Educational and research content
The human sciences program has made the educational and research preparations based on the pursuit of comprehensive interdisciplinary expertise related the human sciences.
In particular, this program uses the academic systems of conventional psychology, sociology, and pedagogy as the basis for its integrated perspective. It adopts this perspective in an attempt to have the students gain a high degree of specialization and acquire extensive knowledge related to human nature, the health of human beings (ranging from children to the elderly), family relationships, community activities, and lifelong learning.
They continue with their research with the aim of improving and developing human lives based on this comprehensive standpoint of the human sciences. The research perspectives can be approximated by the following three points.
1)The perspective of human development as grasped from a chronological view of mental and physical health
2)The perspective that considers the way that the social system should be and the learning that is intended for the improvement and development of human lives
3)The perspective that investigates research methods to make progress on specialized research
The subject of the curriculum in this program is based on “advanced human sciences,” and it is “an investigation of humanity” from an integrated interdisciplinary perspective focused centrally on psychology, sociology, and pedagogy. Specific classes in the curriculum that are advanced courses in each field are as follows: advanced issues in the human sciences I (psychology), advanced issues in the human sciences II (pedagogy), advanced issues in the human sciences III (sociology), and advanced issues in the human sciences IV (welfare science).
The psychology subjects are advanced health education/seminar, advanced business psychology/seminar, advanced experimental psychology, advanced stress management, and advanced social psychology.
The pedagogy subjects are advanced lifelong education, advanced children’s culture, advanced NPO activities, and advanced sports wellness.
The sociology subjects (including social welfare) are advanced health support for the elderly, advanced international welfare, advanced child welfare, advanced modern culture/seminar, and cultural anthropology seminar.
The individual topics thoroughly discussed in the master’s thesis can be seen as practical research for the fields of psychology, sociology, and pedagogy.
Graduation conditions and methods for taking classes
The conditions for graduation are as follows: the student must be enrolled in the graduate school for two or more years, acquire 30 or more credits including 4 compulsory and 2 elective credits, and pass the final examination and review of their master’s thesis upon receiving the necessary research guidance.
The student chooses class subjects under the guidance of their advising teacher, and he/she accrues a certain number of credits for these classes. Based on his/her own research plans, the student receives guidance from the advising teacher who is in a field related to his/her research. Moreover, the research guidance is related to the content of the student’s research, and it is given individually or in a seminar format at a time specified in advance by the advising teacher.
Individuals who have completed the human sciences master’s graduate program at this university are awarded master’s degrees (in the human sciences).