Regional Economics
  • Utsunomiya Campus
Faculty of Economics Department of Regional Economics

Developing human resources who can contribute
to regional revitalization and recovery

To develop human resources who can realize regional revitalization and recovery. That is the goal of the Department of Regional Economics. In addition to basic Department of Economics courses, we offer some courses such as "Travel Industry Theory" and "Local Autonomy Law". Students can verify and learn "region and economy" from many points of view. As we also hold community-based symposiums, students can learn about the current situation, issues, and solutions for regional revitalization from people in different fields who are actually active on the front lines of the region. 

Fieldwork of the Department of Regional Economics

Contribute to regional revitalization and regeneration from a "glocal" perspective

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In addition to basic economics, students learn "region and economy" from many points of view.

In order to cultivate new ideas about regional revitalization and recovery, it is necessary to acquire economic methods as a base. Therefore, in the 1st and 2nd year, students learn the basics of economics. Students study in a well-balanced manner, taking into account their desired career path as a specialized subject, "Regional Economics Course / Local Autonomy Course". From the 3rd year onward, students work on the application and practice of the knowledge and methods learned through seminars and classes that incorporate fieldwork in the region.


Syllabus of the Department of Regional Economics

  • *Students must select "Utsunomiya Campus" for Timetable Affiliation, and enter the course classification.

Class Introduction

Civil servant education
This is a course to acquire the basic knowledge of the Constitution, which can be used for the civil service examination while explaining the constitutional texts and judicial precedents. Rather than memorizing all texts, it is possible to learn historical background of the birth of the law and the intent of the legislation by understanding why such articles were created, . Depending on the articles handled, it will be explained while incorporating current affairs news, so it is a class that makes you familiar with the law.

SME theory
This course is designed to deepen the understanding of small and medium-sized enterprises, which are believed to hold the key to the regional economic development and the revitalization of the Japanese economy, from many points of views. Students consider new developments and innovations that respond to changes in the business environment, and the role in the local economy, using a unique company as an example.

Social research method
Social research is an activity to go to the site, collect and analyze raw data, and understand the phenomena in order to understand the events that occur in society and the consciousness of people. In this course, students learn the outline and methods of quantitative research, and acquire the basic knowledge and skills of social research through practical exercises.

Tourism industry theory
This course covers the history, management, law, current situation and trends of the tourism industry such as theme parks and conventions focusing on the accommodation industry, travel industry, and transportation industry. The course also covers the cruise industry, which aims to expand the market in Japan in recent years, and students learn about the current status of tourism industry. In lectures by current employees working at tourism-related companies teach students the joys and difficulties of working in the tourism industry, as well as the knowledge that will lead to employment .

Grade Assessment and Credit Recognition

Grading Criteria

About our GPA System

The purpose of introducing the GPA (Grade Point Average) system is to: 1) create a unified campus standard, 2) provide a highly impartial standard, and 3) be an internationally accepted standard in order to evaluate academic achievement through an objective numerical value. This system is based on the grading system adopted by many foreign universities. It is an indicator that can prove academic ability when studying abroad, entering a graduate school overseas, or finding employment at a foreign company.

Display of Grades and Assessment Criteria

Classification Grading Criteria GPA Grading Criteria Details of Assessment
Pass S. 4.0 90 percent or higher Represents particularly excellent grades.
A 3.0 80 percent Represents excellent grades.
B. 2.0 70 percent Represents grades recognized as adequate.
C. 1.0 60 percent Represents the minimum grade acceptable as a pass.
Fail D. 0.0 59 points or less
Represents that students have not reached the minimum grades acceptable as a pass
absence 0.0 Missing the exam Represents that students have not taken the exam for the class or have not submitted a report, etc.
Unqualified 0.0 Not eligible to take the exam Represents that students are not eligible to take the exam due to insufficient attendance at the class or have abandoned the course. 

GPA Calculation Method

GPA Calculation Method

Credit Recognition

To earn credits

  1. Credit system
    Courses at the university are based on credits. the credits are determined based on the number of hours of study, and one credit is based on 45 hours (15 hours for lessons, 15 hours for preparation, 15 hours for review) taking into consideration of the method of lessons and the educational effect of lessons.) 
Class method class time Preparatory learning (preparation, review)
Lectures / Practices 15 to 30 hours 30 to 15 hours
Experiment / Practice / Practical skill 30 to 45 hours 15 hours
  1. Get credit
    Credits can be earned by registering for classes at the beginning of each semester, attending classes, doing the necessary preparatory studies, and passing the examination. University credits are based on the number of class hours. As a general rule, if students do not attend at least 2/3 of the class hours, they are not be eligible to take the examination. Attendance is the first priority.

About graduation credits

In order to graduate, students must be enrolled for at least 4 years and earn at least 124 credits. The breakdown of the minimum number of credits required for graduation is as follows.

Minimum number of credits required for graduation (students enrolled in 2021)

Subject classification Number of units Remarks
Compulsory subjects Communication subjects 8  
Specialized courses 12
Elective compulsory subjects Specialized courses 18 * Excess credits for elective compulsory courses are counted as specialized course credits.
Elective subjects Comprehensive basic subjects
Communication subjects
86 16 or more  
Specialized courses 62 or more