Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology
Department of Education and Child Development

Fostering analytical and practical skills rooted in psychology

The Department of Psychology emphasizes the relationship between persons and society. Students acquire a scientific understanding of the mind’s mechanisms and the ability to respond to any type of person or situation in today’s increasingly complex society. Analytical and practical skills are rooted in psychology. The Department seeks students with an interest in the scientific exploration of the mind and a desire to contribute to society through the application of psychological knowledge and research.

Department of Psychology

Key Features of the Department of Psychology

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.

Career-focused model courses of study

Psychology professional course of study

●For students who wish to become licensed psychology professionals, such as licensed psychologists or clinical psychologists.
●Many graduates of this program go on to work as school counselors, psychologists at medical institutions or child welfare facilities, or educational counselors.

Corporate/business course of study

●For students pursuing a career in the corporate sector.
●The focus on communication and problem-solving skills leads to high employment prospects.
● Recommended for those pursuing careers in IT, marketing, data analysis, research, counseling, and human resources.

Civil service/teaching course of study

● For students aspiring to become psychology professionals in the public sector (family court probation officers, etc.), local government civil servants (at children’s welfare centers or prefectural offices, or serving as police officers, etc.), and junior high or senior high school teachers.

Researcher course of study

●For students who wish to become university lecturers or researchers at a university or private / public-sector research institutes.
●Many graduates of this program advance to graduate study at Meiji Gakuin University and elsewhere.

The curriculum prepares students to obtain their national license as a psychologist

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.

Psychology-oriented English language education prepares students for study abroad and international exchange

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.

An enhanced careers education opens up diverse options for graduates

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.

The curriculum equips students with skills through experimental and applied methods.

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.

Intensive, small classes ensure mastery of practical skills

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.

The Four-Year Program

Year 1: Mastering the basics of psychology

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.

Year 2: Engaging in hands-on study through seminars and labs

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.

Years 3 and 4: Deepening learning through advanced lectures and practical classes, and conduct graduation research

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.

Where Our Graduates Are Now(2016-2018)