2020 Fall Semester
- What are 3rd Year Seminars?
Any students interested in advancing to graduate study or finding employment in Japan are strongly encouraged to register for a small-group 3rd year seminar. Although the contents of each individual seminar vary greatly, the main aim of all 3rd year seminars is the same: deepen understanding of a specific field through case studies, journal articles and debate, and master the specialized knowledge and skills necessary for writing an undergraduate thesis.
Major Seminar I/II: Regular grading (A+, A, B, C, or F)
The main aim of the APS Major Seminar is to deepen students’ academic understanding of specific economic social issues, including the background and the structure of those issues, affecting the Asia Pacific region through research and discussion. Students also write academic reports on a chosen topic, which is essential training for further studies. The main fields are ″Environment & Development,″ ″Hospitality & Tourism,″ ″International Relations & Peace Studies″ and ″Culture, Society & Media.″ During their studies, students will further develop the fundamental research methods they acquired during their first two years and deepen their knowledge through analyzing a range of information. Some students may also take part in surveys, interviews or fieldwork in Japan or overseas.
In the APM Major Seminar, students study actual cases to learn about corporate behavior and the business environment. Discussions are held during classes on topics such as accounting and finance, marketing, strategic management and organization, and innovation and economics. To build up their basic knowledge, students will first research a topic designated by the instructor, and then discuss that topic in class. Students later select their own individual topic to research.
- What are 4th year seminars?
4th year seminars form the culmination of students’ four years of study at APU. This highly specialized subject allows students to select a topic of interest and conduct focused research over a one-year period.
Students take Research Seminar (2 credits) in the first half of their 4th year. Students who successfully pass this subject are then able to take Undergraduate Thesis (4 credits) the following semester. Only students who pass Research Seminar are able to register for Undergraduate Thesis.
Research Seminar: Pass (P) / Fail (F)
Undergraduate Thesis: Regular grading (A+, A, B, C, or F)
New Seminar Applications (Main seminars / Sub seminars)