The GIS curriculum is designed to guide and support students as they pursue their personal goals in the context of an increasingly complex global environment. Through a liberal arts education that combines academic skills courses with traditional fields of study as well as interdisciplinary perspectives, GIS seeks to cultivate a truly global perspective through the development of creative problem solving skills, the growth of academic knowledge, and the encouragement of interpersonal and intercultural communication. The curriculum offers a framework of classes from 100 level and to 400-level seminars that also allows the freedom and flexibility for students to design their own course of study.

Academic skills courses

These courses lay the groundwork for education and employment. It’s here that students acquire the fundamental skills essential for success in GIS and in their careers beyond.

Example courses:

  • Debate and Discussion
  • Basic Writing Skills
  • Academic Writing Skills I and II
  • Reading Skills I and II
  • English Test Preparation
100-level courses

These courses build basic knowledge in core disciplines, preparing students for interdisciplinary work at the 200 and 300 levels.

Example courses:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to English literature
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • English Grammar: The Basics
  • Introduction to Psychology I and II
  • Media Studies
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Japan’s Foreign Policy
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Business
  • Microeconomics I
200 and 300-level courses

These courses build off knowledge acquired in core disciplines. Students apply this knowledge to thematic courses, working within or across areas in focusing on particular global problems.

Example courses:

  • Tokyo Tales: Discovering the Hidden City
  • Topics in Contemporary Art
  • English Dialects around the World
  • TESOL II: Teaching Methodology
  • Race, Class, and Gender I and II
  • Cultural Globalization
  • Peace and Conflict Studies I and II
  • World Politics
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Brand Management
400-level seminars

Seminars offer students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge by applying interdisciplinary perspectives to specific problems. Detailed information about each of GIS’s seminars can be found here.


Curriculum diagram

See here for a graphic overview of the GIS curriculum.

Curriculum pdf