Today’s diversified, complex society faces many issues, including education, welfare for seniors, and the environment. In striving to resolve these issues, the Faculty of Human Sciences fosters individuals who have a true understanding of human nature, who adopt a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to human psychology and society, and who contribute to the creation of a society that improves the quality of the human environment and ensures a healthy, emotionally rich life for its members.

Department of Human Sciences

Arriving at a true understanding of human nature is difficult through the traditional approach of a single academic discipline, necessitating venues for interdisciplinary approaches to education. To nurture true understanding and penetrating insight into the aspects and diversity of human nature, the department builds on core fields of psychology and education, health science, and social science, taking a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to these fields. By helping students to acquire a multifaceted understanding of the human condition and society, the program fosters individuals who possess the practical ability to nurture and support others while offering solutions to society.

The curriculum places emphasis on learning the satisfaction of autonomously pursuing knowledge, with an organization that lets students choose from among three courses that interweave an understanding of lifespan development with sensitivity to human welfare, to engage in systematic study in line with their personal interests and inclinations. Students can also take classes outside of their own course, in the pursuit of their individualized research themes and career goals. Through this highly flexible learning system, students are able to deepen wide-ranging, integrated investigations into the human mind, body, and society. From an educational principle of emphasizing practical application, the curriculum also actively incorporates experimentation, hands-on training, and fieldwork that cultivate in students the judgment and execution ability to respond effectively to real social problems.

Psychology Course

Through education centered on experimental psychology and clinical psychology, this course promotes both mental and physical self-understanding throughout lifelong development, and links this to the understanding of others and the enhancement of interpersonal skills. The curriculum also incorporates experiments and practice-oriented classes, with an emphasis on applied fields such as the psychology of crime victims, accident and disaster victims, the elderly, and the disabled.

Sports and Health Course

This course provides comprehensive instruction on health maintenance and management from the perspective of sports and health science, based on the concepts of health improvement and lifelong physical development. It aims to develop an appreciation of the social structures in which sports are pursued, and to foster superior physical and mental abilities through sports.

Human Society Course

This course focuses on human beings as social entities and investigates theories related to our increasingly diverse human society. Emphasis is placed on demonstrative learning by means of practical training in investigative work, with the aim of fostering individuals who have the practical ability and planning capacity to autonomously define problems and proactively propose solutions to society.

Depending on the course, students of the Faculty of Human Sciences can obtain licensing as educators in the fields of health and physical education, social studies, geography and history, or civics. They can also apply for certification as accredited psychologists, JATI-accredited training instructors, or social researchers.