Academic Programs

Department of Social Work and Life Design

The Department of Human Life Environments provides a broad range of knowledge that enables students to learn about areas that shape people’s lives. Academic fields comprise clothing, food science, housing, family, life management, economy, life wellness and mental health welfare. Students will be nurtured into talented individuals who have advanced expertise based on extensive knowledge and are able to pioneer new potential through free and flexible conception. Interdisciplinary study and research help students challenge and solve complex issues in the modern world.
For example:
・Research on share houses based on a combined study of “how to dwell” and “family shape”
・Research on creating connections among people through eating, such as eating facilities for children and
 loca esidents based on a combined study of “family relations”, “eating habits” and “local communities”
In the first year, students will acquire a wide range of basic knowledge of specialized areas through lectures and exercises. From the second year, student choose courses and delve more deeply into specialized areas. Three courses are offered, the Life Science Course, Life Planning Course and Life Support Course.

Three Courses of Study

Life Science Course

Students aim at becoming specialists who pursue to promote greater quality of life.
Acquisition of a license as a teacher of home economics (junior high and high schools) and qualification for the Second-Class Architect and Wooden Construction Architect examination are sought, among other qualifications, while product development is conducted in an industry-government-academia partnership. After learning about clothing, food science and housing, students will acquire the power of ideas and the power of execution to create comfortable lives.

Life Planning Course

Students aim at becoming life advisors who can help people plan their lives according to their individual lifestyles. In addition to learning about clothing, food science, housing, family, life wellness and mental health welfare, knowledge regarding life management and economics necessary for life planning will be acquired. Students will gain an understanding of ways to live fulfilling lives as independent citizens and capabilities to provide advice on various people’s lives.

Life Support Course

Students aim at acquiring the qualification for Mental Health Social Worker examination and becoming specialists who support people’s lives. Students will study to understand about clothing, food science, housing, family and life wellness, acquire qualification for Mental Health Social Worker examination and obtain positions as highly professional welfare officers who can support females and families, among other people.

Learning Independently through Activities Conducted through an Industry-Government-Academia Partnership

Students can gain valuable experience and get to know different cultures through overseas study in Europe (France or Italy), the countries with rich cultures, or in Denmark, the country with its advanced welfare system. By visiting farms in Europe, students learn how the food supply situation in that country differs from that in Japan. They also study food production and distribution sites, along with the food culture in Europe. In Denmark, students learn about the country with the advanced social welfare system, while deepening their insights into the social services by visiting several welfare facilities and educational institutions.

Equipped with Labs for Practical Learning

Interior Design Lab

The Interior Design Lab furnished with world-renowned designer’s chairs is used for classes on living environment design. There is a drawing room adjacent to the lab for learning about technical drawing.

Fashion Design Lab

In addition to learn drawing for fashion design, students learn a broad range of fashion-related topics including the use of color, coordinating accessories, the history of fashion and business.

Social Work Lab

The Lab is equipped with all of the aspects of a welfare facility, such as nursing care beds, baths, toilets, slopes, wheelchairs to enable students to learn how to provide or to receive the nursing care support, enabling them to immediately play a part in the workforce.

Elective Qualification / Certificate Programs

  • First Class Certificate for Lower Secondary School and Upper Secondary School Teacher (Home Economics)
  • Qualification for Second-Class Architect and Wooden Construction Architect Examination
  • Qualification for Food Specialist Examination
  • Qualification for Mental Health Social Worker Examination
  • Qualification for Social Welfare Officer Examination
  • Qualification for Child Welfare Officer (one-year work experience required)
  • Qualification for Child Guidance Worker
  • Librarian Certificate
  • Teacher Librarian Certificate
  • Data Processing Specialist Certificate
  • Qualification for Japanese Language Teacher