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Faculty of Economics

Based on the University’s primary educational goals, the Faculty of Economics has established its educational and research objectives. These are as follows: (1) teaching theory and applications concerning economics and society; (2) fostering independent thinking and appropriate decision-making and execution skills; (3) and (the human-resources development goal of) educating capable professionals motivated to find solutions to the issues they will face in the contemporary economy and society.

Diploma Policy

To realize the core educational goals of Musashi University, the Faculty of Economics awards a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics to students who have completed the Faculty’s designated compulsory courses and earned the 124 course credits required for graduation to master the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and other objectives described below.
 
  1. Familiarity with a broad range of educational subjects from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences and learning the ability to understand contemporary issues comprehensively. As well as familiarity with the specialized knowledge needed to solve increasingly complex social problems, studying skills and analytical methods learned in the fields of economics, management, or finance
  2. Possession of the ability to identify topics of concern to him or herself by ascertaining the nature of issues though rigorous research, and to utilize the knowledge, skills, and experience amassed to study and collect the information needed to solve challenges and connect these together organically
  3. Ability to understand social phenomena in global society across different systems, cultures, and historical backgrounds and mutually respect differences and diversity so as to work together in a spirt of openness and fairness
  4. Mastery of the required foreign language subjects to the target level. Students who have completed the study-abroad program and those who have completed a Parallel Degree Program (PDP) are expected to possess the ability to debate advanced issues in a foreign language
  5. Ability to act with a high motivation to contribute to society in practical ways, using the knowledge and skills learned in general-education and specialized classes

Curriculum Policy

Based on the University’s Curriculum Policy, the educational curriculum of the Faculty of Economics consists of the three categories of general education, foreign language, and specialized classes—through which are collectively imparted the knowledge, skills, attitudes, etc. called for by the Diploma Policy. In general-education classes students learn a broad range of knowledge; in foreign-language classes, they learn the practical ability to express their thoughts in a foreign language; and in specialized classes, they master the knowledge and skills of economics, management, or finance. In addition, small-group seminars in which all students take part over their four years in the Faculty are used to ensure students have firmly mastered the essential abilities of thinking, judgment, and self-expression as well as the necessary attitudes and other requirements of the program.
All departments
  1. To master a broad range of educational subjects, students must complete a total of 20 course credits in general-education subjects from the first through the fourth year of the program. These must include at least two course credits from each of the following six areas: Information and Communication, History and Culture, Contemporary Society, Nature and Environment, Body and Mind, and Life Management and Career Design.
  2. To understand foreign cultures and the languages of their regions or cultural spheres, students take foreign-language classes as required classes during their first and second years.
  3. Depending on a student’s department and course, required classes are assigned so that students can learn the specialized knowledge and skills relevant to each field.
  4. Freshman seminars and preparatory seminars are assigned during the first year, to learn the necessary skills for study in the university, including writing, expression, and reading abilities.
  5. Beginning in the second year, students major in courses where they take required classes to learn the basic knowledge of each course and elective classes to deepen their knowledge.
  6. In the second and subsequent years, students learn specialized knowledge in even greater depth and master the approach of active learning. Advanced Seminar I (second year), Advanced Seminar II (third year), and Advanced Seminar III (fourth year), all of which are linked to the students’ courses, supplement their lectures and other classes.
  7. In Advanced Seminar III, students prepare graduation theses, seminar theses, or other theses as the achievement of their learning over the four-year program.
  8. Some specialized elective classes are opened university wide, so that students from all faculties can study outside their own disciplines and acquire specialized knowledge from other fields.
  9. The Parallel Degree Programme (PDP) of the University of London and Musashi University aims to educate leaders for the global society through global-standard undergraduate education taught in English.
  10. Classes are arranged systematically through a numbering system to promote cumulative learning, and roadmaps toward degree completion are provided.
  11. The results of learning are assessed through comprehensive evaluation of the following criteria for each class: (1) knowledge and skills, (2) competency in thinking, judgment, and self-expression, (3) independence, the ability to cooperate with others, etc.. Specific means of assessment include quizzes, various midterm assignments, presentations, field studies, final exams, and reports. The contribution of each factor to the final grade is described in the class syllabus and elsewhere.
  12. A seminar conference is held each year as an opportunity to present the results of everyday learning and receive evaluations from parties other than the faculty advisor.

Department of Economics
  1. The following three classes are required classes during the first year. Microeconomics and Macroeconomics are fundamental to learning economics. Introduction to Information Processing is intended to impart basic information-processing skills.
  2. In the International Economics and Management Course, students learn comprehensively about subjects including multinational enterprises, international finance, and the economies of regions around the world. The course features classes on economic theory and history in individual countries, financial theory, and other topics, to enable students to acquire the knowledge and methods of thinking needed to understand domestic and international economies and management activities from theoretical, empirical, and historical perspectives.
  3. The Economics and Contemporary Economies Course is intended for learning about the economic systems that strongly impact our everyday lives, utilizing both theoretical and historical approaches, so as familiarize students with methods of economic analysis; it also informs students about approaches to solving the issues faced by Japan today, such as low economic growth and unemployment. This course features elective classes for acquiring knowledge about subjects such as the history of economics and economic theory.

Department of Management
  1. The following four classes are required during the first year: Introduction to Management Studies and Essentials of Business Administration which covers the basics of management, Primer of Information Processing which covers basic information-processing skills, and Business Statistics which covers the statistics needed in managerial analysis.
  2. The Business Administration Course covers business management comprehensively from basic subjects such as management theory and strategy through specialized topics such as human resources management, organization theory, marketing, innovation management, and international business. It includes classes that make use of case studies and group work to learn an independent approach and master abilities such as those of thinking, expression, and communication.
  3. The Business Design Course teaches the practical skills needed for purposes such as utilizing information technology to start up new businesses or begin new projects within existing companies. It includes internships and project-based classes to enable students to develop the analytical and idea-generating abilities needed for data-based problem-solving.
  4. The Accounting Course employs a cumulative learning approach, from basic accounting systems through issues related to their applications in connection with adjoining fields (including management, law, and finance).

Department of Finance
  1. The following four classes are required classes during the first year: Introduction to Finance and Monetary Economics 1 which are introductory classes to finance, along with Introduction to Microeconomics and Introduction to Macroeconomics which are essential to understanding the fundamentals of economics and closely related to finance.
  2. In the Finance Course, students learn methods of comprehensive management and administration of household budgets and corporate finance, from the perspective of the flow of funds.
  3. The Financial Analyst Course aims to help students earn securities analyst qualifications. It features classes intended to prepare them for passing the Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan (CMA) Level I examination.

Admissions Policy

The Faculty of Economics has established its own educational and human-resources- development goals based on the Academy’s three founding principles, the University’s core educational goals, and the University’s three primary policies. It aims to educate students who will have a broad range of cultivation in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences and the ability to link this organically to specialized knowledge as well as the capacity to act with a high motivation to contribute to society. Based on this approach, the Faculty has established the following specific policies on acceptance of applicants.

-Types of students sought

All departments
  1. Those who understand well the Admissions Policy, Diploma Policy, and Curriculum Policy of the Faculty of Economics as a whole and their desired departments and have a clear intention to learn the educational content specified by the Faculty
  2. Those interested in economics, finance, and management of corporations and other organizations both in Japan and worldwide and able to reach clear conclusions in cooperation with others while independently identifying research topics, independently investigating the information and other matters needed to solve them, and considering them on their own based on their own studies
  3. Those desiring to master during their time as students the requisite knowledge and skills, thinking and judgment abilities, expressive abilities, and independence through small-group seminars
  4. If desiring to enroll in the Parallel Degree Programme (PDP) of University of London and Musashi University, those who wish to master the ability to discuss advanced subjects in English and put this ability to use after graduation

Department of Economics
  1. Those motivated to learn and in possession of basic academic abilities, as well as being strongly interested in contemporary domestic and international issues, particularly economic trends and financial issues
  2. Those interested in tracing the economic development of Japan and the world from a historical perspective
 
Department of Management
  1. Those serious about learning and in possession of basic academic abilities, as well as being strongly interested in contemporary domestic and international issues, particularly corporate trends and management
  2. Those strongly interested in the information and communication skills and information education connected to management
  3. Those who want to learn thoroughly, through cumulative learning, about subjects from the basic systems of accounting through applications in adjoining fields (such as economics, law, and finance)

Department of Finance
  1. Those serious about learning and in possession of basic academic abilities, as well as being strongly interested in contemporary issues, particularly in the field of finance
  2. Those who want to acquire knowledge and skills related to finance and earn related qualifications, to put these to use in their career activities after graduation
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