Faculties and Departments

Kyoto Women’s University covers a wide range of fields, including the arts, sociology, education, life sciences, and law. While the area of study differs greatly depending on the subject, each provides students with the tools to think independently and to cooperate with others in the Buddhist spirit. The goal is to cultivate global citizens capable of identifying contemporary issues and taking on unforeseen challenges ethically and responsibly.

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 Japanese rich culture, language, and people. It is very 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 their 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 studies such as investigations, inquiries, presentations, and discussions related to the subjects.

Study various fields of scholarship concurrently and investigate specialized researches further.
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 the 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.
Students study literature from the classical to contemporary periods in this course while feeling the natural features of Kyoto, the stage for many of the works. Extramural fieldwork such as investigating famous and historic spots, and watching classical theater, is also implemented.

While being acquainted with the Japanese language and literature, you will acquire global communication ability.
While 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, 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 different eras, cultures, ideas, and so on that formed the background of authors and works. Deepen your understanding of Japanese people and culture.

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, for cultivating 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. While studying the basics of classical Chinese, you will also carry out comparative research of literature written in kana and classical Chinese.

Department of English Studies

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 the airline industry and tourism.

Points of learning

We aim to inculcate communication and the four skills of learning a language.
You will practice the four skills of English learning—listening, speaking, reading, and writing —in small groups. The lessons are conducted in English so that they will enhance your communication skills in English while listening.

We facilitate constructive learning for first-year university students through small-group seminars.
Seminar-style education will evolve your learning methods by covering movies and theatrical plays which deal with 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 closer step by step 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 focuses on imparting the basics of interpretation. You will gain useful and practical knowledge specific to your desired industry.

You will choose the theme for your final-year research according to your interests.
From your third year, you will deepen your understanding of the various research themes through seminars. You can choose what you submit as your final year project from writing a thesis, giving a presentation, or performing work as a theatrical play.

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, wording and syntax, etc. We will also impart the knowledge and skills important to teach the English language.
British and American Literature and Culture
Develop your comprehension skills and creative writing as we familiarize you with English and American literature's original texts, films, and plays. Along the way, learn about the culture of Japan and that of Kyoto in particular.

We offer five different curriculum structures as follows:

For those who are aiming to work at international corporations;
(consider) the Business Communication and Debate and Discussion courses, etc.

For those who are aiming to work in the airline or tourism industry;
(consider) the Airline English, Tourism Studies, and Travel and Tourism Management courses, etc.

For those who are aspiring to teach English;
(consider) 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.

For those who are aiming for 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 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 the field to read and analyze historical documents and texts from our perspectives. At the same time, based on our interpretation, we create a new perspective on history and 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 concurrently. In their second year, students choose courses from Japanese, Asian or Western history, but it is also possible to take other courses.

Students visit historical sites in Kyoto and do practical fieldwork. 
Utilizing the location of Kyoto and other historical cities, students do fieldwork outside of the school. These courses allow students to experience the historical sites, materials, and heritage that exist in Kyoto.

We have many reading courses aiming to strengthen students' ability to read and interpret historical documents.
From their second year, to support their respective research goals, students take classes and read ancient documents written in English, Chinese, and Latin in there. Classes are provided which aim at raising students’ reading ability.

Fields of Study

Japanese History
Students learn the history of each respective period, including ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary history. They also have the chance to experience Kyoto's important historical sites as well as its historical heritage.
Asian History
From China and Southeast Asia to West Asia, this area is containing an expansive geographical region with an extensive history. Students learn about the development and exchanges between nations and groups of people.
Western History
While are considering 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 are 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 students to be 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 a theoretical and practical study of how people grow to become who they are, in the process of 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 while they acquire multiple forms of certification.
To train students in multiple specializations and encourage them to obtain multiple qualifications to teach at elementary schools or nursery schools as well as at the ever-increasing number of special support classes.

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

To utilize the university's affiliated schools to provide educators with practical in-class training experiences.
To help educators to master classroom teaching and to provide them with well-balanced theoretical and practical education through flexible training at the university's affiliated schools, which contains from nursery to high school.

To help students master their 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 aiming for 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.

Through coursework and empirical research that analyzes the social contexts of education, students think systematically and in a multifaceted way 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 which are developed by local governments, regional communities, and education-related companies, as well as cultivate their multifaceted perspective and comprehension.

Department of Education (Nursing Teacher and Welfare Education Course)

 While approaching various problems in the education field from the viewpoint of welfare, we aim to train students to be capable workers who can provide comprehensive support. 
In the two fields of "welfare education" and "social welfare", we issue teaching licenses for school nurses and other professions and provide various welfare-related national qualifications including welfare workers.
In addition, including school social workers who represent welfare professionals, we aim to cultivate specialists of the school education and welfare who can respond to the various issues in educational sites.

Points of learning

Emphasis on the teaching of welfare and nursing in educational sites.
We teach the subjects that are necessary to obtain the school nurse license. Furthermore, we offer the subjects related to welfare in the educational field and aim at training school social workers to be able to work at large diverse schools.

Training students to be capable teachers who are ready for work and can take on leadership roles. 
We educate students to be able to act from a welfare perspective, so that everyone, including children, elderly people, and people with disabilities, can live comfortably. In addition, we cultivate strong leadership traits.

Aiming for obtaining the certification of social workers which is the foundation of working in various fields.
We aim to train students to gain the qualifications for playing active roles as social workers in welfare facilities such as schools or hospitals, and which becomes their strong foundation and enables them to approach various social issues from the welfare perspective.

The High pass rate for the National Certification Exam for Social Workers.
By taking the designated courses, students will be eligible to take the National Certificate Examination for Social Workers upon graduation. Our pass rate of the exam reaches beyond the national average every year.

Fields of Study

Gaining specialized knowledge along with foundations of welfare and home economics.

Along with aiming to provide Type 1 school nurse licenses, we work together with schools and local organizations to train students’ ability to watch over children’s growth and acquire practical skills.

School welfare
Based on social worker qualification requirements, students study both the education and welfare fields and acquire the fundamental knowledge and practical skills as a school social worker.

Social welfare
Intending to qualify for the National Certificate Examination for Social Workers, students learn law and theory to acquire real skills, through engaging in study and hands-on training.

Department of Education (Music Education Course)

 This course aims to provide a foundation of 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 ability while exploring various aspects of current Japanese musical culture and developing their skills of discussion and essay writing. We encourage students to build the ability to consider “music” 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, nohgaku, kabuki (nagauta), and sokyoku. We also provide special programs for them, such as 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 acquire skills and gain a deep understanding applicable to various domains of education. They will also develop their abilities to engage themselves with a range of social activities related to music while contributing to cultural exchanges.

Points of learning

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

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

Students can learn music in an appropriate environment that has numerous practice rooms.
In addition to more than 70 practice rooms, there are 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 detailed 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 self-reliance and creativity from what they learn in their seminars.

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.
Students learn about the necessary foundations of composition, including musical theory, laws of harmony, counterpoints, and musical analysis, and work to seek out their 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 address 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, day-care teachers or as workers in private/community programs related to child-raising and child welfare.

Points of learning

Learn the four domains broadly to understand children and specialize in one chosen discipline.
Study extensively the four domains of Paedology, “development”, “health”, “culture”, and “expression” activities. After understanding “what is 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 fields.

Plenty of opportunities to participate in childcare scenes and parenting support activities are provided.
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 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 fundamental knowledge and literature research methods about the four areas and proceed with their graduation work on each theme of their interests.

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, the environment which supports children’s 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 children's life and cultures such as children's literature, picture books, toys, puppet shows, picture-story shows, 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, while fostering knowledge as an expert in parenting and childcare.

Department of Psychology

 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 broadens their perspectives and enriches 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, such as 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

Study extensively regarding psychology and you may get the qualification to take the examination to be a licensed psychologist.
Various fields of psychology will be covered, from fundamental theory to more practical subjects. By taking the prescribed classes, you can qualify to take the exam to be a licensed psychologist.

Cultivate the ability to have own opinion through analysis of investigative and practical data.
Students learn from the investigations about mind and behavior and conduct experiments, to analyze the results and summarize their thoughts. They develop problem-solving abilities through these experiences.

Develop wide horizons and specialist knowledge in small class seminars from the first year.
Take small class seminars from the first year. In addition to psychological examination and literature comprehension, presentations and discussions will also be conducted to deepen understanding regarding humans’ mental processes 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 through experiments and scientific researches concerning the intelligent mechanism between mind 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.

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 comprehensively and work towards becoming a specialist.
Deepen your specialist study of food, nutrition, and health while working towards becoming certified as a registered dietitian.  Graduates 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 qualifications to take the examinations for a licensed nutritionist or 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 practical 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, and you will be able to utilize it practically 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

<< Scroll >>
Society Environment and
Structure of
the Human Body and 
Origins of Functional Disease
Food and Health
Fundamental and
Practical Nutrition
Clinical Nutrition Food
Service Management
Nutrition Education Public Nutrition Comprehensive Seminar
/Clinical Field Training
Clinical Nutrition
Research and
Development Sequence
Health Education
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 (at
offices, nursing homes, etc.) ... One week
● Field training to learn clinical nutrition
(at 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 (at offices) ... One week
● Clinical field training to
learn clinical nutrition studies
and principles of food service
management (at hospitals)  ...
Two weeks

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

[Practical Training Outside
of School]

● Practical training in food
service management
(at elementary schools, offices,
etc) ... One week
● Clinical field training to
learn clinical nutrition and
principles of food service
management (at hospitals) ...
Two weeks
● Clinical field training to
learn public nutrition (at health
care centers) ... One week

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 to learn 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 while working in the fields such as apparel, textiles, architecture, interior design, and so on.

Points of learning

Learn broadly: modeling design, apparel modeling, space modeling.
Study designs from 3 different fields that make the living environment comfortable. 
You can learn 3 different fields broadly at the same time or, you can also choose to concentrate on mastering only one 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 utilize the unique experiences which we can experience because we stay in “Kyoto”, and we will work on the design activities on the theme of “Kyoto” as well.

You can also acquire licenses and qualifications for professions such as teachers, curators, architects, textiles advisors.
In addition to acquiring qualifications such as certificates of home economics teacher for junior and senior high schools, curator, or first class textiles advisor, etc., you can also obtain qualifications to take examinations for first and second class architect, and interior planner.

Make good use of venues for practical design activities connected with 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 theoretical thinking and expressing ability.

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. 

Faculty of Contemporary Society

Department of Contemporary Society

This department offers a multidisciplinary platform, focusing on the various challenges in 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 understand social issues. They also learn to provide viable recommendations through engaging, face-to-face learning. We enable students to effectively focus on learning from real-world examples while working closely with professionals, public and non-governmental institutions to gain leadership-level competency.

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 is seminars that you will participate in with the same small group of your peers from your first year to your fourth.  In these seminars, you will train yourself how to identify issues in modern society, collect information, perform presentations, communicate with others, and create reports.

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

4 Development Programs for aiming higher
Those who want to improve 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, business internships, and fieldwork.

The 3 Majors

The Major in Modern Sociology
Based on the ideals of liberal arts, students in this major will learn to understand the 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 world's many issues in students.
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, and 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 activity.
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 arranged 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. We aim to foster citizens who are capable to find problems by themselves and work on unexpected challenges with ethics and responsibility 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 nurture excellent human resources who have the spirit of the law and strong vigor.
To cultivate women with the ability to approach and solve legal issues, we offer courses according to the fundamental administrative laws of Japan.

Our newly established Practical Law Curriculum develops skills for handling real-world legal issues.
We are offering many new courses through our Practical Law curriculum. In standard classes, students aim to obtain various qualifications and pass the civil service examination.

In our smaller seminars, students will develop their unique paths 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.

The final research project as a compilation of four years’ studies develops students’ practical abilities further.
This final research project is essential for the deeper refinement of the final year.
This is an effective way of improving your ability to prosper in society.


Fields of Study

The feature of our curriculum is to focus on laws particularly related to women's issues.
You can take the unique legal curriculum that focuses on important issues for young women.
The courses we offer explore the legal approaches to the social issues facing women as well as matters useful for our everyday life.
This is an opportunity to study law from the perspective of women and women's experiences.

Faculty of Data Science

Department of Data Science

What is Data Science?

A discipline that utilizes and analyzes all kinds of data in society to create new value. New learning that integrates the humanities and sciences by combining business skills, data engineering skills (informatics), and data analysis skills (statistics).

Points of Learning

Acquire Data Science carefully
Systematic and careful study of statistics and informatics, which are the foundations of data science. To gain insight into social issues and apply data science to solve them, we are building a curriculum that cultivates a wide range of knowledge such as economics, business administration, and sociology, as well as sensitivity to discover issues and the ability to gather information. We will also prepare a support system for students who are not good at mathematics.

Acquire the ability to live in the real world in cooperation with the government and company
Develop PBL (problem-based learning) to create new value and solve social issues through cooperation with universities, in cooperation with governments, companies, etc. We will introduce a program to acquire practical skills based on real-world problems and data. For example, students receive data and issues provided by governments and companies, analyze them using the knowledge of data science possessed by the university, and make policy proposals for solving issues in various fields such as the environment, economy, culture, and regions. They will receive feedback on this, deepen their learning, and improve the accuracy of their policy proposals.

Acquire an education that can contribute to gender equality
Students learn data science, which enables proposals based on data, and aim to promote women's participation in decision-making. We will foster human resources who can promote innovation in the field of data science, where there are still few women, and contribute to the creation of new values as social leaders. In addition, we will develop human resources who can analyze contemporary issues from data and contribute not only to the active participation of women but also to the realization of a society that respects diversity.

Fields of learning

Curriculum that integrates the humanities and sciences by combining the three fields of “statistics,” “social science,” and “informatics,” leading to value creation

Ability to find value from data using analytical methods

  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Optimization Theory
  • Medical Statistics
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Cultural Metrology
  • Psychometrics

“Social Science”
Ability to discover social issues and use data science to solve them

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Business Administration
  • Econometrics
  • People and Organization Management
  • Data Science Social Implementation Theory
  • Innovation Theory
  • Behavioral Economics

Ability to collect, process, and organize data so that it can be implemented and operated in a meaningful way

  • Programming
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Simulation
  • Database
  • Bioinformatics
  • Image Processing
  • Software Design

Take advantage of a woman's perspective

  1. Ability to collect, process, and analyze data
  2. Basic knowledge in a wide range of fields
  3. Sensitivity to discover social issues
  • Human resources with the ability to respond to future data and AI society
  • Human resources who can flexibly utilize the knowledge and solve problems
  • Human resources who create new value with free ideas

Application areas

Examples of some activity fields where students can demonstrate their regular learning at this Faculty

  • High school teacher (mathematics, information)
  • Junior high school teacher (mathematics)

Due to the strengthening of information subjects, mathematics teachers who have studied statistics and informatics are required.


  • Net banking
  • Procedure automation
  • Forecast of investment information

There is a demand for human resources who can analyze vast amounts of data all over the world and understand finance.

Medicine, Welfare, Health

  • Data analysis in medicine and health economics
  • Prediction of the number of infected cases for future action

In medicine and drug development, it is significant to derive new evidence through the analysis of collected data.


  • New product development based on analysis of consumer needs and trends
  • Production forecast

People who can explore market needs and social conditions from accumulated data and analyze daily trends are in demand.

Communication and information services

  • Management of communication data
  • SNS user analysis
  • App development/update

To improve the safety and reliability of communication systems, it is necessary to have the ability to mine vast amounts of big data.


  • Analysis of opponents, wins and losses, strategy planning
  • Prediction of the number of visitors, sales analysis of goods, public relations planning

Human resources who can predict demand for events from past weather data and quantitatively evaluate advertisements that are beneficial to users are needed.


  • Sales data analysis/prediction of sales site
  • Marketing of new products, presentation of recommendations

It is required to optimize traffic routes based on data and to evaluate customer needs from past purchase history.

Message from the prospective dean

Dean : Koji Kurihara (Doctor of Science)
Director of Kyoto Women’s University Data Science Research Institute
Professor emeritus at Okayama University
Specialized area: Statistical Science, Computational Statistics, Spatiotemporal Statistics

A learning system that fosters flexible thinking while understanding mathematics without difficulty
The curriculum of the Faculty of Data Science consists of three major areas: "statistics," "social science," and "informatics." Based on practical literacy in statistics and informatics, this learning system allows students to cultivate free thinking while understanding the realities of society by honing their knowledge of economics, business administration, sociology, etc. Through that learning, we hope to develop human resources who can solve social issues and create new value from data science.
Rather than focusing on specialized fields such as robotics and AI, this faculty is deeply involved in statistics and informatics and emphasizes the foundation of mathematics that leads to every application. Even for students who are not good at mathematics, we provide generous support through pre-enrollment education and post-enrollment supplementary lessons.
This kind of “careful learning” environment strongly supports the acquisition of knowledge by students, regardless of whether they are in the humanities or the sciences.

Clarifying the purpose of learning and the future to aim for by experiencing social issues and places of activity
One of the characteristics of this faculty is that you can work on the current learning with motivation while realizing the connection with society. One of them is problem-based learning (PBL), which is a compulsory subject from the first to the fourth year. The experience of discovering familiar issues and finding solutions on your own is the foundation of your ability to create new value. It can be said that the significance of tackling this learning from an early stage is very fabulous.
Furthermore, in collaboration with local companies, administrative agencies, and data scientist associations, we invite data science professionals, including women, as guest speakers for lectures.
Envisioning their future self through role models who are active in society will considerably help students with their vision formation and grow their motivation.
As someone who has just been assigned to Kyoto Women's University, I see great potential in the academic culture of Kyoto Women's University, where many ambitious students gather. We will do our utmost to support the students who study at this faculty to grow into female pioneers in the Data Science field.

Support system

Systems and learning that support growth after admission

Don't worry if you're not good at math! Class organization by proficiency

A placement test on mathematics is conducted after admission. Classes are organized according to proficiency level and developed so that everyone can deepen their understanding.

Introductory subjects that broaden your interests while refining your basic knowledge

A wide range of academic fields such as Statistics, Informatics, Economics, Business Administration, and Sociology are set up as introductory subjects in the first year. While brushing up on a wide range of basic knowledge, students develop an eye for looking at various social issues. In addition, introductory seminars are provided to cultivate academic skills and communication skills so that students can smoothly begin their specialized and practical studies.

Individual support by advisors

For each student to grow toward their goals, individual guidance is provided by an advisor system from the first year. Full-time teachers carefully assess the progress and suitability of learning. In the 3rd and 4th years, the instructors in charge of seminars will think about a better career path together and encourage students to reflect on their learning by sharing a learning portfolio that utilizes IT.

Setting up a data science consultation room

Faculty members from the Faculty of Data Science are always on hand to answer questions and provide consultation regarding learning at the Faculty of Data Science. This is a counseling room where you can relieve anxiety after entering university.