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 600
Enrollment Semesters Spring (April), Fall (September)

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.

Requirements for Graduation

In order to graduate, students must fulfill the credit requirements for each subject field, as well as complete at least 124 credits total. Once students have completed more than 20 credits from among the designated subjects for their area of study, the name of that area of study will be noted on their diploma.

Japanese-basis Students

1. English Standard Track

Field No. of required credits
Common Education Subjects English 24 40
Language Education and Common Liberal Arts Subjects 16
Major Education Subjects 62
General Electives at least 22

2. English Advanced Track

Field No. of required credits
Common Education Subjects English 12 40
Language Education and Common Liberal Arts Subjects 28
Major Education Subjects 62
General Electives at least 22

English-basis Students

Field No. of required credits
Common Education Subjects Japanese 16 40
Language Education and Common Liberal Arts Subjects 24
Major Education Subjects 62
General Electives at least 22

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