Academic Programs

Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology explores human behavior through scientific methods of observation, surveys, experiments, and tests. There are two major courses in the Department of Psychology: Psychological Counseling Course, and Social and Business Psychology Course. Beginning with introductory-level courses to help students acquire basic knowledge of psychology in each field, the program develops applied psychological skills and knowledge for students to meet the Certified Psychologist requirements of the Japanese Psychological Association, as well as to meet the national qualification of psychologist.

Two Major Courses of Study

Psychological Counseling Course

Psychological Counseling Course offers a variety of programs that focus primarily on understanding the basics of clinical psychology as well as the nature and causes of various psychological problems of individuals and families. Study includes in-depth exploration of theoretical approaches to psychological disorders and overviews of psychological assessment and treatment. Students gain a deep understanding of psychology, along with basic knowledge of assessment and treatment. This serves as a foundation for further study for those who wish to pursue careers as certified clinical psychologists or counselors. Students can also pursue the license to apply for Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW).

Social and Business Psychology Course

Social and Business Psychology Course brings a psychological perspective to the analysis of various issues in modern society, such as problems involving human relations and the attitudes of young people toward entering the workforce. While learning about the mechanisms behind behavior and thought, students foster an objective and logical mindset and acquire the methodological skills to put into practice what they have learned in the real world. Along with the practical expertise needed for data gathering and analysis, students develop effective presentation skills and capabilities in product and event planning. Students can also pursue the qualifications such as Certified Psychologist and the Certificate of Social Researcher.

Support for Learning and Career Advancement

Support Team “Cocoro” Offers Advice on Campus Life

Faculty members in the Department of Psychology have formed teams to provide help and advice at any time to second- and third-year transfer students, as well as to individuals who need support in their student lives or in their studies.

Involvement in the Community with a Volunteer Experience

For those wondering how they can make use of their studies in psychology, the university provides numerous opportunities for hands-on experiences in the community. These include volunteer activities such as exchange programs with local families and learning and play support for hospitalized children.

A Diverse Range of Hands-on Programs

Fieldwork in Psychological Counseling

Students taking this program will learn how psychological professionals work in medicine, in education, in welfare and in development support, through observation and experience. It provides the opportunities to contact with a diverse range of career models for psychological professionals.

Development and Support for Sick Children

Students taking this program will learn how children with illness and disabilities develop and how to support them, and conduct volunteer activities in the Pediatric Care Center of University Hospital, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine.

Fieldwork in Social and Business Psychology

Students taking this program will work with local enterprises such as famous confectionery manufacturers to experience surveys, data analysis and presentations. The students will conduct observation from both the consumer and the corporate sides in order to develop their capability for problem-solving.

Elective Qualification / Certificate Programs

  • Certified Psychologist
  • Certified Psychologist (Psychological Research)
  • Qualification for Psychiatric Social Worker Examination
  • Social Researcher
  • Data Processing Specialist
  • Librarian Certificate
  • Qualification for Child Guidance Worker