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College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) | APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

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College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS)

About APS

In APS, we challenge you to tackle a vast array of global issues and develop new ways of thinking to face these obstacles head on. You will combine study from different fields to gain a broad understanding of the diverse political systems, economies, societies and cultures of the Asia Pacific while gathering advanced skills in language, information technology and research. APS prepares you for a wide variety of careers in government, international organizations, media, the travel industry and multinational corporations.

Degree Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc)
Program Duration 4 years
Yearly Intake 660
Enrollment Semesters Spring (April), Fall (September)


A list of faculty for the College of Asia Pacific Studies can be found here.

Areas of Study

APS has established 4 areas of study in order to conduct education and research for the development of wide-ranging problem solving ability and specialized know-how of the issues facing the Asia Pacific region. Studies are centered on solid language proficiency and a basic understanding of the diverse cultures, histories, societies, natural environments, and historical conditions of the Asia Pacific region.

Environment and Development

Profit-driven development has bought with it a raft of environmental and other issues, and sustainable development is an urgent issue for our times. This cluster of lectures tackle this question of sustainable development in relation to efforts to balance environmental conservation and economic development. You will also examine sustainable development policies in light of the systems and laws in each country and region.

Hospitality and Tourism

As cultural exchange and promotion of regional industries through tourism are vital to the development of the Asia Pacific region, this cluster explores multiple facets of tourism through the lenses of culture, society and community. You will focus on the theory and practice of hospitality as it relates to the tourism, health and welfare industries.

International Relations and Peace Studies

This cluster allows you to delve into the intricacies of conflict resolution and peace-building as well as to cultivate the ability to deal with increasingly complex global issues in order to become a future expert. Your studies will draw from the three disciplines of international law, political science and economics and help you gain the necessary critical thinking skills and a policy-oriented approach to succeed in the fields of international relations, dispute resolution and peace-building.

Culture, Society and Media

This cluster enables you to analyze the societies, cultures and values of the Asia Pacific to deepen your understanding of the problems this region faces. Your coursework will include study on information technology, culture and new media studies. Through this, you will gain a global perspective and the ability to view the region from several angles.

Curriculum Overview

The College of Asia Pacific Studies aims to cultivate human resources that, upon comprehensive understanding of the diverse political conditions, economies, societies, and cultures of the Asia Pacific region, will 1) achieve basic and advanced knowledge in such areas as global society, environment and development, and tourism; 2) develop language, communication and problem-solving abilities; and 3) through understanding of the diverse problems facing the Asia Pacific, will be able to contribute to sustainable development and coexistence in the region.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements and the subjects that students can take differ depending on the student's curriculum, enrollment basis language and status as either a domestic or international student. Graduation requirements are listed in the sections for each curriculum. Please make sure you read the "Graduation Requirements" carefully.

Core Subjects

Students are strongly encouraged to complete these subjects, "Introduction to APS" and "Introduction to Area Studies". In "Introduction to APS", students learn the approaches and theoretical frameworks of each Area of Study to gain an understanding of what will be like to pursue major studies in the Areas of Study. In "Introduction to Area Studies", students learn the methods for learning about the Asia Pacific region - that is, the subject of research in APS. By taking these two subjects, students can learn the ideals and objectives of APS. "Introduction to APS" is automatically registered by the university, but students need to register "Introduction to Area Studies" by themselves if they want to take it. Please make sure to refer to the "Core Subjects".

Required Subjects for each Area of Study

These subjects serve as the first step to a broader and deeper learning in the academic fields by providing students with basic knowledge and theories they need to understand the field. For more detailed information please see "Required Subjects for each Area of Study".

Curriculum Outline

As one of graduation requirements, students must choose one Area of Study from the following Areas of Study and then complete at least 2 credits from the required subjects (Common Liberal Arts Subjects) for the Area of Study of your choice and 28 credits from the Major Education Subjects for the Area of Study. The name of that Area of Study will be noted on their diploma. For more details regarding the application procedure for an Area of Study, please refer to the ”Curriculum Outline".

Subject List

For a full look at all the subjects for APS as well as Language Courses, please refer to the "Subject List".