College of Sustainability and Tourism (ST) | APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


College of
Sustainability and Tourism (ST)

A Breakdown of the College of Sustainability and Tourism (ST)

In ST, you will study the formation of sustainable societies through environmental resource management and sustainable tourism. One of the few university programs of its kind, we help students to become scholar-practitioners, who employ innovative research to solve real-world issues. Our faculty members are specialists in environment, development, tourism, entrepreneurship, and ICT, and are active on the global stage through contributions to academic journals and international organizations. They also serve policy committees in the national and local governments in Japan.

ST supports students in becoming individuals who discover local resources found in nature, history, and culture, with the goal to protect and develop these into a tourism source to contribute to regional development amidst globalization. You will also tackle societal issues and gain skills to support efforts to achieve global SDGs. ST’s education goes beyond the classroom, requiring problem-based learning in real-world settings, available inside and outside Japan, with strong emphasis on developing skills in research and data analysis.


The college has nine concentrations that form the shared foundation of sustainable development and sustainable tourism. Students can choose a combination of subjects from these concentrations according to their career aspirations as well as the knowledge and skills they wish to acquire.

ST Videos

Subject List


APU Literacy
  • Student Success Workshop
  • Multicultural Cooperative Workshop
  • Peace, Humanity and Democracy
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Fieldwork I–II
  • Studies of Multicultural Comparison
  • Foundation for Global Leadership
  • Overseas Learning Design
  • Bridge Program
  • Languages of the Asia Pacific
  • Religions of the Asia Pacific
  • Geography of the Asia Pacific
  • Culture and Society of the Asia Pacific
  • History of the Asia Pacific
  • Japanese Politics and Society
  • Popular Culture of Japan
  • Japanese History
  • Constitution of Japan
  • Special Lecture (Japanese Studies)
  • Applied Intercultural Communication
  • Skills and Practices for Global Leadership
  • Global Leadership for Social Impact
  • Japanese Art of Tea Ceremony
  • Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement
  • Traditional Japanese Arts
Introduction to Major Studies Group
  • Introduction to Sustainable Development*
  • Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality*
  • Introduction to Policy Studies
  • Introduction to Sociology*
  • Introduction to Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • World Economy and Global Issues
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Fundamental Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Statistics for Social Sciences*
  • Advanced Mathematics

*It is strongly recommended to take these subjects for those in ST.

Global Citizens Foundation
  • Legal Studies
  • Psychology
  • Bioethics
  • AI and Society
  • Western Philosophy
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Western Visual Arts
  • Modern Science and Technology
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Self‐analysis for Career Design
  • Diverse Perspectives on Understanding Careers
  • Special Lecture (Liberal Arts Subject)
  • Web Design
  • Information Processing Essentials
  • Programming Essentials
  • Information Literacy
  • Health Science
  • Media Production Lab
  • Internship
  • Career Field Analysis for Career Development
  • AI and Data Science
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Database Systems
  • Special Lecture (ICT)
  • Information Systems Programming


Japanese Language Classes
  • Japanese Course (Foundation/Intermediate/Pre-Advanced/Advanced)
  • Career Japanese
  • Language and Culture in Japan
  • Language and Social Topics in Japan
  • Kanji and Vocabulary Skills
  • Japanese for Self-expression
  • Japanese Communication Skills
English Language Classes
  • English Course (Foundation/Pre-Intermediate/Intermediate/Upper-Intermediate/Advanced)
  • English for Discussion and Debate
  • English of the Media
  • English for Journalism
  • English for Business A
  • English for Hospitality and Tourism
  • English Communication Skills
  • English for Business B
  • Reading Fiction in English
Asia Pacific Language Classes
  • Chinese I – III, Global Language Learning
  • Korean I – III, Global Language Learning
  • Malay/Indonesian I – III、, Global Language Learning
  • Spanish I – III, Global Language Learning
  • Thai I – III, Global Language Learning
  • Vietnamese I – III, Global Language Learning
Specific Language Classes
  • English Proficiency Test Preparation Course I – III
  • Japanese Linguistics for Japanese Language Education
  • Japanese Language Teaching
  • Introduction to Asia Pacific Languages
  • Intensive Language Learning
  • Special Lecture (Language Education Subject)


Environmental Studies
  • Environment and Society
  • Environmental Policy and Governance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Education
  • Climate Change
  • Biodiversity
  • Parks and Protected Areas
Resource Management
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Resource Management
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy Management
  • Sustainable business
International Development
  • Development Sociology and Anthropology
  • Politics of Development
  • Conflict and Development
  • International Development Cooperation
  • Development Policy
  • Development and Economy
Tourism Studies
  • Sociology of Tourism
  • Culture of Tourism
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Tourism Economics
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Media and Tourism
Tourism Industry Operations
  • Tourism Operations
  • Destination Marketing
  • MICE and Event Industry
  • Special Interest Tourism
  • Health & Wellness Tourism
Hospitality Operation
  • Hospitality Operations
  • Service Experience Design
  • Resort Marketing
  • Food and Beverage Operations
  • Revenue Management
Social Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Strategic Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
Regional Development
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism Destination Development and Planning
  • Rural Development and Tourism
  • Sustainable Urban Development and Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Resilient Cities
  • Community Development
Data Science & Information System
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Internet Technologies and Applications
  • Big Data Analysis
  • System Modelling and Analysis
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis
  • New Technologies and Future Society
Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Critical Reading I – II
Seminar and Graduation Research Project
  • Major Seminar
  • Research Seminar
  • Graduation Project
  • Capstone
Off-Campus Program
  • Practicum
  • Field Study
  • Specialized Internship

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