Department of Human Welfare (Counseling Major)

Learn about the workings of the mind and gain a deeper understanding of human beings!

The Counseling Major offers a comprehensive study of the workings of the human mind, examined from various perspectives. Through the four-year program, students learn to develop a psychological perspective, which is to say, they learn to connect with the feelings of people with various ways of thinking, and to consider issues together with them, while also understanding the invisible workings of the mind from a scientific point of view. During each year of the program, students work under the intimate guidance of their professors to acquire a basic understanding of the fundamentals and applications in various fields of psychology. After acquiring this knowledge, students are divided into three courses that match their individual career design goals, so they can pursue a more specialized and practical study of psychology appropriate for their future careers.

Characteristics of the Major

The Major trains students to develop the intellectual insight to think and act based on a sensitive understanding of how society is shaped by the workings of the mind.
  1. Students receive training to work in psychology-related professions.
  2. Students are actively supported in designing careers that utilize psychology.
  3. Students are given comprehensive support in acquiring related certifications.
  4. Students receive practical training rooted in the local community.
  5. Students are provided meaningful educational content that emphasizes practical training activities, such as psychological evaluations, psychological testing, and clinical interviews.

    Admission Policy(Acceptance of New Students)

    The Department of Human Welfare Counseling Major, in accord with Okinawa International University’s admission policy, seeks applicants who are interested in the human mind, who will work hard to improve as individuals and human beings, and who possess the following qualities:
    1. Applicants with a desire to learn about the human mind, human behavior, and human relationships from a scientific point of view.
    2. Applicants who were enthusiastically involved in activities or who possess expertise in areas related to their future university studies, and who have a sincere and positive attitude about wanting to practically apply psychological knowledge and skills in their future careers or everyday lives.

    Curriculum Summary

    During their first two years, students complete a general curriculum, in which they acquire a basic understanding of psychology and the skills for studying at university. When they enter their third year, students choose one of the following three courses, based on their career design (a life plan focusing on work): the Career-Focused Practical Psychology Course, the Psychology Specialist Course, or the Certified Public Psychologist Course.
    Career Options
    Civil ServicePsychology-related Professions (in Medicine, Education, Corrections, Welfare, and Industry)ResearcherTeacher
    General Companies and Businesses