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 society

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Department of Child Studies

This course of study helps students develop essential and key knowledge and the expertise necessary for working with infants to children 6 years of age. The department offers attentive education and considers human relationships as the basis of education, so that faculty–student’s relationship is important. Students acquire sophisticated knowledge, and develop rich humanity to assume an active part in child care while providing support for child rearing, and contributing to welfare and children’s peace in society.

Strengths of the Department of Child Studies

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  1. Students learn sophisticated specialized knowledge and develop skills based on the goals and direction of the Department of Child Studies.
    The curriculum of the department consists of foundation classes such as foreign language, basic skills, modern education, and advanced classes. The advanced classes include courses common to the entire faculty and specialized departmental courses. Students learn advanced specialized knowledge and develop skills based on the goals and direction of the Department of Child Studies thorough specialized departmental courses.
  2. We offer many courses that can fully meet students’ intellectual curiosity.
    To fully meet students’ intellectual curiosity, the courses are divided into seven 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," "Practical seminar for the teaching profession," and "Classes related to practical training." Course selections are organized so that students can learn on their own initiative based on their individual interests and future career paths.
  3. We nurture graduates who can act 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. A typical example is "Classes related to practical training", where practical training in kindergartens, nursery schools, and social welfare facilities is systematically arranged. Even in classes other than practical training, students go to various facilities outside of the university, play with children, and talk with staff.

Attainable License & Qualifications

  • Kindergarten Teacher’s License – Grade 1
  • Child Care Worker Qualification
  • Qualification to take the national examination of Certified Social Worker

Possible career paths after graduation

  • Kindergartens, nursery schools, certified centers for early childhood education and care
  • Regional child care support centers, NPOs
  • Child welfare facilities and other social welfare facilities
  • Government administrative bodies (general, educational, welfare)
  • Private sector companies


Department of Health and Nutrition

To prepare for an aging population and lower birthrate, the expectation of registered dietitians has been increasing to support healthy eating habits in Japan. Registered dietitians provide nutrition counseling and education, management of food services at hospitals, welfare facilities, schools, and public health centers for the treatment and prevention of diseases and keeping healthy lifestyle. In food companies, registered dietitians are working as leaders in food sanitation supervisory or product development sections. Our goal is to develop human resources who will become leaders in food and nutrition management for healthy life expectancy in local and global societies.

Strengths of the Department of Health and Nutrition

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  1. The Basic course provides broad knowledge for students to become food specialists who can solve nutritional problems from global perspectives.
  2. 2. The Advanced Course provides practical training in schools, public health centers,
        and hospitals.

    3. The course provides qualification to take the national examination for the certified
                                       registered dietitian license and nutrition teacher license.

Attainable License & Certificates

  • Qualification to taake the national examination of Certified Registered Dietitian
  • Certified dietitian license
  • Grade 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, 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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