I am interested in Business studies, so I chose to join courses on subjects such as entrepreneurship and innovation. In these courses I learned the fundamentals of business and the way the world works. I can also feel a growing confidence to speak in front of many people and understand other cultures. In GIS, you can interact with students who have very different backgrounds, so you will not be short of stimulation. Classes are small in size, so you have many chances to state your opinion. Therefore, I try to contribute as much as I can. Furthermore, there are many opportunities to do presentations, so I have many chances to practice and improve the way I convey my thoughts to others.
GIS provides not only an ideal environment in which to study English, but also the chance to develop your mind and analyze things from various angles. Since our faculty has classes across a range of subjects, you will be able to ponder global problems from political, economic, cultural, social, and psychological perspectives. If you find a field you want to study more deeply, you are able to take advanced courses in your 3rd or 4th year. For example, I have an interest in international politics, so I chose to focus on advanced courses in international relations. The readings which were assigned were quite difficult, but I was able to develop my critical thinking skill through reading and talking about them. Also, I enjoyed working hard with my friends in these classes. As I think about my university life so far, I am really proud to be a GIS student.
The world we live in today is a place where the whole world is connected through the internet. I didn't realize the implications of this fact for communication before entering the university, but I have realized that one important reason for studying liberal arts in English is because English is the world’s universal language nowadays. Other implications of this can be found in the business world, where our economy is currently run by people from all around the world who gather in financial centers, many in the Asia Pacific. In order to participate in this global society, communication is central. By sharing my thoughts with friends from so many different backgrounds and countries in GIS, I honestly feel that I can now deal with many kinds of situations in many places around the world by cultivating a different way of thinking.
When I was staying in the USA as an exchange student, I had many chances to interact with other international students from all over the world. They spoke English fluently, but most of them had distinctive accents, which were sometimes hard to understand (but fun to hear). Since then, I have been interested in variations of English, particularly in their phonetic differences. My seminar, The Diversity of English, is based on presentations and discussions, and so the members are very active and enthusiastic in exchanging their views, perspectives, and own experiences on accents and dialects around the globe. The professor's supplementary talk is also informative and sitmualitng, as it is delivered with a variety of audio materials such as video clips on YouTube.
How to write good copy, catching the attention of readers and finding better ways of expression. These are just some of the skills we have learned in this seminar. It wasn’t only about improving our writing skills, however. It was also about improving our way of thinking and understanding a story, then editing, designing and photographing: everything that goes into producing a magazine. Professor Bettridge advised us very patiently and every week we repeated ourselves: we researched, wrote and rewrote, until we got it right. It wasn’t easy, but the happiness on seeing the completed magazine was great. And then, of course, there was the pizza shop...
Professor Evans’s Language in the Mind gives me many opportunities to learn and think from a very wide perspective in linguistics. The seminar covers lexical and grammatical change in 20th century English. In order to observe language change, we use online corpora (collections of spoken and written works derived from a variety of sources, already “tagged” for grammar). These tools aid our empirical research. Based on this research, we hold presentations and complete written assignments. It’s a compact and friendly seminar. Precisely because language is dynamic, it continually interests me and motivates me to keep studying it– it’s good for anyone interested in exploring ongoing language change and issues in today’s language.
In the Self and Culture seminar, all the members are actively engaged in the class, especially when we are doing discussions. We not only spend a lot of time discussing topics related to psychology, but we also look deeply into ourselves to apply what we learn from reading and discussing research articles published in academic journals. Also, we explore how culture influences our mind, by looking at various aspects and comparing them. Based on knowledge and skills we cultivate in the spring semester, we conduct our own experimental research in the fall semester. It may be true that this seminar requires a lot from you, but I can surely say that this is an excellent place to broaden your knowledge, and to understand yourself more deeply.
In this seminar, Intersectionality: Multiple Inequalities, we study various topics in sociology using an intersectional perspective. In other words, we look at how social issues are constituted by the mutual influences of race, class, gender, sexuality and other inequalities. We take up topics related to gender inequality, the LGBTQ community, racial discrimination, and many more. We read academic articles, news articles, do presentations, write research papers, and engage in deep and active discussions that enhance our knowledge and academic skills. Through this seminar, I have learned the importance of keeping an open mind towards others’ ideas and gained the ability to share and explain my own opinions with others.
Our seminar, International Relations A, focuses on a wide variety of subjects in the field of international relations, ranging from the relationship between sports and development to the impact of the internet on democracy. Every week the class members conduct presentations and progress updates on our research papers, as well as engaging in active discussions and debates on each others thesis topic. Each member of the seminar group is keenly involved in discussions in a friendly atmosphere. This is helpful for us to improve the quality of our research through critical and valuable questions and comments from our fellow students. I am currently writing about the end of liberal peacebuilding and I enjoy writing on a topic I am extremely interested in. Studying in this seminar is challenging but gives me great experiences and opportunities. The atmosphere here is like no other and we enjoy studying together in the same field.
In this seminar, we learn about Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I used to think that “innovation” was just a buzzword, but there is so much more to it than that. For example, I learnt about "disruptive innovation" which allows firms to offer innovations that are cheaper, simpler and sometimes lower quality compared to the existing products. Interestingly, these are the firms that have managed to surpass the existing leading companies and over time became market leaders. Every week, we have presentations followed by discussion of case studies. We analyze case studies based on real companies such as Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Airbnb, Uber, Tesla Motors and so forth. I always enjoy the discussion and the interaction we have in this seminar.
The Fukuoka Seminar offers an academic learning environment for strategies and management in international business in a friendly atmosphere. The course focuses on three core academic fields: Cultures & Communication, Business models, and Marketing & PR. In groups, we are asked to give presentations, and facilitate the discussion based on the topics we present. We also refer to case studies (which are also used at Harvard Business School!) and discuss academically about the best solution to each of the problems that the companies are facing. As a further field of study in our zemi, we participate in a marketing competition and last year one of the teams made it to the final round of the MCJ 2016. The Fukuoka Seminar cultivates students who'll be able to enroll in a management position in a multinational company, which is what I wish to do in my future career.