Course Descriptions

School of Business Administration        April 3, 2013


Founded in 1912 as the Commerce Department of Kwansei Gakuin College
The KGU School of Business Administration has its origins in the Commerce Department founded when Kwansei Gakuin became a college in 1912. In 1921, the Department became an independent School of Commerce. When Kwansei Gakuin gained the status of a full degree-granting university in 1934, it created the Faculty of Commerce and Economics, which consisted of a Department of Commerce and a Department of Economics.
The Faculty was renamed the School of Economics in 1948 as Kwansei Gakuin reorganized under the new university system. In 1951, the Commerce Department was separated from the School of Economics to create the School of Business Administration as it exists today.
Since becoming independent more than 40 years ago, the School, with its unique curriculum, has produced a large number of businesspeople and academic researchers who lead the way in the era of economic ehavioural lisation.


Kwansei Gakuin was founded with a Biblical Department and an Academic Department in the eastern suburbs of Kobe.
College with Departments of Commerce and Humanities was opened.
School of Commerce became independent.
Campus moved to its present site in Uegahara, Nishinomiya.
Kwansei Gakuin gained full university status.
Faculty of Commerce and Economics was established.
University was relaunched under the new system.
School of Business Administration opened.
Graduate School of Business Administration opened.
Doctoral course was added to the Graduate School of Business Administration.
100th anniversary of Kwansei Gakuin.
40th anniversary of the School of Business Administration.
80th anniversary of the College Department of Commerce.
Management Course (M.B.A.) opened in the Graduate School of Business Administration.
50th anniversary of the School of Business Administration.

What Does the School Do?

Finding out how business enterprises work

People sometimes ask how the School of Business Administration is different from the School of Economics - a simple question but a good one, since business enterprises are among the subjects studied at both Schools. Economists aim to determine how the economy as a whole functions; they study business enterprises as one part of that process, and they do so in abstract and general terms. At the School of Business Administration, on the other hand, we study business enterprises - the main actors in production and distribution - to determine how they themselves function; naturally, it follows that we study them in concrete detail. Thus, while business enterprises are part of an ensemble of players at the School of Economics, at the School of Business Administration they are the leading actors. We seek an in-depth understanding of real-world economic activity from observations focused on business enterprises.

Key Points of the Program

Fostering the analytical and problem-solving skills needed to address the many issues that face the business world today
We offer a well-rounded program in which theory and practice are fully integrated. Students acquire the ability to make detailed analyses of the dynamics of business behavior in the rapidly changing corporate world and among the individual players there, to develop theoretical principles of corporate and individual action, and to use these skills to solve real-world problems.

Key Point 1: Breadth of vision plus special expertise
Students progress from courses that equip them with the minimum competence required of a generalist to courses that provide the expertise of a specialist in their chosen field. At the same time, background courses ensure breadth of vision - an essential quality for a businessperson.
Key Point 2. Command of a foreign language
To enable students to develop the true fluency that the era of globalization demands, the program offers not only language courses but also business courses taught in foreign languages by native speakers.
Key Point 3. Close teamwork with industry
An Advisory Committee of alumni now in the forefront of industry provides feedback on the program. Corporate-sponsored courses are taught by guest lecturers who are leaders in the community.
Key Point 4. Computer literacy
By using personal computers as a medium not only for academic work but for sending and receiving information of all kinds, we ensure that students develop the computer literacy that the era of information technology requires.

The Program in Detail

Learning the principles and policies governing corporate behavior

Today, corporations play a greater economic role than ever before; indeed, that role is the very essence of the economy. It is business enterprises that make and market products, supply them to consumers and earn profits, and this process is the lifeblood of the economy. At the School of Business Administration, teaching and research focus on companies as real-world economic actors, encompassing many facets of their diverse and dynamic activities. In a systematic and integrated approach, students study the role that business enterprises play in society, their structure, and the principles and policies that govern their operations.

Academic Life

Business-related courses from 1st year; choice from six majors in 3rd year
First-year students gain a solid grounding in business knowledge together with the general knowledge that a businessperson needs. Basic courses in business-related subjects include Foundation of Business Administration, Foundation of Accounting, Foundation of Economics, Foundation of Statistics, Foundation of Mathematics, Introductory Distribution and Marketing, Introductory Finance, Introductory International Business, and Introductory Business Readings. The School's more general courses include background courses in history, ethics, law, cross-cultural studies, international issues, behavioral science, and the environment. Small-group seminars, such as the Introductory Seminar and the Seminar in Humanities, aim to enhance students' logical thinking and presentation skills through, for example, debates on a wide range of topics. In Computer Literacy and related courses, students familiarize themselves with the basic techniques of word processing, spreadsheets, E-mail, etc. through these programes the student acquires the minimum competence to become a thinking international businessperson.

Second-year students can begin to take courses offered in various fields of specialization. While taking these classes, students can think about their future choice of a major in which to develop specialized expertise.
Third-year students choose one of six majors: Management, Accounting, Distribution and Marketing, Finance, Business Information, or International Business. They gain higher-level knowledge in research seminars and advanced courses. Some courses offer instruction in more sophisticated information-processing and analysis techniques using personal computers, or focus on specific topics, often by inviting guest lecturers from industry.
The program as a whole is designed to nurture the analytical and problem-solving skills needed for a successful business career.
Special Features of the Program
International Faculty Members Provide a Wealth of Resources

To become a thinking international businessperson, one needs both a global perspective and the ability to convey one's ideas. From their first year, all students take communication-oriented English classes taught by native speakers. For those who wish to improve their skills further, we offer an Intensive Program conducted entirely in English by native-speaker instructors with advanced TESOL degrees. Students who have completed this program obtain high scores in TOEFL, TOEIC, and other standard tests.
In the business world, English proficiency is useful only when it is combined with a command of key business concepts in that language. First-year students acquire basic business knowledge from English texts in Introductory Business Readings. From the second year, students continue to develop relevant English skills in the Readings and Business Readings courses. The Business Lectures course is taught by visiting faculty from all over the world. Since the guest lecturers naturally use English or other languages of which they are native speakers, attending these lectures is exactly like taking classes at a university overseas.