3. Small class sizes put students in close contact with faculty

In pursuing an undergraduate degree at Hitotsubashi, students can freely take courses offered by the Faculty of Commerce and Management, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, and Faculty of Social Data Science.

In addition, the seminar system of instruction keeps class sizes small. Third-year students choose a research topic of particular interest to them and participate in a seminar given by a designated instructor. Seminar participants number about a dozen per grade at most, and often less. Seminar students study under this system for two years, at the end of which they write a dissertation under the guidance of the seminar instructor. This highly personalized approach to education helps to ensure that the professor's instruction truly reaches the students, while forging strong ties among seminar participants. In this way the Hitotsubashi approach offers many advantages over a typical “mass produced” education. And of course, the bonds of friendship formed among seminar students last long after graduation.

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