The Department offers an education in psychology that is both specialized and broad-based. Students have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects taught by 15 full-time faculty members. Topics range from how to study the mind through scientific methods, to clinical topics such as methods for supporting individuals, families, groups, and communities.
Students who enroll starting in April 2018 and complete all designated courses during their time as undergraduates, go on to complete all the designated courses in the graduate program or complete a required number of hours of work at a facility designated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare or the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, are eligible to take the national examination to become a licensed psychologist.
Classes such as English Readings in Psychology A and B expose students to English-language texts, enabling them to understand important trends in current international research. The Department also offers support for students with a proactive desire to study abroad.
Third-year students may choose to attend the workshops organized by the Department of Psychology to assist them in seeking employment. The Department also hosts talks by current and past graduate students, as well as events focused on options for graduate study that are organized by the Shirokane Psychology Association.
Students gain practical skills that will assist them in their working life through highly specialized applied training. This includes conducting experiments using the latest equipment, planning online surveys and questionnaires, drawing up psychological experiment programs, conducting psychological testing for themselves, and role playing counseling situations.
Students acquire the study methods used in psychology in the Basic Seminar that begins immediately after enrollment. They continue their study of practical psychology throughout the next four years in small practicums and seminars where they also develop communication and problem-solving skills through lively discussion with faculty and other students.
Students take overview, research methodology, and statistics classes to learn the basics of psychology. In small seminars, they acquire the logical thinking, writing, and discussion skills that will be indispensable throughout their time at university.
While deepening knowledge through foundational and advanced classes, students learn how to study the mind scientifically. Through seminars where they plan and carry out experiments and studies. In English Readings in Psychology, they become competent in reading psychology papers in English.
The Department offers eleven practical classes, such as the Practicum in Psychological Testing. Students choose an area of focus from five specialized fields: Psychology of Perception and Learning, Physiological and Comparative Psychology, Educational and Developmental Psychology, Clinical and Personality Psychology, and Social, Industrial, and Organizational Psychology. In seminars, students choose a theme and conduct research for a graduation project. Writing a thesis, they develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills.