Undergraduate Studies

Department of Human Services

The concept of “welfare” has been eclipsed by the broader concept of “human services.” The best way to illustrate this is to imagine a scenario in which we happen to come across somebody in trouble on a train and try to help them. Such altruistic behavior, which is almost instinctive, is the fundamental power supporting any community. Students in the Department of Human Servicess are expected to learn how to express their own heartfelt feelings in these natural ways.

The Department of Human Servicess offers three major tracks: Volunteer Management, Community Welfare Management and Clinical Psychology for Welfare. In these tracks, students are given practical training enabling them to function as experts in their chosen fields.

Volunteer Management

This track offers opportunities to learn a variety of knowledge and skills for supporting volunteering and for working in non-government organizations (NGOs). Through practical education and an internship, students who have finished this program are expected to become leaders in coordinating volunteer activities.

Community Welfare Management

In this track, students learn about issues concerned with the social welfare of children, the disabled and senior citizens. The track offers opportunities to acquire a variety of knowledge and skills essential for the delivery of social welfare services. Through practical education and an internship, students are expected to be active as social workers.

Clinical Psychology for Welfare

This track provides students with opportunities to experience clinical training such as role-playing, counseling, play therapy and consultation based on fundamental theories of clinical psychology. With the support of the Tokiwa Clinical Psychology Center, this track offers intensive practical training through case studies and the actual planning of training.