Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology
Department of Education and Child Development

One of the features of the Department of Psychology is “psychology that values the relationship between people and society.” The Department helps students develop analytical and practical skills that are rooted in psychology, or in other words, a scientific understanding of the mind’s mechanisms and the ability to respond to any type of person or situation in a society that is becoming ever more complex. The Department expects students to have an interest in the scientific study of the mind, and who aim to contribute to society by applying the psychological knowledge and research methods learned during their studies.

Department of Psychology

Features of the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology, which operates within the Faculty of Psychology, provides students with the opportunity for more in-depth and broader learning about the subject. Under the guidance of fifteen full-time faculty members, students learn about a number of different fields of psychology, from basic psychology involving the mind through scientific methods, to clinical psychology, where it is learned how to provide assistance to individuals, as well as families, groups, and communities.

Four course models

Corporate/Business model
  • Students aim to find work at private enterprises
  • A high employment rate is achieved by developing communication skills and problem-solving skills

Public service/Teaching model

Students aim to find psychology-related work as national government employees (family court probation officers, etc.), local government employees (employees of child consultation centers or prefectural offices, police officers, etc.) or as junior or senior high school teachers.

Counselling model
  • Students aim to obtain psychological qualifications, for example as clinical psychologists
  • Many students have become school counsellors, psychologies at medical institutions, or educational consultants, or have found psychology-related work in child welfare facilities.

Researcher model
  • Students aim to become researchers or faculty members at universities or corporate/autonomous research laboratories, etc.
  • Many students progress to post-graduate study at Meiji Gakuin University or other universities.

Gain practical skills through comprehensive small group education

Students start with learning methods for psychology in “Foundation Seminar 1,” which begins immediately after admission. Subsequently, students study practical psychology over four years, through small group experimental workshop courses and seminars. Students develop communication and problem-solving skills through lively discussion between faculty members and students.

Gain a deeper understanding of psychology through experiments and workshops

In addition to our full range of lecture-based courses, the Department offers workshop courses in both basic psychology and clinical psychology, valuing the acquisition of practical knowledge and real-world skills through diverse practical training.

English education for the option of engaging in the study of psychology through foreign exchanges and international communication

Students come into contact with psychological literature in English, through subjects such as “English Readings in Psychology A and B,” in order to understand advanced foreign research trends. Furthermore, the Department provides support for students who actively wish to pursue study overseas and take part in exchanges.

Fully equipped experimental and observational facilities

The department offers a full range of experimental facilities and observational equipment to hone an even higher-level of specialized knowledge and skills. In addition, as statistical methods are increasingly valued by corporations, the Department has brought in computers that are capable of handling big data, which will aid students in conducting investigations and analyses.

Comprehensive career education opens up a variety of career choices

In their third year, students take “Psychology and Career,” which is taught by guest speakers that work in a range of different industries. Students learn the practical knowledge and skills that teach them how to apply psychology in their careers. Students also attend post-graduate study events held by the Shirokane Psychology Association, at which they listen to talks from current and past post-graduate students.

Flow of the 4-Year Program

First year: Building a foundation to learn about psychology

Students study subjects about the general outline of psychology, research methods, and statistics, etc., which builds a foundation for learning about psychology. Students also develop skills relating to logical thinking, writing, and discussion, which are essential at university, through small group seminars.

Second year: Learning about practical psychology through workshops and foundational seminars

Students deepen their knowledge through foundational courses and specialized courses, as well as plan experiments, conduct investigations, and study the foundations of a scientific understanding of the mind through seminar courses. In “English Readings in Psychology,” students develop the ability to read and interpret psychological papers in English.

Third and fourth years: Further learning about psychology through workshops and specialized lecture courses, and working a graduation research

Six different workshops, including “Workshop in Observation and Interview Methods,” become available to students. Students are also able to freely choose specialized subjects from five different fields. At seminars, students select their own themes and work on their graduation research. Through writing their thesis, students develop logical thinking and problem solving abilities.

Paths after Graduation

Approximately 70% of graduates find work in education or private enterprises with the remainder following a diverse range of paths, including medicine/welfare, public service, and education. There are careers that touch on the human mind in many fields, so the opportunities for psychology graduates to contribute are ever expanding. Furthermore, Meiji Gakuin University offers post-graduate psychology courses (masters and doctorate programs in clinical psychology) for students that wish to conduct more specialized research into psychology and students that aim to become specialists in psychology (clinical psychologists, etc.), with masters programs providing the option of two courses: “Psychology” and “Clinical Psychology” (the school is designated as a Type 1 School for the Training of Clinical Psychologists).

Ratio of candidates for employment by industry (Fiscal 2014-2016)