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Faculty of Economics

Overview of Faculty of Economics

Faculty of Economics has three departments: Economics, International Commerce and Public Management.

  Common education subjects Specialized education subjects Learning Fostering

Foreign Language

International Communication

Health and Sports Science

Information and Mathematical Principle

Academic Literacy

Basic Seminar

Advanced Seminar

Career Education

Joint Independent Research
【4 subject groups】

Financial/Economic Analysis

Public Finance/Social Policy

Global Economy

Regional Economy/Social Studies

Specialized Seminar I, II (Graduation thesis)
 A systematic study of theory, policy, and history related to economic and social issues.
  Compared to other departments, the study focuses on theory and analytical methods in the science of economics. Subject offerings enable students to acquire the ability to quantitatively analyze the economy using statistics, etc.
 The Department aims to develop students with specialized knowledge in the field of economy capable of autonomously analyzing and logically expressing issues existing in modern society.
【4 subject groups】

International/East Asia


Business Management/ Management Information


Specialized Seminar I, II (Graduation thesis)
 Study of the theory
and practice of commerce and business management in addition to economics.
  Compared to other departments, the study focuses on foreign language, international economy, and international communication. Subject offerings enable students to acquire practical skills such as business management and accounting using IT.
 The Department
aims to develop students with knowledge related to commerce and business management capable of autonomously analyzing issues faced by companies and economy of the global age and logically expressing them
【3 subject groups】

Public Policy


Regional Society

Specialized Seminar I, II (Graduation thesis)
 Study of the theory and practice of management in addition to economics.
  The only department that offers public management practice, and has students go out into the field to learn on-site about town development. Subject offerings focus on public issues of the local community.
The Department aims to develop students with knowledge on public management capable of making use of practical experience in the regional society and autonomously analyzing and solve public issues of the community based on Economics and Business Management
  Foreign Language Minor Teacher training program    
Features of the Curriculum
Three Pillars of Basic Education, Liberal Arts Education, Specialized Education

 Basic education is composed of foreign language, international communication, information and mathematical principle, and health and sports science. In order to acquire well-balanced, rich culture, diverse liberal arts subjects are available throughout the four years. Specialized education begins with basic studies in a specialized field in the first year, fundamental studies in a specialized field in the second year, and then applied study in the specialized field starting the third year. This enables students to acquire specialized knowledge in a systematic and phased manner from the first year.

Small Group Teaching throughout the Four Years

 To acquire literacy for university studies, “Academic Literacy” is included in the curriculum in the spring term of the initial year, then “Basic Seminar” in the fall term. To acquire communication, problem-solving and presentation skills, “Basic Seminar” is offered in the first year, “Advanced Seminar” in the second year, “Specialized Seminar I” in the third year and “Specialized Seminar II” in the fourth year. All classes are small group, interactive-type class setting. With the aim of promoting autonomous study under the guidance of teaching staff, research initiated by students is acknowledged as “joint independent research” for which the students are awarded units.

Fulfilling Foreign Language Education

 Considering the location of the university, our foreign language education offers a fulfilling curriculum of English as well as Chinese and Korean as second languages. The University also offers opportunities for overseas language training and study abroad programs, enabling students to acquire language skills for the international community.
For students motivated to deepen their language skills, the university offers a language minor program that includes higher language skill combining liberal arts, seminar, and practical studies.

Career Education and the Employability Meister System

 We offer career education to ensure students foster the capability to improve qualities required for social and professional independence after graduation. The program encourages internship experience in and outside of Japan, for which students are awarded units. Through career education, students cultivate their ability to find employment and acquire outstanding professional skills through basic, liberal arts and specialized education. Students achieving the prescribed results are certified as an Employability Meister.

Obtaining a Teacher’s License

 Teacher-training course is set up for students seeking to be teachers. It is possible to obtain a teacher’s license for the following areas:


Faculty Department Types of license and subject
Faculty of Economics Department of Economics Junior high school first-class teacher’s license Social Studies
High school first-class teacher’s license Geography and History
High school first-class teacher’s license Civics
Department of International Commerce High school first-class teacher’s license Commerce
Department of Public Management Junior high school first-class teacher’s license Social Studies
High school first-class teacher’s license Civics
Curriculum Overview
Basic education Foreign Language, International Communication, Information, and Mathematical Principle, Health and Sports Science     Employability Meister
Liberal arts education Human and Culture, History and Society, Nature and Mathematical Principle, Life and Health, General Culture
Specialized education Basic subjects in the specialized fields    
    Fundamental subjects in the specialized field  
      Applied subjects in the specialized field
Career education Career Design I - IV, Internship, PBL
Small group education Academic Literacy Basic Seminar Advanced Seminar Specialized Seminar I Specialized Seminar II
Foreign language minor       Applied Foreign Language Study


Basic Education
Basics for Development of the Mind and Body

  Basic education consists of foreign language, international communication, information and mathematical principle, and health and sports science with the objective of helping students to acquire basic learning, language, information processing and health management skills to cultivate the basic knowledge and academic skills required in the study in university.
In foreign language courses, Chinese and Korean are available as second languages other than English.
 The practical foreign language course in international communication aims to foster more practical foreign language skills through dialogue-type lessons with teachers from overseas. Students who participate in the short-term language study program at colleges and universities that have sister or friendship agreements with our university are awarded units for overseas study. Several tens of students participate in the foreign language program in English-, Chinese-, and Korean-speaking countries every year.
 Information and mathematical principle course consists of information, statistics, and mathematics aiming to foster students with the computer literacy necessary in today’s information society, and help them master basic knowledge required in the specialized education.
 Through health and sports science, the department aims to heighten diverse sports skills to maintain health so that students will have a healthy four years, by studying basic knowledge on health and sports science related to life-long sports, and maintaining and improving health.

Foreign Language
Second language: English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese (for international students)
Third language: English, Chinese, Korean, German, French

International Communication
Foreign language practice
Overseas language program

Information and Mathematical Principle
Information: Computer Science, Computer Basics, Practical Computer Use
Statistics: Introduction to Statistics
Mathematics: Introduction to Mathematics

Health and Sports Science
Health Science
Sports Practice
Lifelong Sports

Liberal Arts Education
Well-balanced and Rich Humanity

  Liberal Arts Education considers diverse issues related to people, history, society, culture, and nature from a broad perspective, and aims to foster knowledge on wide-ranging culture and deep insight required to live in modern times as working adults by learning about directionality and methods for problem-solving. The University considers culture to be extremely important in the fostering of well-balanced financial experts.
  Subject groups in Liberal Arts Education consist of two fields: culture and general culture. Subjects in the Culture area are provided for the four genre groups. Consideration is given to internationality and comprehensiveness, to be fully suitable liberal arts education today.


Human and Culture
Philosophy, Logic, Ethics, Ideology, Linguistics, Psychology, Art, Literature, Culture, Cross-cultural Exchange

History and Society
Japanese History, Oriental History, Western History, Human Geography, Politics, Society, Foreign Studies, Japanese Affairs (for international student)

Nature and Mathematical Principle
Laws of Nature, Human and Matter, Life and Ecology, Universe and Earth, History of Science and Technology, Mathematics as Liberal Arts, Statistics as Liberal Arts

Life and Health
Life, Health, Environment, Human Rights, Welfare, Education, Sports

General Culture
This is a subject related to modern society and our way of living. Experts in and outside the University examine social issues. The class is opened to citizens.

Small Group Interactive Classes throughout the Four Years

Academic Literacy (Spring term of the first year)
In a classroom setting about the size of high school classes, students develop their learning and communication skills by developing motivation for independent learning and adaptation to university education.

Basic Seminar (Fall term of the first year)
A small group interactive-type class taken by all students in their first year. Students learn about discussion, debate and presentation through study on a seminar theme.

Advanced Seminar (Second year)
A small interactive-type class taken by all students in their second year. Students cultivate awareness as university students under various themes in diverse formats, including reading, debate, discussion and practical exercises.

Specialized Seminar (Third and Fourth year)
The specialized seminar is a small interactive-type class in which the professor and students face one another.

Specialized Seminar I
Individual themes in specialized fields are raised in each seminar, to encourage students to think and learn together.

Specialized Seminar II
Themes are individually set up by each student. The results are summarized in the student’s graduation thesis.

Admission Policy

 The Shimonoseki City University Faculty of Economics seeks diverse students interested in diverse social issues who have motivation to learn proactively, the desire to accept challenges and the logical reading comprehension and quantitative analytical power required to grow in an academic environment.

Students Desired by Each Department
Department of Economics

 The department desires students with motivation to be actively involved in solving the economic/social problems faced by modern society and the logical thinking ability required to academically learn about these problems.

Department of International Commerce

 The department desires students possessing basic linguistic and information processing skills who are interested in global business and corporate management with the motivation to actively engage internationally centering on East Asia.

Department of Public Management

 The department desires students with the motivation to be active in the regional society, who have a broad interest in public issues faced by the community, such as regional activation, and who possess logical thinking required for academic learning.