Environmental and Information Studies
Introduction of Fields of Study
The Course consists of the master's and doctoral programs. The master's program provides research and education in four fields of study: Environmental Management, Communication Environment, Information Systems, and Regional/Urban Environment. The outlines are as follows:
Environmental Management Field
In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities on environmental policies including their international perspectives production/consumption style with consideration for nature and regional environmental conservation, environmental management in relation to business administration, and optimization of corporate management.
Communication Environment Field
In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities on methods that facilitate communication using mass media and computers in modern society from a social scientific perspective, such as sociology, cultural anthropology, and cognitive science.
Information System Field
In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities in the fundamental technologies of information and telecommunication, which is rapidly developing in modern society, especially user interfaces, from a social scientific and engineering perspective.
Regional/Urban Environment Field
In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities with a focus on the conservation and restoration of ecosystems in and around buildings, cities, and the surrounding regional environments from the perspective of biology, architectural environment studies, environmental design, and urban engineering.
The doctoral program consists of two fields: environment and information. The program further deepens and develops sophisticated research from an interdisciplinary point of view with the goal of developing human resources who can demonstrate competency as researchers, educators, or leaders in these two fields.
Educational Goals and Outcomes
Students in the Graduate School are advised by professors from the relevant discipline and acquire the ability as researchers through direct or indirect involvement in research activities. Intensive education through daily personal interaction with teaching staff is a characteristic of the education at the graduate level. Thirty-nine full-time instructors are allocated to the quota of 40 students in the master's program and eight instructors to six students in the doctoral program.
The Graduate School makes every effort to enhance education with an emphasis on processes. We consider it very important that graduate students convey their ideas to other people. During the master's program, each student has an opportunity to give two presentations in English in the middle and the latter half of the first year, a poster session in Japanese or English at the beginning of the second year, and an interim presentation of the master's thesis in Japanese a half year later to be prepared for the presentation of the thesis at the end of the course.
In the process of compiling the master's thesis, students experience a part of the leading-edge research activities regarding the environment and information, sophisticate logical and constructional abilities, and enhance the power of expression. The School also recommends making a presentation at a relevant academic conference. In this way, students acquire the aforementioned abilities and strengths, which are required for any position in society through substantial research on the environment and information.