Faculty of Social Welfare
Welfare in today’s aging society is aimed not just at “people with hardships,” but at people in all stages of life, from childhood to old age. In order to secure the welfare of all, broader and more specialized abilities are being required of those who implement social welfare programs.
Our university introduced a new curriculum in 2011 in order to meet the needs of a new era. Backed by our legacy as the first university faculty in Japan to use “social welfare” in its name, we will meet new challenges head-on as we train the workers needed in social welfare.
Department of Social Welfare
With the aim of creating a society in which all people, from infants to children, the disabled, the elderly, and the needy can lead their lives with well-being, we study the theories, methodologies, and policies of social welfare. Our goal is also to help people acquire qualifications as social workers, mental health professionals, and educators.
Faculty of Economics
At the Faculty of Economics, our objective is to nurture human resources that will be capable of contributing to the creation of a society with excellent welfare resources. We will reach this objective by studying various viewpoints based on economics and management in order to learn methods for planning sustainable societies and through activities in the areas of enterprise, healthcare, and sports.
Department of Economics
Students learn new approaches to alternative welfare society planning through four courses—regional economics, finance, business management, and health care welfare management—while at the same time honing their social and practical skills through a “Regional Research Project” that goes beyond the classroom.
Faculty of Child Development
In response to the difficult social issues that children are caught up in (classroom disruption, truancy, bullying, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, etc.), we are training students who can assist in healthy child development, working from a viewpoint that incorporates both the child and the family. We train students to directly deal with and understand the various physical and mental issues children face as they go through various developmental stages in their particular environments.
Department of Child Development
Early childhood Education and Care Course
A major in early childhood education trains the student how to bring out the abundant strength of children along with the members of the community and to cultivate their ability to deal with children's issues. Students obtain early childhood education qualifications and kindergarten teacher licenses and learn the specialized skills required by day care, kindergarten, child welfare facilities and other such institutions.
Primary Education Course
The Primary Education Course cultivates the ability to help children develop naturally and to deal with the issues that arise from school age through adolescence. Students learn the highly specialized skills needed to become elementary and junior high school teachers, as well as developing the skills needed to provide special needs education.
Department of Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology Course
The Clinical Psychology Course tackles mental issues covering all stages of life: from infancy to puberty, and from young adulthood to old age. We teach students the skills that will allow them to help with and understand people and mental problems in a wide range of fields including education, welfare and healthcare.
Special Needs Child Psychology Course
The Special Needs Child Psychology Course, based on a study of psychology, cultivates skills to deal with the issues faced by children with special needs. We teach students the expertise needed to provide special needs education and the skills to understand and assist people with special needs in a wide range of fields including education and welfare.
Faculty of International Welfare Development
We aim to nurture students who understand the importance of welfare, who, with a good command of English, can contribute to organizational management and the community. Students pursue studies in a broad range of fields, including welfare, development, the environment and economics, and improve their skills in English and facilitation. Students are given the skills to support the self-reliance of people from developing countries in their nation-building efforts, to make international contributions to industry, and to be involved in business that transcends borders.
Department of International Welfare Development
The goal of the Department of International Welfare Development is to put local welfare into practice, both in Japan and abroad, with the theme of international welfare. Students learn practical English and communication skills they can use worldwide.
Faculty of Health Science
We support healthy lifestyles from the perspective of rehabilitation — personal attention that consists of physical and mental guidance and assistance to enable healthy activity for all people — and the perspective of human care engineering, which creates objects and spaces that promote health and longevity. We have the goal of training workers who can offer total support through both personal attention and the creation of products and spaces.
Department of Rehabilitation
Physical Therapy Course
In the Physical Therapy program, the key concept is “activity,” according to which students study the means of supporting the development, recovery, and maintenance of healthy lifestyles. We train physiotherapists capable of working, not just with disabled people, but in a wide variety of areas.
Occupational Therapy Course
In the Occupational Therapy program, we aim to develop what patients and users would regard as healthy lifestyles. We cultivate the ability of students to apply the specialized characteristics of occupational therapy in fields ranging from neuroscience to social welfare.
Care Work Course
In the Care Work program, our goal is to produce nursing care specialists with knowledge and advanced skills related to health, medicine, and welfare. In this program, students acquire advanced nursing knowledge and expertise, along with the specialized skills needed to serve the local community.
Department of Human Care Engineering
Health Informatics Course
In the Health Informatics Course, students study engineering and information technology in order to support healthy lifestyles and lifestyle independence. We cultivate the skills to build systems that close the digital divide and develop assistive technology designed from the user's perspective.
Barrier-Free Design Course
Welfare and the natural environment are areas of great interest in modern society. This course teaches the expertise needed to become architects with strengths in welfare and the natural environment by training them to obtain double certifications: "First Class Architect + Social Worker" and "First Class Architect + Biotope Manager."
Faculty of Healthcare Management by Correspondence
The NFU Faculty of Correspondence Education was the first distance education system in Japan to introduce an educational system that takes advantage of the Internet. Students train for specialized skills through a system of curricula involving four management fields: Business, Community and International Cooperation, Health and Social Services, and Healthcare and Life Management.