About the Faculty
Faculty of Human Life Studies

Faculty of Human Life Studies - Department of Child Studies and Department of Health and Nutrition

Train experts in child care and nutrition who can contribute to the development of regional society

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With a focus on "education" and "food," students acquire sophisticated specialized skills that enable them to create rich human lives and contribute to the development of regional society.

Potential career options for each course

[Department of Child Studies]

Three distinctive features of the Department of Child Studies

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  1. Students learn sophisticated specialized knowledge and develop skills based on the ideals of the Department of Child Studies.
    The curriculum of the department consists of foundational courses (foreign language, basic skills, modern education) and expanded courses. The expanded courses include courses common to the entire faculty and specialized departmental courses. The courses common to the entire faculty impart basic knowledge needed for development into the kind of person that the Faculty of Human Life Studies seeks to produce. The specialized departmental courses teach sophisticated specialized knowledge and skills based on the ideals of the Department of Child Studies.
  2. Offering many courses that can fully satisfy the student's intellectual curiosity.
    To fully satisfy the student's intellectual curiosity, the courses are divided into eight course groups: "The essence and goals of child care," "Children's minds and bodies," "The culture of children," "Child-care content and methods," "Regional society and welfare," "General seminars and practical teaching seminars," "Practical training related courses," and "Certified social welfare worker related courses." Course selections are organized so that students can learn on their own initiative based on their individual interests and future career paths, etc.
  3. Nurturing graduates who can be active as key personnel in child-care and welfare work environments.
    In order to nurture graduates who can be active as key personnel in child-care and welfare work environments, it is important to have ties to such work environments. On representative example of this is the group of "Practical training related courses," which include systematic practical training at kindergartens, day care centers, and social welfare facilities, etc. Even in courses other than the practical training courses, students venture outside the university to visit a variety of facilities where they talk with the workers and play with the children.

Qualifications that can be acquired

  • Class 1 kindergarten teacher license
  • Child-care worker qualification
  • Qualification to take the certified social worker national examination

Possible career paths after graduation

  • Kindergartens, day care centers, certified child centers
  • Regional child-care support centers, NPOs
  • Child welfare facilities and other social welfare facilities
  • Government administrative bodies (general, educational, welfare)
  • Private sector (companies producing children's toys, picture books, etc.)

[Department of Health and Nutrition]

Three distinctive features of the Department of Health and Nutrition

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  1. Building a foundation as a "food specialist" who provides health support
    Students take faculty common courses concerning human life and activities as well as specialized courses in four specialized foundational areas and eight specialized areas, and they comprehensively pursue graduation research that will make it possible for them to independently and comprehensively master the ability to learn. These courses enable them to cultivate the ability to scientifically manage dietary habits and the ability to support health as a food specialist.
  2. Students learn the distinctive characteristics of the "food" of the region
    There are courses, such as "Niigata Agricultural Products and Food Processing" and "Local Production for Local Consumption Theory," that cultivate in students an understanding of the distinctive features and regional character of Niigata Prefecture as well as a deep understanding of the region's food. Students acquire knowledge of the "foods" of Niigata Prefecture and of other regions.
  3. Students can acquire two types of qualifications
    Students can acquire the qualification for taking the certified registered dietitian national examination, and they can acquire a class 1 nutrition teacher license for engaging in nutrition education activities. (Qualification for taking the certified senior nutritionist national examination is necessary as a basic qualification for obtaining the nutrition teacher license.) Since teaching courses must be taken to become a nutrition teacher, students must acquire 28 credits more than are necessary to qualify for taking the certified senior nutritionist national examination.

Qualifications that can be acquired

  • Certified dietitian license
  • Qualification to take the certified registered dietitian national examination
  • Class 1 diet and nutrition teacher license

Possible career paths after graduation

  • Designated food service facilities (hospital, school, business establishment, social welfare facility, child welfare facility, correctional institution, etc.)
  • Food companies (planning and development, quality control, etc.)
  • Schools (nutrition teacher, school dietitian)
  • Government administrative bodies (prefectural nutrition instructor, food-sanitation inspector, municipal health center)
  • Nutrition instructor in the health industry or in the health-care department of a community health center or a company

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