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Faculty of Policy Management

Graduation Certification Policy (diploma policy)

Jissenchi, a concept that translates to "practical knowledge" in English, is our faculty's school philosophy. Taking after the Keio University tradition of Jitsugaku (science), the faculty aims to train students with the attitude, knowledge, and skills that will enable them to identify issues from complex social phenomena and formulate policies to solve those issues. The attitude required for identifying and solving issues is one in which we do not only pay attention to the obvious issues right in front of us, but also aim to reveal hidden ones. To do so, one needs to acquire knowledge from preexisting research results. In addition, in order to identify and solve issues in the new era, innovative skills that are not bound by traditional ways are required. We aim to equip students with those skills through hands-on teaching. Students are encouraged not only to learn skills that are already out there, but also to create new skills of their own.

Degree awarded

Bachelor of Arts in Policy Management [B.A. (Policy Management)]

Policy for Organization and Implementation of the Curriculum (curriculum policy)

Our faculty's school philosophy is jissenchi. We aim to nurture professionals who take a practical approach to identifying and solving issues. A seminar-oriented curriculum has been organized to equip students with the capacity to actively uncover, analyze, and solve problems under their own initiative. The Faculty of Policy Management encourages students' interdisciplinary learning and research, having established five general research areas: policy design; social innovation, business, and administration; international strategy; language culture and communication; and methodology of policy management studies. Policy Management Studies, a requirement for first-year students, is offered as an introductory course to form the basis of these research areas. Through this course, first-year students are exposed to a broad range of areas of study related to policy studies. Students will acquire the prerequisite knowledge by taking courses from Fundamental Subjects, the basic course categories. They will subsequently learn about current social challenges and how to find solutions in a group of courses bundled as Advanced Subjects to examine pressing issues. Concurrently, they will learn practical approaches in Research Seminars to analyze past, present, and future policy issues and to formulate comprehensive solutions. As a culmination of studies at SFC, students work on the Graduation Project, which brings together the entirety of a student's learning into a tangible form such as a thesis or work.

Policy on Admission of Students (admissions policy)

The Faculty of Policy Management seeks students who value "identifying and finding solutions to problems," with jissenchi as its school philosophy. We anticipate that students will take an active part in the process of identifying and analyzing problems and creating and implementing prescriptions towards their solution in the real world. Accordingly, entrance examinations put the greatest weight on identifying the presence of independent critical judgment, imagination, creativity, and execution skills backed by basic academic skills. We look for students who are motivated to refine their capacities to create a future shaped by their own hands, based on a problem-oriented mindset of "This is what I want to do at SFC." In order to attract diverse students and allow them to leverage their strengths with each other, a variety of entrance examinations are conducted such as General Entrance Examination, Self-Recommended Admissions, Entrance Examination for Japanese Returnees, and Entrance Examination for International Students. In addition to Japanese, English may be available for Self-Recommended Admissions.

Faculty of Environment and Information Studies

Graduation Certification Policy (diploma policy)

We aim to train students to acquire creativity. In order to create something, we need the ability to take a step forward after acquiring and processing the wisdom of those who came before us. This requires not only an innovative and imaginative mind, but also the skills and work ethic necessary to make an evidence-based, honest evaluation of the work you have done. This evaluation cannot be made without a firm grasp of the issues that you have raised, and the knowledge and skills to support your argument on the matter. At the same time, it is essential to have a research-oriented attitude that questions conventional wisdom, maintains an awareness of issues, and continues to pursue insights into the true nature of things. The Faculty of Environment and Information Studies will equip students with the skills to shake up society when it reaches an impasse, without fear of failure, and contribute to the creation of a future society through research-based learning.

Degree awarded

Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Information Studies [B.A. (Environment and Information Studies)]

Policy for Organization and Implementation of the Curriculum (curriculum policy)

Our curriculum, rather than being passive and lecture-focused, is organized to favor active and dynamic participation in projects. The curriculum is structured around the research seminars as its core, and students can select courses to develop skills necessary for their research. Environment and Information Studies, Language, Data Science, Fundamentals of Information Technology, and Wellness make up the required courses or equivalent. First-year students take Environment and Information Studies to learn the fields of study available at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies and to become motivated to learn. Through the Language, Data Science, Fundamentals of Information Technology, and Wellness courses, students will acquire the knowledge and skills essential for studying at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, as well as know-how for lifelong well-being. In addition, many Fundamental Subjects and Advanced Subjects are offered for the five fields of novel computing and communication systems, design engineering and media art, advanced biosciences, environmental design, and human environment. These subjects cater to the diverse needs of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. Students study a combination of these subjects in depth. In addition, students in the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies can take courses offered by the Faculty of Policy Management, which will make it possible to broaden their horizons. These learning experiences will help them find their own field of study. Furthermore, students are encouraged to take multiple research seminars to select their personal field of study. At the end of the program, students compile everything they have learned during their undergraduate studies in Graduation Project 1 and 2.

Policy on Admission of Students (admissions policy)

We welcome students who aspire to becoming creators and leaders capable of identifying and solving problems on a global scale, with broad perspectives not constrained to a single academic field. It is our hope that students will enroll at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies with a problem-oriented mindset of "This is what I want to do at SFC," based on a sound understanding of the school philosophy and our research content. We anticipate that you will actively deploy our range of resources, including the educational environment and advanced projects at SFC, to "Refine your abilities to shape the future with your own hands." In order to attract diverse students and allow them to leverage their strengths with each other, a variety of entrance examinations are conducted such as General Entrance Examination, Self-Recommended Admissions, Entrance Examination for Japanese Returnees, and Entrance Examination for International Students. In addition to Japanese, English may be available for Self-Recommended Admissions.