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School of Business Administration

Introduction to the School of Business Administration

The School of Business Administration, which is over 50 years old, has graduated numerous talented professionals while maintaining extensive contacts with the real world. The School contributes to local society, industry, and education through its free and constructive atmosphere and progressive spirit.

Business administration investigates the management of the corporate structures that lie at the heart of economic society and business strategy in social, economic, and governmental systems that continue to change in global and dynamic ways, and has an essential role to play in the continued existence and development of human society. The School of Business Administration approaches business administration from five perspectives: management, economics, marketing, accounting, and information technology. Students analyze corporate structures, investigate their underlying orientations and the true nature of their conduct, and search for solutions that will point them in a favorable direction.

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Five perspectives from which business administration is studied

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The School of Business Administration cultivates students’ ability to accurately assess the true nature of society by having them learn directly from, and discuss issues with, corporate managers and executives, participate in training programs offered by companies and local governments, and holding debriefing sessions afterwards to review what they have learnt. In addition to offering integrated opportunities for two-way learning in small groups to increase the extent to which students’ knowledge is specialized, the School provides numerous chances for students to participate in international exchanges through partnerships with 20 universities in 15 countries and regions. This rich selection of options reflects the School’s focus on overseas learning.

Department of Business Administration

Introduction to the Department of Business Administration

Through research and instruction in multiple academic disciplines, the Department of Business Administration is dedicated to training future professionals who will be able to discern the various issues affecting business administration, creatively consider means for solving these issues, and take independent action to do so.

In keeping with the merit-based focus of the business world, it is important to question what students study at the Department of Business Administration, and how that information will end up playing a useful role in society. The Department teaches students to take the knowledge they have learned in the classroom and refine it into practical expertise through presentations in an extensive range of seminars and similar classes. A new curriculum designed to combine theory and practice helps students master useful business administration skills.

Although university-level education typically focuses on a single field of specialization, the constantly changing world of business demands an ability to deal with problems from a multifaceted perspective. To address this need, students of the Department of Business Administration pursue a multifaceted program of study by choosing 2 topical course groups out of a total of 10 options that have real-world relevance, including “New Business Start-ups,” “Strategy Design,” and “HRM and Knowledge Management.”

In addition to offering practical learning opportunities in the form of internships, courses endowed by industry leaders, and joint development projects with companies, the program seeks to incorporate living knowledge from the real world by welcoming talented individuals from a variety of backgrounds as faculty members. In this way, instruction by both researchers and faculty members with a business background serves to enable the fusion of theory and practice in business administration.

Through this approach to study, the Department of Business Administration fosters the development of the observational skills, good judgment, and creativity needed in business.

Diploma Policy: Awarding of degrees and certification of graduation

The School of Business Administration of the Senshu University awards, in line with the School’s mission of “fusion of theory and practice”, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration to a person who has gained a comprehensive understanding of the society around us and the meaning of his or her own existence in it as well as an in-depth knowledge of “human”, “material”, “money” and “information”, that are the essential resources for the management of a business organization. It is expected that he or she is capable of and willing to put such knowledge to a good use in actual business activities. Specifically, the School awards the Bachelor’s Degree to a student who has completed all the study courses required by the university with 124 credits earned (including those from compulsory courses) and has attained the qualities described in 1 to 5 below:
  1. Has an extensive general knowledge in culture, history, community and nature, which allows him or her to have a comprehensive understanding of the society and the meaning of his or her own existence in it. (Knowledge and understanding)
  2. Has a broad range of general knowledge in business administration as well as advanced and in-depth knowledge in its specific fields. (Knowledge and understanding)
  3. Is capable of exercising a leadership in a group of people comprising diverse values, where he or she is aware of differences between him or herself and other members of the group and also of the roles and responsibilities that he or she should assume within the group to act on his or her own initiative. (Interest, willingness and attitude)
  4. Is capable of and willing to collect and analyze necessary information to solve an issue or problem that he or she encounters and to output the result in a clear and appropriate manner. (Skills and power of expression)
  5. Is capable of and willing to put the various information and knowledge that he or she has gained to a good use so as to detect, study and solve various issues and problems that the society or an organization may be facing. (Power of thinking and judgment

Curriculum Policy: Planning and implementation of courses and programs

The School of Business Administration, in order for its students to attain the qualities and capabilities that they are expected to fulfill as the requirement to graduate and/or receive degrees, systematically and effectively plans courses in the transitional, introductory, liberal arts and specialized curricula to be provided by its departments, in an optimum mix of classroom lectures and practical courses. The planning and implementation of educational courses and programs and the evaluation of students’ learning achievements will be done in the following manner:
  1. An overview of educational courses
    • Senshu University introductory courses are provided in the first year as the transitional curriculum.
    • Senshu University basic courses, including career and education related courses, basic natural science courses, basic foreign language courses and sports literary courses, are also provided in the first year as the introductory curriculum.
    • Basic humanity and social science courses are provided in the first and second years as the liberal arts curriculum. In addition, interdisciplinary (“composite”) courses are provided in the second and subsequent years while natural science, foreign language and health physical education courses are provided in all the years.
    • The specialized curriculum is designed to allow a smooth, progressive learning from the basics toward more advanced studies through the university years. In order to not to limit the students’ learning experience to theoretical lecture-based studies, many practical activity courses are provided in line with the School’s education mission of “fusion of theory and practice”.
  2. Teaching method and content
    • Transitional curriculum (Senshu University introductory courses)
      The transitional curriculum is designed to assist new entrants through the “transit” from high school education to a completely different world of university education, to cultivate in them a sense of pride and awareness as a Senshu student and initiate them into the process of developing a “socio-intelligence”. The course is implemented through a so-called “Senshu University Introductory Seminar”, a small-group tutorial program that prepares the students for the upcoming education through their years at the university with necessary reading, thinking, presentation and composition skills.
    • Introductory curriculum (Senshu University basic courses)
      The introductory curriculum is intended to help the students acquire basic learning skills, which will be important for attaining specialized knowledge and skills and the thinking ability based such knowledge and skills while also gaining a global perspective. These learning skills will not only be useful for learning at the university but will also be an essential tool for self-learning and improvement throughout the student’s life after graduation.
      • The career and education related courses help the students attain the capacity to build his or her own future through acting and thinking in a proactive manner.
      • The basic natural science courses encourage students to be interested in natural phenomena that surrounding them and also cutting edge science technologies and help them to acquire a proactive thinking attitude to contemplate various issues.
      • The basic foreign language courses help students learn language grammars and build vocabulary in a fundamental and systematic manner, to deepen his or her understanding of cultures and societies of the world and to contemplate and deal with various issues in a flexible and comprehensive manner. English is compulsory for all. Students will be divided in multiple English learning groups according to their proficiency in the language so that each student will be given the most effective English learning opportunities for his or her present capacity.
      • Sports literacy courses help, through encouraging communication skills through sports activities and providing opportunities to learn the value of physical exercise and athletism, nurture a capacity to cope with and solve various issues related to life and society.
    • Liberal arts curriculum (liberal arts courses)
      The liberal arts curriculum is intended for the students to acquire a range of knowledge and skills that is much broader than their respective major field so that they will be able to approach topics and subjects from a versatile point of view.
      • Basic humanities, basic social science and natural science courses are designed to help students, through learning topics, knowledge and terminology in the respective academic fields being taught, to be able to think about and solve various issues in society in a proactive manner.
      • The interdisciplinary, or “composite”, study courses encourage the students to realize that multiple-disciplinary approaches can be taken to study the same theme and help them acquire a flexible, multidimensional and comprehensive thinking attitude to work on and study various issues in society.
      • Foreign language courses build on the foundation developed through the basic foreign language courses in the introductory curriculum to acquire more advanced language utilization skills and to help the students, through appropriate language-based communications, to deepen understanding of various cultures and societies of the world and to work on and solve various issues in a comprehensive manner.
      • On the basis of sports literacy in the introductory curriculum, health and physical education courses help students, through encouraging communication skills through sports activities and providing opportunities to learn the value of physical exercise and athletism, nurture a capacity to cope with and solve various issues related to life and society.
    • Specialized curriculum (specialized courses)
      As part of the specialized curriculum, specialized introductory courses help students build basic knowledge that will be the foundation for specialized courses. Practical courses including readings in foreign books, tutorial classes, internships, business studies, seminars and graduation thesis work will help, starting from foreign literature reading, to obtain a knowledge of different cultures through English and other foreign language literature reading. The tutorial classes that follow will train students to be able to put his or her logical thinking, problem-solving and analytical potentials to practical use. Internships, through experiencing interaction with the society or business organizations, will help develop recognition and a sense of responsibly as a valid, full-grown member of the society and to understand the reality of the business world for him or her to grow into an active businessperson. Ten “Thematic Studies” courses are provided, from which the student can select two main themes for more intensive and advanced learning. Business studies and seminars allow the students to further improve his or her learned knowledge and to put such knowledge to practical use. Graduation thesis work will help develop a capacity to systematically express such improved understanding in a written form.
  3. Evaluation of students’ learning achievements
    • Completing basic natural science courses as part of the introductory curriculum plus completing and earning 19 credits from courses in the liberal arts curriculum (of those, 2 credits must be earned from natural science-related courses) will be deemed as an evidence that he or she has acquired broad general knowledge related to culture, history, society and nature so as to be able to understand the meaning of his or her existence in the social system in a comprehensive manner.
    • In the specialized curriculum, 26 credits must be earned by completing 13 compulsory specialized introductory courses. 46 credits must be earned from a selection of “Thematic Studies” courses. Of those, each student must select two themes for more intensive learning, from which to earn 24 of the 46 credits. Earning all of these credits will be deemed as an evidence that the student has acquired a broad knowledge in the study of business administration in general as well as advanced in-depth knowledge in its specific fields.
    • Earning 4 credits from basic foreign language courses (English) in the introductory curriculum and 4 more from foreign language courses in the liberal arts curriculum and 2 credits from the foreign literature reading exercises in the specialized curriculum will be deemed as an evidence that the student is now able to positively recognize his or her uniqueness and differences from others in the society or organization that he or she belongs.
    • Completing the Senshu University Introductory Seminar in the transitional curriculum as well as career and education related courses in the introductory curriculum will be deemed as an evidence that the student now positively recognizes his or her own role and responsibility in a group of people with diverse values.
    • Completing and earning credits from the compulsory “Sports Literary” in the introductory curriculum and “Sports and Wellness” in the liberal arts curriculum as well as the practical courses in the specialized curriculum will be deemed as an evidence that he or she has attained a leadership quality that allows him or her to act in a self-motivated manner.
    • Completing the Senshu University Introductory Seminar in the transitional curriculum plus earning 6 credits from the practical courses in the specialized curriculum will be deemed as an evidence that he or he has acquired the skills and capabilities required to obtain and analyze the information required to solve an issue and to utilize such analysis result to defect and solve issues that the society or an organization may face.

Admission Policy: Acceptance and screening of prospective entrants

The School of Business Administration seeks entrants with the following knowledge, willingness, skills, thinking and judgment to provide teaching in accordance with its graduation, degree-awarding and course planning and implementation rules:
  1. Has accomplished a good learning of the high school curriculum (knowledge and understanding) in general.
  2. Has in-depth knowledge and skills in a specific filed of multicultural exchange or information processing. (Knowledge, understanding, skills and power of expression)
  3. Has a strong interest in the management of various organizations in society and is motivated to act in the field of business administration. (Interest, willingness and attitude)
  4. Has attained basic communication skills through high school learning and also has the basic logical thinking, judgment and problem solving capabilities that would be required to solve problems that may be found in society or in an organization. (Skills, power of expression, power of thinking and judgment.
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