Faculties and Departments (as of 2018)

Kyoto Women’s University covers a wide range of fields, including the arts, sociology, education, life sciences, and law. While the areas of study differ greatly in subject matter, each provides students with the tools to think independently and to cooperate with others in the Buddhist spirit. The result is a generation of global citizens capable of identifying contemporary issues and taking on unforeseen challenges in an ethical and responsible manner.

Each Faculty/Department pursues a variety of fields appropriate for this age of globalization and information technology. This is accomplished by developing unique expertise and deepening exchanges with others. Choose the programs that are best suited for your learning and career goals.

Faculty of Letters

Department of Japanese Language and Literature

Through studies of Japanese language and literature, this department explores Japan’s rich culture, language, and people. It is most meaningful to pursue these subjects in Kyoto, the setting of numerous literary works since the Heian Period.
Since ancient times, Kyoto has been the setting of countless works of literature, as well as a city that has fostered a wealth of culture through its connections with foreign countries. Students deepen understanding through empirical and logical learning in the areas of Japanese language and literature, and international exchange.
Graduates will use the extensive knowledge they have acquired to make substantial contributions to fields such as education and the media.

Points of learning

Study independently in small group seminars from your 1st year, and learn methods of research in stages.
Small group seminars are held from your 1st year. Acquire literature reading comprehension and research methods in stages, through independent study such as investigations, inquiries, presentations, and discussions related to the subjects.

Study different fields of scholarship concurrently, and further investigate specialized research.
In 3rd year seminars, you will select 2 fields of study from each era and field. In 3rd and 4th year seminars, you will also learn about Japanese art history and history of etiquette and culture, along with special lectures on specialist areas of study.

Taking advantage of the location of Kyoto, you will study Japanese literature through in person experiences.
Study literature from the classical to contemporary periods while feeling the natural features of Kyoto, the stage for many of the works in this course. Extramural fieldwork such as investigating famous and historic spots, and watching classical theater, is also implemented.

Together with becoming acquainted with Japanese language and literature, you will acquire the ability to communicate in the world.
Together with acquiring specialist knowledge and cognitive abilities related to Japanese literature and language, you will also study linguistic, cultural and historical relations between Japan and other countries, cultivating the ability to communicate internationally.

Fields of Study

Japanese Linguistics
Through fieldwork, you will investigate changes in the formation and construction of Japanese, and come into contact with the living Japanese language, in order to communicate Japanese culture to the world.

Japanese Literature
Focusing on Japanese and classical Chinese literature from ancient times to the modern day, you will study the times, culture, ideas and so on that formed the background for authors and works. Deepen your understanding of people.

Specialized Fields of Literature Study

Classical Literature (Ancient / Heian Era / Middle Ages / Early Modern)
Focuses on literature up to the Edo period. Comparative study of various works of literature in each period, such as poetry, classical theater and stories, to cultivate reading comprehension.
Modern Literature
Studies focused on literature from the Meiji period to the Taisho and Showa eras. Investigate authors' ideas through the social background of the times works were created and the relationship with sources.
Classical Chinese Literature
Study Japanese and Chinese works written in classical Chinese. Together with studying the basics of classical Chinese, you will also carry out comparative research of literature written in kana and in classical Chinese.

Department of English Literature

This department explores, in particular, British and American literature, the English language, and multicultural understanding. We aim to cultivate internationally-minded persons with a deep understanding of English-speaking cultures who also possess cross-cultural communication skills.
Kyoto culture has developed over a long history of exchange with foreign countries. This makes it an ideal location for students to use their English skills to deepen their understanding of culture and literature in the English-speaking world through empirical and logical learning.
Graduates will use the extensive knowledge they have acquired to make substantial contributions to fields such as English education, translation and interpretation, international aid, and airline industry and tourism.

Points of learning

We aim to inculcate communication and the four skills to learning a language.
You will practice the four skills of English learning—listening, speaking, reading and writing —in small groups. In addition, our lessons are delivered in English and doing this boosts your communication skills through listening.

We facilitate the constructive learning first-year university students through small-group seminars.
Seminar-style education will evolve the way you learn as we cover on movies and theatrical plays encompassed in the themes of British and American literature, the linguistics of English, and communication skills. You will develop a deep educational foundation and a broad perspective from an early stage,

whilst getting a step closer towards the future career of your dreams through our practical courses.
Airline English and Tourism Studies is a course oriented towards the airline and tourism industries, while the Conference Interpretation Practicum is focused on imparting the basics of interpretation. You will gain useful and practical knowledge specific to your dream industry.

You will be able to choose a final-year research theme that suits you.
From your third year, deepen your understanding of the various research themes through seminars.  You will choose from writing a thesis, making a presentation or staging a production like a theatrical play as your final year project.

Fields of Study

You will be engaged in the study of communication, linguistics, and culture.

Communication in English
We offer courses to improve your grasp of the 4 aspects of the English language. In addition, your expressive ability will be nurtured through engagement in theatrical studies, composition writing, and debates etc.

English Studies and English Education
Explore the English language from various aspects such as the origins of sound and meaning, speaking and writing and the like. We will also impart the knowledge and skills important to teaching the English language.

British and American Literature and Culture
Develop your comprehension skills and creative writing as we familiarize you with the original texts, films, and plays of English and American literature. Along the way, learn about the culture of Japan and that of Kyoto in particular.

We offer five different curriculum structures as follows:

To those aiming to work at international corporations;
consider the Business Communication and Debate and Discussion courses etc.

For those who have an eye on the airline and tourism industry;
consider the Airline English, Tourism Studies, and Travel and Tourism Management courses etc.

To those aspiring towards teaching English;
check out the Teaching English to Children and Research on English Education courses etc.

For those who want to study abroad and become an interpreter;
consider the Study Abroad, Translation Practicum, Conference Interpretation Practicum courses etc.

To those aiming towards postgraduate studies;
consider the British and American Literature and Cultural Studies, Linguistics and Gender Studies etc.

Department of History

We offer comparative studies of Japanese history, Asian history, and European and American history. Through compilation, investigation, and the analysis of historical materials, students establish their own perspectives of history, for present and future use.
Students deepen their understanding of the history of governments, economies, society, and culture throughout the world in a multifaceted, empirical, and logical way.
Graduates will use the extensive knowledge they have acquired to make substantial contributions to fields such as education, culture, and government.

Points of learning

To obtain a broader perspective through history and cultivate the strength to move forward towards the future.
History is a discipline where one reads and analyzes historical documents and texts from their own unique perspective. To that same degree, based on our interpretations, we create both a new view of history, and in turn foster a new vision for the future.  

After learning Japanese and Western history, students can choose the courses they want to study. 
From their first year, students study both Japanese and world history in tandem. In their second year, students choose courses in Japanese, Asian and Western history, but it is also possible to take other courses.

Students visit historical sites in Kyoto and do practical field work. 
Utilizing the presence of Kyoto and other historical cities, students also do fieldwork outside of school. These courses give students the opportunity to actually experience the historical sites, materials, and heritage that exist in Kyoto.

We have many reading courses aimed at strengthening students' ability to read and interpret historical documents.
From their second year on, in order to support their respective research goals, students take classes in English, Chinese, Latin, and in reading ancient documents. Classes aimed at raising student reading ability are provided.

Fields of Study

Japanese History
Students learn the history of each respective time period, including ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary history. They also have the chance to experience Kyoto's important historical sites as well as it's historical heritage.
Asian History
From China and Southeast Asia all the way to West Asia, this area focuses on an expansive geographical region with an extensive history. Students learn about the development and exchanges between nations and groups of people.
Western History
As they consider the relationship between citizens and nations, students learn about the history of various regions, primarily in Europe.  They can also take on the challenge of reading texts as they written in European languages, in their original and unabridged forms. 

Faculty of Human Development and Education

Department of Education (Education Course)

This course offers comprehensive learning in education and character building through theory and practice. With its highly flexible curriculum, the department trains graduates capable of fulfilling active roles in various phases of education, from primary through to adult education. Students acquire the knowledge and skills in the field of education as they carry out theoretical and practical study of how people grow to become who they are, in the process gaining both deep insights and a wide range of perspectives on humans.
Graduates will use the extensive knowledge they have acquired to make substantial contributions at kindergartens and elementary schools, as well as in the area of continuing education in communities and at education-related private companies.

Points of learning

To help students develop their specializations, and to support them in acquiring multiple forms of certification.
To train students in multiple specializations and encourage them to obtain multiple certifications, in elementary schools and nursery schools as well as in the ever increasing number of special education classes.

To cultivate educators with a deep understanding of the psychological principles behind education and a heart sensitive to the welfare of others.
To foster educators in our nursing and welfare majors in the psychological principles of education, so that they can combine scientific thinking with a warm humanity and eye towards the welfare of others.

To utilize the university's affiliated school to provide educators with practical, in class training experience.
To help educators to master classroom teaching and providing them with a balance of theoretical and practical education through flexible training in the university's affiliated school, which extends from nursery to high school.

To help students master their own learning with detailed and specialized guidance in small seminars from their freshman year onward.
To offer small seminar courses to all students from the point they begin their education. To help students master working together with their peers in seminars while also developing self-sufficiency in their learning goals. Further, to help educators reach their own goals through individualized guidance provided by faculty.

Fields of Study

We have prepared a curriculum that allows students to systematically understand both theory and practice.

Education
Through coursework and empirical research that analyzes the social contexts of education, students think systematically and in a multifaceted away about human growth, development and education.

Subject Training/Class Management
Through teaching practice, volunteer activities, mock classrooms, and preparing learning materials, students learn the methods and practices of classroom management and individual subject teaching.

Diverse Educational Practices
Students learn about the diverse educational practices being developed by local governments, regional communities and education related companies, as well as develop their critical thinking and an informed point of view. 

Department of Education (Psychology Course)

This course trains students to be psychology experts specialized in educational issues. Guided by their future career goals, students focus on six areas of study: clinical psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, educational psychology, social psychology, and neuropsychology. Through their studies, students gain a deeper understanding of humans that serves to broaden their perspectives and enrich their lives.
This course aims to foster human resources who are capable of working in a global environment and who can act with a sense of morality and responsibility, even in the face of unexpected challenges.
After leaving the university, students are expected to take what they have learned here and put it into practice in their workplaces, whether they become company employees, civil servants, or clinical psychologists. This course also provides a solid grounding for those intending to proceed to graduate school.

Points of learning

Extensive study of psychology with the possibility of acquiring qualifications for candidacy for the licensed psychologist exam.
Various fields of psychology will be covered, from fundamental theory to more practical subjects. By taking the prescribed classes you can acquire qualifications for candidacy to sit the public exam for licensed psychologists.

Cultivate the ability to form an opinion through analysis of investigative and practical data.
Learning from conducting experiments and investigations into mind and behavior, analyzing the results and collecting our thoughts.  Develop problem solving ability through this experience.

Develop wide horizons and specialist knowledge in small class seminars from the first year.
Hold small class seminars from the first year. In addition to psychological examination and literature comprehension, presentations and discussions will also be conducted to deepen our studies of the mind and develop communication ability.

Fields of Study

Study the science of the mind and refine our intelligence and sensitivity.

Cognition Behavior
Deepen our understanding of humans though experiments and scientific research concerning the mechanisms of the function of intelligent minds and behavior.

Health Medical care
Deepen specialist knowledge about psychology and psychological support in health and treatment facilities.

Support for children
Study both the practical and theoretical aspects of development assistance and psychological support activities in education and welfare facilities.

Interpersonal communication
Study interpersonal relationships and communication scientifically, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to live a happy life.
A terrace area that can be used for various purposes.

Music Education

The aim of this course is to provide a foundation in wide-range perspectives of music alongside the technical skills required to be a competent musician or educator. We develop musical skills in vocal and instrumental performance, analysis, and composition. We foster a critical understanding of various aspects of current musical culture in Japan by exploring the key debates as well as developing the skills of discussion and essay writing. We encourage an ability in students to consider “musics” from international perspectives, both in the domain of theory and practice. This course offers the experience of practicing several genres of Japanese traditional music: gagaku, no-gaku, kabuki (nagauta), and sokyoku. We also provide special programs for them, inviting top level performers to Kyoto. Buddhism, the founding spirit of the University, will help students gain a deep understanding of Japanese culture and music.
Graduates will have acquired the skills and gain a deep understanding applicable to various domains of education. They will also have developed their abilities to engage with a range of social activities with music, contributing to cultural exchanges.

Points of learning

To develop music on the basis of theory and practical training.
Alongside western music, students gain familiarity with Japanese music and the music of various ethnic groups. Through the acquisition of foundational and mechanical knowledge, they broaden their understanding of music and develop their own expressive ability.

Students develop the fundamental skills of being a music instructor.
They aim towards being able to acquire music teacher licenses at middle and high schools. Students learn the teaching methods for specialized fields including piano, vocal music, chorus and ensemble, and refine their abilities as teachers and instructors.

Students learn in a musical environment blessed with numerous practice rooms.
In addition to more than 70 practice rooms, there is also a performance hall and a music classroom. Students can perform with both orchestral instruments and traditional Japanese ones.

Seminars and practical skills training classes are held in small classrooms and provide in depth guidance and training.
From the time they enter a small classroom seminar in their first year, students gain thorough and meticulous instruction in piano and vocal music.  In this way, students learn to develop their own self reliance and creativity from what they learn in their seminar.

Fields of Study

Musical Performance (Vocal Music/Piano)
Students deepen their understanding of different composers and their works, as well as master the expressive power of the piano and voice.
Musical Education/Musicology
Students learn about music from a wide perspective, studying musical education, musical history and music psychology, and gain the ability to act as leaders for a wide range of musical activities.
Composition
Students learn about the necessary foundations of composition, including musical theory, laws of harmony, counterpoints and musical analysis, and work to seek out their own strengths and expressiveness in their compositions.

Department of Child Studies

Students comprehensively study the mental and physical development of infants, and the process of personality development. Students in this department study how social and cultural environments shape the mental and physical development of children. Given the wide diversity in personal values evident in modern society, we need to take a comprehensive approach to addressing issues related to child rearing.
After leaving the university, students are expected to take what they have learned here and put it into practice in their future professions, for example as kindergarten and day-care teachers or as workers in private and community programs related to child-raising and child welfare.

Points of learning

Learn broadly the four domains to understanding children and specialize in one chosen discipline.
Study extensively the four domains of Pedology, development, health, culture, and expression activities. After understanding "what makes a child", students will move on to specialized studies in their chosen domain. In addition, third-year students will be attached to seminars that can enhance the students' capabilities in their specialized field.

Plenty of opportunities to participate in childcare scenes and parenting support activities!
Students may get the chance to work in childcare or parenting support scenes. Examples are playing music in a "musical band", performing a puppet show with the puppet theater company "Dandelion", or participating in the "Children Forum" held at the Wisteria Flower Festival (our own college festival). Through these activities, students can train their practical skills.

Cultivate practical skills through internships in nursery schools, kindergartens, and child welfare facilities.
Through education or childcare internships, students gain knowledge and understanding of what to do through teachings with prior guidance. Afterward, students may reflect on their practical training and translate the learning outcomes into practical skills.

Learn theory and practice in small seminar groups right from the first year.
Students are meticulously taught over four years with this system of small group teaching. Students learn things like fundamental knowledge and literature research methods pertaining to the four areas and direct their graduation work in their own topics of interest.

Fields of Study

Acquire comprehensive knowledge desired by childcare workers and educators.

Child Studies in Expression
Explore the concept of a child's development and support through music, art, and physical expression.
 Cultivate planning and practical skills through expressive activities in nurseries and kindergartens.

Child Studies in Development
Study the process and mechanism of child development, environment supporting development, developmental imbalance and mental problems. Acquire the theory and skills of counseling and nurture the capability of development support.

Child Studies in Culture
Learn about activities related to a child's life and culture such as children's literature, picture books, toys, puppet show, picture-story show, animation, and comic books, as well as learn childcare and education via theory and practice.

Child Studies in Health
Learn about children's health and exercise, illness and nursing, and their diets based on theories of growth and development, fostering knowledge as an expert in parenting and childcare.

Faculty of Home Economics

Department of Food and Nutrition

In this department, students acquire the specialized knowledge and techniques needed to become food and health specialists through practice and extensive experiments. During their third year, students choose one of three courses of study: clinical nutrition, health education, and research and development.
With the advancement of scientific technology, we are surrounded by ever more prepared food, genetically altered produce, and chemically treated produce. At the same time, lifestyle-related diseases, food allergies, and unhealthy dieting habits are becoming increasingly serious social problems. In this department, students look at the significance of dietary education as it relates to maintaining and improving health and preventing and curing disease. By acquiring specialized knowledge about food and health, students aim to obtain qualifications as registered dietitians.
This course aims to foster human resources who are capable of working in a global environment and who can act with a sense of morality and responsibility, even in the face of unexpected challenges.
After leaving the university, students are expected to take what they have learned here and put it into practice in their future professions in areas such as hospitals, welfare facilities, nursery schools, food service operators, and schools. The department also provides a solid grounding for those who intend to proceed to graduate school.

Points of learning

Understand food, nutrition, and health in a comprehensive way, and work towards becoming a specialist.
Deepen your specialist study of food, nutrition, and health while working towards becoming certified as a registered dietitian.  Alumni are active in a diverse range of fields, from nutrition coaching at hospitals to food product development at corporations.

It is possible to earn the following certifications: nutritionist, certified dietitian, teaching credentials, food hygiene supervisor.
It is possible to acquire the qualifications of candidacy for an examination​ for licensed nutritionist and registered dietitian.  We are very proud of the high pass rates we achieve every year in the national registered dietitian exam.  Additionally, it is also possible to pursue teaching nutrition or home economics.

There are many practicals ways to learn, including experiments, food preparation training, nutritional coaching, and menu development.
Through performing numerous experiments, you will learn how to conduct experiments and the principles behind the rules of conduct.  Additionally, through programs such as clinical nutrition training, you will acquire theoretical knowledge via practical training, which you will be able to link with practical clinical training that happens outside of school.  

Three courses of study that you can choose according to your desired path.
Third-year students are divided into the following areas of study: clinical nutrition, research and development, health education.  Rather than focusing on employment as the goal, you will be taught the knowledge and attributes necessary to serve as a leader in each field.

Fields of Study

Third-year students are divided into one of three sequences of study according to their desired path.

The Flow and Sequence of Study

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Foundations
Society Environment and
Health
The Structure of
the Human Body and the
Origins of Functional Disease
Food and Health
Specialty
Fundamental and
Practical Nutrition
Clinical Nutrition Food
Service Management
Nutrition Education Public Nutrition Comprehensive Seminar
/Clinical Field Training
Clinical Nutrition
Sequence
Research and
Development Sequence
Clinical Nutrition
Sequence
For those who aim to become
registered dietitians who do
nutritional coaching at
hospitals, medical facilities,
and nursing homes.

[Practical Training Outside
of School]

● Practical training in food
service management (in
offices, nursing homes, etc.) ... One week
● Field training in order
to learn clinical nutrition
(hospitals) ... Three weeks
Students gain specialist
knowledge in development,
research, and quality control
used at food and
pharmaceutical companies.

[Practical Training Outside
of School]

● Practical training in food
service management (offices) ... One week
● Clinical field training to
learn clinical nutrition studies
and principles of food service
management (hospitals)  ...
Two weeks

● Clinical field training to
learn public nutrition (health
care centers) ... One week
Designed for students who
seek to work as nutrition
teachers or sports
nutritionists at schools and
educational institutions.

[Practical Training Outside
of School]

● Practical training in food
service management
(elementary schools, offices,
etc) ... One week
● Clinical field training to
learn clinical nutrition and
principles of food service
management (hospitals) ...
Two weeks
+
● Clinical field training to
learn public nutrition (health
care centers) ... One week
It is terrace space that can be
used for various situations.

Department of Apparel and Space Design

This department explores various aspects that make the human living environment comfortable. Students learn how communication design, apparel, interior design, and architecture contribute to the creation of a rich lifestyle. These subjects are studied from the “Monozukuri(creating things)” perspective, otherwise known as the spirit of craftsmanship.
Students in this department study crafts and design, apparel design, and space design with the objective of learning how to create comfortable living environments that preserve harmony with nature. From a scientific perspective, students take an empirical and logical approach to the creation of comfortable living environments.
After graduation, students are expected to take what they have learned here and put it into practice in their future professions working in the fields such as apparel, textiles, architecture, interior design, and so on.

Points of learning

Learn cross-disciplinarily: modeling design, apparel modeling, space modeling.
Study designs from 3 different fields that make the living environment comfortable. Allow both cross-disciplinary learning in 3 different fields and studying of 1 field.

Developing learning and design activities with the theme of "Kyoto."
Taking into consideration the buildings of high historical and cultural value, arts and crafts, kimono culture, etc. we will encourage the  experience of  through learning in Kyoto and will also organize design activities in the city.

You can also acquire licenses and qualifications for professions such as teachers, curators, architects, clothing administrators.
In addition to acquiring qualifications such as certificates of in-home teachers and tutors for junior and senior high schools, certificate of Class 1 clothing manager, etc. you can also obtain qualifications for architect of classes 1 and 2, and interior planner.

Make good use of venues for practical design activities connected with the society.
Establish a "Life Design Institute" within the university and organize design activities in collaboration with local governments and companies. Present the creation or research results to the public and cultivate practical skills.

Fields of Study

Choose freely from 3 areas and customize your learning.

Modeling Design
Learn the basic knowledge and history of art, crafts and design, cultivate the theoretical thinking and expressing power.

Apparel Modeling
Study apparel from multiple angles including materials, functions, designs, and history. Learn knowledge and skills related to development, planning, and sales through experiments and practical training.

Spatial Modeling
Learn the knowledge of architecture, renovation, and interior. Renovation-related courses and construction-related courses can be combined freely. 

Department of Living and Welfare

This Department focuses on nursing care and welfare from the viewpoint of ordinary citizens, with the aim of helping to enrich society. Classes focus on teaching specialized knowledge and skills and are offered in the following four areas: lifestyle, nursing care, healthcare, and social welfare.
In this department, students learn how to provide care and assistance where it is needed, so that all members of society can live fulfilling lives.
This course aims to foster human resources who are capable of working in a global environment and who can act with a sense of morality and responsibility, even in the face of unexpected challenges.
After graduating from the university, students are expected to take what they have learned here and put it into practice in their future professions working in fields such as welfare and education.

Points of learning

It is filled with learning for welfare and nursing in places of education.
It sets subjects necessary for acquiring a school nurse license. Furthermore, it arranges subjects related to welfare in places of education, and one can also aim to be a school social worker that can deal with "Team Schools."

It trains people who can display immediate effectiveness on the scene and take leadership.
It nurtures people who can take action with the viewpoint of welfare, so that every person, such as children, the elderly and people with disabilities can live comfortably. It also develops groundwork for being a leader.

As a base upon playing an active part in various fields, it aims for acquiring a social worker qualification.
It aims for acquiring a social worker qualification as a qualification for playing an active part in schools or hospitals, various types of welfare facilities, etc. as a social worker, and also as a base for approaching various problems that society holds from the viewpoint of welfare.

The pass rate of the national examination for social workers marks a high standard every year.
By completing the set subjects, one can acquire the qualification for taking the national examination for social workers at the time of graduation. The pass rate for social workers greatly exceeds the national average every year.

Fields of Study

Nursing
As well as aiming for acquiring a first class school nurse license, it also works together with schools and regional organizations to nurture the ability to watch over the growth of children and to learn practical skills.

School Welfare
With acquiring a social worker qualification as a premise, one will study both education and welfare fields and acquire the groundwork and practical skills as a school social worker.

Social Welfare
It aims for acquiring the qualification for taking the social worker national examination, and one will acquire skills ranging from theory to techniques of law and aid through training and actual practice.

Faculty of Contemporary Society

Department of Contemporary Society

This department offers a multidisciplinary platform, focusing on the various challenges faced by contemporary society. The coursework is designed for candidates who are interested in gaining a broader understanding of the causes and implications of societal problems, and who are willing to seek solutions based on our interdisciplinary approaches.
Upon enrollment, students are to choose their focus from three pillars of disciplines: Contemporary Society Course, Global Studies Course and Information System Course. These courses enable diversified inquiries on humanities, environmental studies, psychology, cultural and family studies, sociology, politics, public policy, economics and business management, information engineering and international relations.
Our students graduate with theoretical and practical knowledge that is imperative to understanding social issues. They also learn to provide viable recommendations through engaging, face-to-face learning. We effectively focus on students to learn from real world examples, working closely with professionals in the private, public and non-government institutions to gain competency at leadership levels.

Points of learning

Establishing fundamental skills
We thoroughly develop our students' linguistic ability, as well as ICT skills for handling computers and networks, in addition to skills necessary for analyzing data in studies.

Seminars where everybody knows your name
One of the foundations of the program are seminars that you will participate in with the same small group of your peers from your first year to your fourth.  In these you will train in how to identify issues in modern society, collect information, perform presentations, communicate with others, and create reports.

Cluster Pairs
Starting in your second year, you will select two of our seven specialization clusters, one as your Main Cluster and the other as your Sub-Cluster. This allows every student to delve deep into their own personal interests.

4 Development Programs for aiming higher
Those who want to take their skills even further can challenge themselves with our four Development Programs in International Understanding, Information, Sociological Reports, and Business.

University learning isn't just on campus
We provide support for students to take on learning activities outside of campus, including training or study abroad, internships with business, and fieldwork.

The 3 Majors

Major in Modern Sociology
Based in the ideals of liberal arts, students in this major will learn to understand society in a multifaceted way.  Through this degree we endeavor to cultivate young women who will become leaders in modern society.
The Major in International Society
This major seeks to instill students with a global outlook, an understanding of the problems facing international society and the current state of world affairs in various regions, and a desire to tackle the the worlds many issues.
The Major in Information Systems
In this major you will acquire a variety of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) knowledge and skills, including programming, network technology, database design, information security.  This major is for those who want to truly flourish in today's ICT society.

Faculty of Law

Department of Law

Today, a wide variety of laws are in force in our societies. This is why women with legal problem-solving skills are likely to be required regardless of their profession and areas of activities.
As the first and only faculty of law established by a women’s university in Japan, we provide a unique curriculum. We focus on the gender perspective to provide students with legal problem-solving skills tailored to meet their daily needs, while simultaneously providing a better understanding of law and humanities.
Students in this department learn to discover and solve various legal issues in today's highly complex societies. In the process they cultivate the knowledge and skills needed to act from a legal perspective, and to contribute to the welfare of citizens. Our aim is the development of citizens who are capable of discovering problems on and by their own and taking on unexpected challenges with ethics and responsibilities in today’s globalized world. Students will utilize their extensive knowledge for making substantial contributions to various legal issues after their graduation.

Points of learning

We foster legally oriented minds with the strength to excel in the future.
To cultivate women with the ability to approach and solve legal issues, we offer courses on the fundamental administrative laws of Japan.

Our newly established Practical Law Curriculum develops skills for handling real world legal issues.
We are offering a number of new courses through our Practical Law curriculum. In the standard classes, students aim to acquire a diverse set of qualifications as well as pass civil service examinations.

In our smaller seminars, students will develop their own unique path and skills.
From the first year to the fourth, our faculty meticulously guides students, deepening their specializations as well as building their communication skills through discussions and presentations.

This all culminates in a fourth year capstone research project to further refine students' practical abilities.  
For the sake of a deep fourth year education, the capstone research project is required.  The project is a great avenue for increasing one's ability to thrive in society.

Fields of Study

A special feature of our curriculum is its focus on law pertaining to women's issues.

You will be able to learn a legal curriculum truly unique in its focus on problems important to young women.

The courses we offer explore legal approaches to social issues facing women, as well as material useful for their everyday life.
This is your opportunity to study law centered on women's experiences and perspectives.

Department and Course Descriptions