In 1886, when Kansai University's predecessor, Kansai Law School, was founded, the first lecture at the School was on Economics. In 1904, a Course in Economics was established and this eventually evolved into today's Faculty of Economics. Today there are over 50,000 graduates of the Faculty, working mostly in Western Japan's commercial center, Osaka, and active in various fields both within Japan and overseas.
Ever since modern Economics was first pioneered by Adam Smith in the late 18th century, it has concerned itself with the wealth and happiness of human beings. The modern world's methods of mass production and mass consumption have, however, created a great number of problems, such as gaps between rich and poor nations, trade friction, and environmental degradation. In such a context, it is increasingly necessary to examine economic problems from a global perspective. At the same time, there is an increasing demand for a younger generation that can put a thorough understanding of economics to practical use in everyday life.
The Faculty's curriculum strongly reflects these perceptions. In the first year, you are introduced to the basic subjects such as Introduction to Macroeconomics, Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Japanese Economy, Economic History, Statistics, and Mathematics for Economists. In the fourth semester, you are assigned to one of the following seven majors according to your own interest.
- Economic Theory
- Finance and Accounting
- Public Economics
- History and Economic Thought
- Industrial and Business Economics
- Regional and Global Economic Studies
- Statistics and Econometrics
From the fourth semester onwards, you attend a continuous, five-semester seminar, in which you study a particular topic in detail under the supervision of a staff member. You also write a dissertation on the subject of your choice at the end of course.
Most private universities in Japan offer only large size classes, and they are usually one-way lectures. However, in our Faculty of Economics, many classes are of small size, to encourage student participation. For instance, modules of Economics Workshop and Introduction to Information Processing for Economics, which are for the first-year students, are both taught to small classes.
The educational staff members of the Faculty are active in research, presenting and publishing the results of this in many different places. In addition, staff members contribute to research projects sponsored by a wide variety of organizations, such as Kansai University itself, other universities, national and local governments, and international agencies.