Human Developmental Sciences

09.09.2016 Update

Human Developmental Sciences offers diverse courses in its master‘s and doctoral programs that take an academic, interdisciplinary, and applicative approach to the study of humans and their development as social and individual beings. The programs aim to foster leading women researchers and professionals.

Educational Science

Students will research pedagogy through various approaches, learning about a wide range of phenomena in education from early childhood to adulthood, in Japan and abroad, both past and present.


With guidance from faculty members specializing in cognition, development, education, society, personality, and clinical issues, students will conduct in-depth research in each field and acquire a wide range of advanced research methodologies and knowledge. Students will also study cutting-edge psychological research (neurophysiology, cross-national research, media psychology, health psychology, and developmental psychopathology).

Developmental and Clinical Psychology

Students will receive training from both clinical and research standpoints from faculty members with clinical experience in hospitals, schools, and legal and industrial institutions.

Applied Sociology/Sociology and Social Policies

Students will use methodologies of the social sciences, centering on sociology, to analyze various issues of contemporary society (communication, media, gender, power, discrimination, community, family, welfare, medical care, etc.), and will explore their solutions.

Child Studies

With guidance from faculty members who research child studies in such borderline fields as developmental psychology, sociology of education, early childhood care and education, praxeology, and clinical medicine, students will pursue research oriented studies that emphasize thematic focus and the review process of research methodology

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