Overview

The Graduate Program in Global Studies is part of the Graduate School of Global Studies at Sophia University. The GPGS's English-taught curriculum offers master's degrees in Global Studies, International Business and Development Studies, and Japanese Studies, and a doctorate in Global Studies and Japanese Studies.

Founded in 2006, the GPGS reorients Sophia University's strengths in area and international studies to issues of globalization. The curriculum emphasizes inquiry into the contemporary world and its historical antecedents by integrating the themes of interdisciplinary global studies, theories and methodologies of academic disciplines, and the cross-cultural understandings and language training of area studies.

The approximately thirty faculty members hold advanced degrees from leading universities around the world and actively pursue research and publication in their specializations. They represent many different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, ensuring a diverse range of perspectives. Every semester about fifteen M.A. students and up to three Ph.D. student are admitted to the GPGS. The small size encourages close student-faculty interaction.