Department of Human Welfare (Social Welfare Major)

Confront social welfare issues with an open mind and an insightful point of view!

The Social Welfare Major in the Department of Human Welfare provides practical education focusing on the workplace to nurture talented individuals who possess compassion and the ability to work in the fields of welfare, medicine, health, and education.

Characteristics of the Major

Students acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and sensitivity needed to deal with current issues of society.
  1. Students are trained to work as professionals in the field of social welfare.
  2. Students are offered a rich educational program for becoming a Certified Social Worker or Psychiatric Social Worker.
  3. Students receive comprehensive support in acquiring certificates related to social welfare.
  4. Students learn through practical experience during social welfare training and volunteer activities.
  5. Students are encouraged to acquire international outlooks through overseas training in social welfare.
  6. Students work on their graduation theses while considering actual practices.

    Admission Policy(Acceptance of New Students)

    The Social Welfare Major seeks applicants with the following qualities:
    1. Applicants who strongly desire to work in the future as social welfare specialists in various fields.
    2. Applicants who have specific skills and abilities that can be put to use in the field of social welfare, and who have promising outlooks for university performance and future careers.
    3. Applicants who earnestly desire to participate in international assistance activities, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Curriculum Summary

    Nowadays, social welfare workplaces require interaction and cooperation with people in medicine, health, politics, community care, and business. The Social Welfare Major offers a wide range of specialized subjects related to social welfare, medical welfare, community-based welfare, international welfare, mental health, and welfare skills, in order to train professionals who can collaborate with other specialists. In addition, the major offers numerous specialized seminars for students to gain practice and training during each of their four years. The seminars utilize the teacher’s expertise in fields such as medical welfare, child and family welfare, international welfare, disability studies, town planning, children’s mental health, contemporary sociology, social philosophy, and theories of caring. The major also offers specialized training with practice in the field for students who wish to become certified social workers or psychiatric social workers. At the same time, the curriculum allows students to systemically acquire the skills, knowledge, and way of thinking required in the field of social welfare, through practical activities and international contributions.
    Career Options
    Japanese Council of Social WelfareElderly-care FacilityDay Service for Handicapped ChildrenConsultation Services for Handicapped Children
    Community Support CenterWomen’s Protection Facility (Counselor)Maternal and Child Living Support Facility (Counseling and other Support)Orphanage / Children’s Welfare Facility
    Children’s Self-Reliance Support FacilityMental Hospital (Psychiatric Social Worker)General Hospital (Medical Social Worker / Medical Affairs Officer)High School Civics Teacher
    Welfare-related Technical School InstructorWelfare Office (Social Welfare Officer)Board of Education (School Social Worker)Okinawa Prefecture and Local City Offices
    Overseas Welfare FacilityGeneral Companies and BusinessesMass Media (Newspaper Reporter for Society Section)Financial Institutions
    Cooperatives (Office Worker at JA)Hotels and Lodging (Hotel Staff)Children’s Counseling Center (Child Welfare Officer / Advisor)