Master’s Program


Comparative Studies of Societies and Cultures

This major targets a multifaceted range of subjects for research, including society, culture, language, and the arts. Whereas some areas of research focus on Japan, others focus on various other countries and regions around the world. While emphasizing the knowledge humanity has accumulated over the course of its long history, this major also turns an eye towards changes in modern culture and society.

While fostering researchers who can play a leading role in academic research, the program also aims to cultivate graduates who can apply an advanced level of specialized knowledge and skills for the benefit of society.

In the master’s program, we delineate areas of expertise in detail, so that we can meticulously support each student’s specific academic interests.

Human Developmental Sciences

This program offers a wide range of courses that examine humans as social and individual beings as well as their development process in order to foster advanced female researchers and professionals with an interdisciplinary and practical approach. Division of Human Developmental Sciences offers a consistent style of education from the Master’s Program to the Doctoral Program, the latter of which is based on a stage system that provides systematic education aimed towards attaining a doctorate.

Gender and Social Sciences

Taking the perspective of gender as a cue, this department reviews existing academic frameworks and their artifacts, and seeks to foster the analytical ability to elucidate various phenomena surrounding women, families, regions, nations, and other subjects from a global and interdisciplinary perspective, as well as the practical ability to propose solutions to specific challenges people face as a part of everyday life.

Courses on gender studies = Diverse courses covering everything from the basics to the cutting edge of gender studies. These are concentrated courses on gender that are designed to polish the ability to think critically about various issues in society and culture. They are also a path towards more advanced gender studies.

Courses on interdisciplinary methodology  = A group of courses designed to expand students’ perspectives and polish methodology. They include joint interdisciplinary seminars offered by faculties from different fields, as well as coursework related to survey methods (quantitative, qualitative, fieldwork, etc.). As a precondition for proceeding with their own research, these courses are aimed at training students to have a wide perspective and exacting methodology.

Courses on specialized subjects = These  courses cover disciplines such as geography, anthropology, area studies, development studies, jurisprudence, political science, economics, sociology, etc. Courses are designed to systematically teach students everything from the basics to advanced topics in each individual discipline.

A wide range of courses are also offered based on collaboration with gender research institutions both inside and outside Japan, affiliated international universities, the UNDP, and other international bodies.

Many students of Ochanomizu University apply themselves to studying under this major, as well as quite a few international exchange students, students from other universities, and graduate students who are already in the workforce.

Life Sciences

The English word “life” has multiple meanings. Not only does it refer to living organisms, it also denotes the everyday lives we lead, as well as the overall life of a person. The Life Sciences Department provides an education in the broad meaning of the word “life.” Research in this program includes the science that pursues the basic mechanisms of living organisms as well as the science that makes use of these findings in actual everyday life, without any attempt to separate the two fields. In addition to the courses listed below, this major also offers minor programs in global science and engineering, core science teaching, and dietary education.

Advanced Sciences

The ratio of young adults in Japan has been shrinking as society has started to rapidly age, as a result of that, we are almost in an era where young adults must support society. Japan will continue to be looked to for the role it plays in researching and developing natural and applied sciences to deal with this challenge. This program is based on a high level of specialized knowledge that is tied to technologies that actually help society. The skills of women are in demand in every field of scientific research and development. Students in the Advanced Sciences program attain a high level of specialized knowledge as well as basic knowledge in a wide range of fields, including mathematics, physics, chemistry and biochemistry, and computer science. This department seeks to foster highly creative students who can think for themselves with the deep and broad range of knowledge demanded in technological fields, where expectations for women to achieve are high. The Advanced Sciences program supports education and research that can help women enter and shine in society, with an emphasis on the entire course of their lives.

Cooperative Major in Human Centered Engineering

At present, there are very few women who work in the field of science and technology, so the fostering of women with advanced science and technology knowledge has become an big issue. It can be said that the fostering of female researchers and engineers with the perspectives of the technologies for ordinary people may be a new source of vitality that can support the future of Japan's industry.

The Cooperative Major in Human Centered Engineering program seeks to cultivate women with the ability to conduct research based on a flexible grasp of the various challenges of everyday human life, along with a broad understanding of various engineering fields, from the basics to applications.

*This cooperative major is based on the joint implementation system for university curricula established by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This system establishes a mechanism for forming joint educational programs that effectively utilize the education and research resources of multiple mutually collaborating universities.

The Cooperative Major in Human Centered Engineering is managed through the cooperation of Ochanomizu University and Nara Women's University. By effectively utilizing educational and research resources, the program provides high-quality education and research while seeking to take the lead in supporting cutting-edge interdisciplinary fields.

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