Aside from the common "Introduction to Global Studies" and a few other required elective courses, each of the three clusters of the Graduate School of Global Studies (GSGS) has its own curriculum structure, comprised of required courses that familiarize students with the whole process from discovering the research theme to drawing up the research plan, the progress report and the final thesis writing, and elective courses where students develop specialized knowledge relevant to their research theme as well as learn about related themes and cultivate a broad perspective. Students are also encourages to take courses offered by other clusters and design their own courses of study. GSGS conducts about half of its courses in English : another distinguishing characteristic of GSGS.
Dealing with contemporary global issues requires not only theoretical and specialized knowledge but also practical efforts to solve the world's problems. GSGS therefore appoints professional experts in journalism and international cooperation as well as incorporates fieldworkand internship experience into the curriculum so as to cultivate human resources who can assume a leading role in international institutions, think-tanks, NGOs and media industry. Since the 2012 academic year, GSGS has been designated as one of the core graduate schools of the Advanced Doctoral Program in Global Resources Management.
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The goal of graduate school education is for students to complete a Master's thesis (or seminar paper) or a Ph.D. dissertation. The Graduate School of Global Studies (GSGS) provides small group education that facilitates close communication between faculty and students and meticulous mentoring until the completion of their theses. In particular, seminars offered students detailed advice according to their individual awareness and needs, from technical aspects of how to write an academic paper to advice on thesis structure and fieldwork. In addition, each cluster regularly holds progress report sessions (Integration Seminar) for students to present their thesis outlines to the faculty members.