Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology
Department of Education and Child Development

Fostering analytical and practical skills rooted in psychology

Emphasizing the relationships between people and society is one of the key features of the Department of Psychology. Students acquire a scientific understanding of the mind’s mechanisms and the ability to respond to any type of person or situation within today’s increasingly complex society – in other words, analytical and practical skills 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 methods.

Department of Psychology

Key Features of the Department of Psychology

Point 01
A large faculty with diverse areas of expertise

    Our Department of Psychology is one of few in Japan with fifteen full-time faculty members, providing a good balance of learning between the basics and clinical realms of psychology. Many of our students change their areas of interest and post-graduation career plans as they study the various areas of psychology, and we offer courses that can accommodate such changes.

Point 02
A rich curriculum and full support for Certified Public Psychologist licensure

After completing all designated subjects and graduating from the University, students can qualify for the National Examination for Certified Public Psychologists either by completing all the designated subjects in the Graduate School, or by gaining the required period of work experience at an institution designated by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare or the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Point 03
Meticulous student support

In addition to the Student Counseling Center, Health Support Center, and Student Support Center, each operated by Meiji Gakuin University, the Psychology Department provides various systems for student support. The entire Department supports our students through our class advisor system, career counseling courses for job hunters, and the Shirokane Psychology Association, a place for exchange among our current students, graduates, alumni, and faculty.

Point 04
Diverse employment opportunities and high graduate school enrollment rates

The most common industries in which Department of Psychology graduates found employment were information and communication, mass communication, and consulting, followed by the wholesale, retail, and service industries. Another characteristic of our program is that many students advance to graduate school to obtain licensure as a Certified Public Psychologist or Certified Clinical Psychologist.

Program Structure

In the first years, students take the class to learn the basics of psychology and acquire the logical thinking in their small seminars. In their second years, while deepening knowledge through foundational and advanced classes, students learn how to scientifically study the mind. In the third and fourth years, the department offers ten practical classes, students choose an area of focus from five specialized fields. In seminars, students choose a theme and conduct research for a graduation project. By writing a thesis, they develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills.


Developmental and Clinical Psychology

Students learn the fundamental knowledge needed to understand children’s psychological, emotional, and social development. We learn the methodologies and specialized knowledge of psychology and develop the ability to comprehensively understand and explain our mental development. Through such activities, students acquire a proactive attitude toward tackling various issues in today’s society.

Practicum in Cognitive Psychology

Humans use eye movements to acquire visual information from the outside world. Gaze measurements have thus been used since around the nineteenth century in attempts to elucidate cognitive processing processes. In this course, students learn about the characteristics and limitations of multiple indicators through experiments and surveys of gaze measurements, experiencing the potentials of gaze measurement research and eye movement measurements.

Where Our Graduates Are Now(2020-2022)