Department of International Communication

This is a new interdisciplinary department that was created based on a new philosophy that is appropriate for the era of global communication. With the progress of globalization today, international communication is receiving more and more attention. We nurture students who have the ability to communicate and understand other cultures, or international communicators who are able to act as a bridge between various cultures.

From diplomatic policy to conversations with friends, the field of communication studies how communication is conducted and what its principles and methods are, etc. In the Department, students begin by (1) learning several languages as a basic tool for international communication, and by (2) obtaining the ability to accurately understand what others are trying to say and the ability to accurately express themselves.

Building upon this acquisition, students learn about the "rules" found in culture that enable communication. By learning that there are various cultures and by acquiring the ability to understand them, students become international communicators.

In the Department, students learn theoretical fundamentals such as international communication theory, comparative cultural studies, and language sciences in the first and second years. Some classes, such as Introduction to Communication, are conducted in English. As a rule, the Department adopts a policy of small class sizes in its education.

Graduates of the Department are able to succeed in international organizations such as the United Nations, NGOs, public offices, municipal governments, and departments in corporations related to PR or international affairs. They are also engaged in interpretation or translation as specialists in communication.

Campus of Attendance

First Year to Fourth Year :


Lists Department Subjects that 3rd and 4th year students of respective courses can take

Credits of Graduation Requirement / 132 Credits
International Communication Course
Category Subjects
Elective Subjects 1st and 2nd year

  • Introductory SeminarⅠ・Ⅱ
  • Culture and Society
  • Research Methods in Communication Studies
  • Communication Studies Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Introduction to Linguistic Sciences Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Introduction to Sociololinguistics
  • Introduction to the Study of Culture Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Global Studies Ⅰ~Ⅷ
  • International Studies Ⅰ~Ⅳ
  • Structure of Japanese
  • Anglo-American Studies
  • British Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Internship
  • Qualitative Methods in Communication Research Ⅰ
  • Quantitative Methods in Communication Research Ⅰ
  • Communication Studies Ⅲ
  • Communication Studies Ⅳ
  • Computer Analysis of Survey Data
  • Spanish Studies
  • Discourse Analysis
  • German Studies
  • French Studies
  • International Volunteer Activities
  • Short ‐ Term Study Abroad Program
  • Korean Studies
  • Journalism in Modern Society
  • Practical Training in Journalism
  • International Exchange
  • Sociolinguistics:Language and Community
  • Religion and Culture Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Economics of Information and Organization
  • Human Rights Law Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Japanese Studies
  • Conflict Resolution and Law
  • Introduction to International Communication Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Preceptorial Seminar

3rd and 4th year

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Literacy Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Structure of Language
  • Business Communication Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Conference Communication
  • Cyber Communication
  • Media Communication
  • Negotiation Communication
  • Questionnaire and Survey Methods
  • Intercultural Training
  • Qualitative Methods in Communication Research Ⅱ・Ⅱ
  • Public Relations
  • Mass Media and International Politics
  • European Studies Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Selected Topics in Intercultural Communication Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Sounds of English
  • Language and Human Beings
  • Universality of Human Languages
  • Linguistic Form and Meaning
  • Advertisements and Communication
  • International Business Communication Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Interpretation Training for Intercultural Context Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Multilingual Society and Communication
  • Chinese Studies
  • Theory and Practice of Interpretation Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics
  • Culture and Historical View
  • Theory and Practice of Translation Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Readings in Spanish Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Readings in German Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Readings in French Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Readings in Russian Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Readings in Korean Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Readings in Chinese Ⅰ・Ⅱ
  • Seminar IA・IB

4th year

  • Seminar ⅡA・ⅡB

From the second year, with certain restrictions, students can choose from five courses of study regardless of department. In some cases, however, students may be required to complete core courses in addition to those listed above.

The Aoyama Standard Subjects
1st - 4th year :

School-wide universal education system where experts in wide-ranging academic fields transcending the framework of colleges/schools and departments stimulate interest in learning and provide guidance.

Free Elective Subjects
1st - 4th year :

Students can freely select from departmental subjects, Aoyama Standard Subjects, Foreign Language Subjects (take at least minimum credits required), subjects of other departments and courses in the School of International Politics, Economics and Communication as well as subjects offered by other colleges.