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July

NEWS REPORT

Realizing the idea of comprehensive and interdisciplinary education and research in social sciences

The School of Social Sciences announces a change to daytime curriculum, a revision of curriculum, and implementation of an entrance examination using the National Center for University Entrance Examinations

Mr. Yasuhiro Onishi, Senior Dean of the School of Social Sciences, speaks at a press conference held on May 14th.

In 1966, the School of Social Sciences was established as an evening undergraduate program by combining the social science courses which had existed as individual evening graduate courses until that time (School of Political Science and Economics II, School of Law II, and School of Commerce II). The School of Social Sciences has existed as a daytime and evening undergraduate program since 1998.

However, there are currently almost no students who are enrolled in the evening undergraduate program while working. In view of the current situation, and to further realize the idea of "comprehensive and interdisciplinary education and research in social sciences", the school will be moved to a daytime undergraduate course and will undergo a revision of the curriculum in April of 2009. Until now, it has been a general rule for the courses of this school to start from the 3rd period (1:00 PM to 2:30 PM). However, after being changed to a daytime graduate program, courses will start at the same time as other programs, from the 1st period (9:00 AM to 10:30 AM).

Furthermore, in order to revise the support offered to students who are taking entrance examinations and are from outside the Tokyo metropolitan area, implementation of an entrance examination using the National Center for University Entrance Examinations is scheduled for next fiscal year. Furthermore, an educational environment which is even more stimulating than the one until now will be created by the entrance of students who possess balanced scholastic ability in all subjects. 50 students will be recruited, and decisions regarding entrance will be made solely based on the results of the National Center for University Entrance Examinations, with 5 required courses in 5 subjects (foreign languages; Japanese; geography, history and civics; mathematics; science) and one elective course.