To this end, students will complete a comprehensive educational program that develops highly skilled professionals grounded in the following five elements: (1) expertise, i.e., scientific knowledge and philosophical understanding in a broad range of specialized fields; (2) deep insight into the role of journalism and the media; (3) the ability to think critically; (4) the ability to report professionally and articulately; (5) a hands-on approach, i.e., experience which is based in the field. Students who receive a passing grade for their Master’s thesis (including journalism work) shall be granted the Master’s Degree in Journalism. The purpose of the Doctoral Program is to cultivate specialized researchers in journalism and media, professional journalists with an even higher level of specialized expertise, and educators of journalists. In the Doctoral Program, students will complete an educational or research program structured from each of these perspectives. Students who receive a passing grade for their Doctoral Dissertation shall be granted the Doctoral Degree in Journalism.
2． Curriculum Policy
The Graduate School of Political Science has remained responsive to the ever-changing needs of the times, and as a research and educational institution on par with the best in the world, it seeks to offer a fresh perspective in the 21st century, cultivating political scientists and highly specialized professionals who will serve as international human resources to contribute to world peace and the welfare of humanity.
The Political Science Course promotes a systematic and sophisticated approach to political science education within the Graduate School of Political Science and endeavors to be a beacon of international comparative research originating in Japan and firmly grounded in the latest theories and methods employed in the field of political science. To this end, an educational and research system has been established that enable students to study political science through a curriculum that is deep in specialized expertise while at the same time comprehensive in scope, covering a broad range of fields. The common platform for the course is an integrated research approach to political science that combines the empirical approach, mathematical analysis and the normative approach. The Political Science Course adopts five research areas as its foundation: Contemporary Politics, Political Thought, Comparative Government, International Relations and Public Policy.
The Global Political Economy Course is a cutting-edge program which adopts an international perspective in analyzing and understanding the inseparable link between politics and economics while seeking to open up a new field of academic study where feasible policies are discussed and shaped from a normative perspective. In this course, an educational and research system has been established that enables students to gain specialized knowledge of techniques employed in political science and economics, based on which students study cutting-edge political economic science in four subject clusters: Empirical Political Economic Science, Global Political Economy, Political Economic Science Public Policy, and Regional Political Economic Science (Centered on Asia and Japan). Another priority is to provide an educational program that enables students to enhance their practical global governance skills.
※The Global Political Economy Course will be merged with the Graduate School of Economics in AY2017.
The Journalism Course, in keeping with the standards of the Graduate School of Journalism–one of the world’s leading-edge graduate schools of journalism-promotes an educational program that develops highly skilled professionals grounded in the five elements required of all journalists: (1) expertise, i.e., scientific knowledge and philosophical understanding in a broad range of specialized fields; (2) deep insight into the role of journalism and the media; (3) the ability to think critically; (4) the ability to report professionally and articulately; (5) a hands-on approach, i.e., thinking which is based in the field. At the same time, specialized research into journalism and cultivating researchers in the field of journalism constitute the foundation for promoting the course. In particular, an educational system will be established that organically links journalism with academia in the respective specialized fields of science and technology, politics, international affairs, economics, society and culture, based on the foundation of educating students about “methodologies” that guarantee the objectivity and fairness of investigative reporting.
3． Admissions Policy
Waseda University welcomes numerous students from across Japan and all around the world who share in the University’s principle of nurturing a “progressive spirit”-students who possess a certain degree of high academic skills with abundant curiosity, and who are individualistic and filled with the enthusiasm to formulate plans on their own and actively address challenges of all kinds. The University is committed to broadly providing the opportunity to take entrance examinations to a diverse array of students who are highly motivated to conduct research and possess outstanding research abilities, irrespective of whether the students are from Japan or overseas. To this end, the University administers general entrance examinations, entrance examinations for international students, and entrance examinations for returning students, for entry into the University in April or September. For Applicants and other students seeking entry through recommended admissions or a double degree program, admission office-managed examinations are administered. Waseda University expects the following from students taking entrance examinations: language proficiency in both Japanese and English that is needed to conduct research from a global perspective; the ability to think and express oneself logically in order to conceive and realize creative research; and mature personal qualities and practical skills needed to complete research, as befitting a member of an intellectual community.