University

School of Letters

Japanese Language and Literature

Department Objective

The theme of the Department of Japanese Language and Literature is to“open the future through the power of language.”In order to refine language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking to an advanced level, students study Japanese literature, one of the cultural heritages of our language, through a comprehensive historical approach—from ancient times to the modern period. Students examine language, literature, and culture within a global context, and master the fundamental and specialized knowledge therein.

Likewise, through mastery of information, communication and technology(ICT)skills and the facility to communicate that is required by modern society, students will be able to successfully apply these to their work places. These comprehensive abilities will open up paths to employment opportunities. Furthermore, students will develop logical intellect to communicate with Japanese language professionals.“The power of language”supports all of these ends. Our aim is the development of students who will gain understanding and appreciation of the Japanese language and culture.

Three Features of the Department

  1. Comprehensive and Multi-Directional Study
    Japanese language, literature and culture studies are comprehensively and multi-directionally introduced in this program. Various aspects of the Japanese language provide academic value as the focus of in-depth study. Students are also able to develop the practical skills needed to become junior-high and high school Japanese language teachers through the intensive reading of literary works from all periods of history. Likewise, students can practice and appreciate traditional culture, such as calligraphy and performance arts, and furthermore, they can acquire practical techniques to communicate these important aspects of Japanese language to others.
  2. Diverse Educational Experience
    From their 3rd year, students are divided into small-group seminars to conduct specialized research. Students choose practicums according to their interests and engage in the practical study of diverse areas, such as Japanese literature, language, linguistics, calligraphy, Japanese language education in secondary school, Japanese education for speakers of other languages, expression, and communication.
  3. Linking Studies to Career Support
    We support students in their career preparation over the four-year period by recommending exams for qualifications related to their focus. Such preparations include instruction in IT skills such as Microsoft Office, and training in handling business documents together with the required qualifying exams. In addition, we offer general aptitude tests, interview preparation, and career counseling that is tailor-designed for individual students.

English

Department Objective

In recent years, the Japanese government has set forth a national policy of training personnel capable of playing active roles in international society. The background to this is the reality that to keep in step with the progress of globalization, activities in every area, such as economics, culture, and tourism, must rapidly expand beyond national borders. In such a situation, demand is increasing for students to be equipped with English skills and the ability to understand other cultures—in other words, students equipped with a global mindset and prepared for international careers.

In order to address the challenges of an ever-globalizing world, our department offers English education and academic training together with our university’s United States branch campus, Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute(MFWI)that challenges students to increase their English skills, and strengthens cross-cultural communication abilities. Our aim is to cultivate a sense of independence and cooperation in students, through their living and studying overseas.

Three Features of the Department

  1. Global Education Through a Japan-US Campus Partnership
    Our department provides a global education in partnership with our US branch campus, Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute(MFWI). The regular program includes compulsory overseas study at MFWI. Students study abroad in their second year, from February to May, and may continue their studies at MFWI from September of the same year in the extension program. Overseas study at MFWI strengthens students’comprehensive English skills and their understanding of other cultures, as well as increases their sense of independence and cooperation.
  2. Advanced Course in English(ACE)
    This course focuses on students who have an English proficiency of TOEIC 600(minimum required score)or higher. The majority of classes are conducted in English. The number of students in each class is limited to 20 or less, which leads to a very productive learning atmosphere. If they meet all requirements, students may join the ACE program in their second or third years. In their third year of study, ACE students join the department's international education & culture studies track.
  3. Track-oriented, Specialized Education
    Within the department, there are four tracks for specialized study, a system unique to our department. Students enter one of the four tracks below for their third and fourth years, where they will heighten their academic knowledge and acquire specialized English skills, while cultivating an international ability to relate to people on a global level.
    • Track 1:Culture & Literature
    • Track 2:Language & Linguistics
    • Track 3:Business & Communication
    • Track 4:International Culture & Education(for ACE students)

Education

Department Objective

We seek to train the next generation of educators who can meet the challenges of an increasingly knowledge-based and modern society where values and lifestyles continue to diversify. This is achieved through cultivating knowledge, intellect, judgment, communication and learning skills, in addition to encouraging an attitude of taking initiative in problem solving.

To respond to this challenge, our educational aim is to provide those aspiring to play an active role in the world of education and early childhood education with the comprehensive abilities of elementary teachers and nursery school teachers. The Education Department seeks to equip students to be actively involved in domestic and international society as women with thoughtful integrity and genuine intelligence, as well as a spirit of consideration and‘can-do’attitude towards others.

Three Features of the Department

  1. Opportunities for Qualifications in a Variety of Educational Contexts
    Over a four-year period, students are able to obtain multiple licenses and qualifications for work as an elementary school teacher, special needs school teacher, kindergarten teacher and nursery school teacher.
  2. Volunteer Opportunities
    Within the regular curriculum, students develop practical teaching skills in education and early childhood education. Our department actively provides students with opportunities to volunteer at elementary schools, kindergartens, special needs schools, nursery schools and all other types of institutions. This is arranged through partnerships with the neighborhood schools and board of education in order to give students a broad perspective and enrich their practical experience.
  3. International Educational Opportunities
    In order to train teachers and nursery school teachers with an international outlook and the ability to communicate in English, we offer aspiring students a semester-long program of overseas study during the second semester of the sophomore year at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute(MFWI), our university’s branch campus in the United States. We also conduct overseas training during the summer break(20 days for both college and junior-college students)with the cooperation of a partner university(St. Martin’s University)in the USA.

Psychology and Social Welfare

Department Objective

In order to understand and support the mind and society, we train students in the academic disciplines of psychology and social welfare, refining specialist abilities within these two programs, heighten practical skills in interpersonal relationships and offer training in interpersonal support.

In the psychology program, students empirically and clinically define the significance of human behavior and its underlying psychological mechanisms and take the necessary subjects to earn the qualification as a Japanese Psychological Association Certified Psychologist. We also have required undergraduate courses for students taking the examination for becoming a Nationally Certified Psychologist.

In the social welfare program, students are able to acquire the qualifications necessary to take the examinations for Nationally Certified Social Workers and Psychiatric Social Workers. We emphasize practical education in the field and train social workers capable of coping with an aging society.

Three Features of the Department

  1. The Study of Knowledge and Skills for Interpersonal Support
    Students study essential psychology and social welfare courses with the aim of developing good interpersonal relationships and self-expression, as well as the knowledge and skills in information utilization and recreation required by both courses. We seek to cultivate students who contribute in positive ways as members of society.
  2. The Comprehensive Study of Theory and Practice Related to the Mind and Society
    We equip students with the scientific knowledge and skills needed to clarify the various problems and living challenges of modern society. To achieve this, courses are divided into two streams from the second year; students study the subjects common to both programs in a comprehensive way.
  3. The Heightening of Specialization
    In the second term of their first year, students deepen their knowledge by opting to take either the Psychology Program, which trains experts on the mind, or the Social Welfare Program, which trains social workers. We train students to have a comprehensive understanding — welfare service workers with knowledge of psychology, and counselors with understanding of social welfare studies.

School of Health and Sports Sciences

Health and Sports Sciences

Department Objective

Welcome to the Mukogawa Women’s University Department of Health and Sports Sciences! This is an exciting time to be involved in the study of health, physical activity, and sports, as we are evolving our physical education program. We are thrilled to announce that we have launched the MWU Sports Center(the first women’s university athletic department in Japan)to focus on improving student athlete’s education and athletic performance.

The MWU Department of Health and Sports Sciences aims to train students to be highly qualified teachers in health education and physical education, and excellent health/fitness instructors for fitness centers, corporate fitness and school programs, through our highly systematic curriculum and cutting-edge facilities.
The mission of our department is to have a positive impact on citizens and institutions of the community and other regions through teaching, researching, and service pertaining to healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, lifetime physical activity, and/or sports participation.

The first two years of the undergraduate program are prerequisite classes that prepare students in health physical education, and sports science. In the third year, the curricula offered in the program foster understanding in three areas: 1) Sports Education, 2) Sports Science, and 3) Health and Exercise Science.

  1. Sports Education
    The Sports Science Program provides a comprehensive practice teaching experience that prepares students to create teaching materials and become qualified junior-high and high school health and physical education teachers.
  2. Sports Science
    The Sports Science Program prepares students to improve their practical and instructional skills through the study of theory based on the latest scientific findings, with a focus of improving athletic performance and junior/youth sports.
  3. The Health & Exercise Science
    The Health and Exercise Science program integrates students’study in health promotion, health conditioning, and sports management theories. We aim for students to learn through practicing skills related to sports and recreation activities, and to gain an understanding of the management of athletic organizations.

Three Features of the Department

  1. A Substantial Curriculum
    Students study basic theories and skills in health and exercise by acquiring teaching skills in a practical format. Students will also develop their abilities through health and sports, practical workshops and educational practice in the pursuit of becoming qualified sports instructors.
  2. Modern Facilities and Cutting-edge Equipment in Sports Science
    We maintain an environment of experimentation to pursue the latest sports science, such as sports psychology, exercise physiology and biomechanics. Classes are held with the most advanced technology tools available in the condition and training rooms. The Mukogawa Women’s Sports Club facilities are open to students for conducting their research and practice with people in the surrounding communities.
  3. The Outdoor Practical Program
    For outdoor practical program, we offer practicums in camping, marine sports and snow sports that help students gain the necessary skills to be an instructor of these sports. In the Health and Sports Research Overseas program students are able to interact with local students and researchers at overseas training sites, including visits to/observations of sports facilities and universities in order to gain a broader perspective on research trends within the health and sports discipline.
    In each of our programs, we are committed to developing professionals who will impact the health and wellness of children, adolescents, and adults. We are proud of our students, faculty, and staff who come together to meet the health and sports challenges of our future.

School of Human Environmental Sciences

Human Environmental Sciences

Department Objective

The term“Human Environment”refers to the objects and situations that surround our lives. This program specializes in clothing, various lifestyle goods, and commercial and residential design extending outward to architecture, towns, and cities. With this focus of study, students acquire a good balance of knowledge and skills in evaluation, planning, creation, expression, editing, and coordination through an approach based in the sciences, arts, and architectural systems.

Moreover, our aim is to equip students with a foundation that encompasses a comprehensive perspective of the consumer’s standpoint—that being the abstract and tangible dimensions of the human environment, from clothing to dwellings. Students will develop the ability to assess what is truly necessary for a comfortable and healthy human environment and be able to select and utilize the best available resources.

Three Features of the Department

Students comprehensively study content centered on clothing and housing in daily life. Beginning in the second year, studies are divided into three courses to deepen their specialization.

  1. In the Life Design Course, students acquire skills in identifying problems and analyzing everyday life through a broad consideration of living based on the key concepts of survey and design. Students will be able to acquire skills in forming and proposing innovative ideas in the three areas of products, packaging and design.

  2. In the Apparels Course, students are equipped to play active roles by gaining an understanding of designs related to apparel, and developing their education in planning important and formative aspects of apparel. Students will also gain knowledge in the functionality of clothing, such as the quality, properties, and manufacturing of clothing materials.

  3. In the Construction Design Course, students study multifaceted perspectives of various spaces and the mechanisms that support them, from the living spaces of housing and public facilities, to towns and cities—all from the basic perspective of how to live comfortably. The study content ranges widely, for example, the mechanisms needed to maintain living spaces, interior arrangement of objects and decoration, as well as the planning, architecture and equipment of buildings. Additionally, students learn about town planning and urban development.


Food Sciences and Nutrition

Department Objective

In the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, our aim is to train students to become Registered Dietitians—students who have acquired advanced education in food science, nutrition and health, and the requisite research skills and ability to respond to the nutritional needs of people in the 21st century. We seek to cultivate in students the knowledge and skills necessary to provide instruction on dietary habits that are effective in the prevention of lifestyle diseases and the maintenance of public health at all stages of life, while also contributing to the fields of medicine, school health education, public nutrition, welfare and business.

Three Features of the Department

  1. Smooth Transitions through Curriculum
    Correct understanding of the fundamentals is critical to mastering the specialized knowledge necessary to becoming a Registered Dietitian. We provide preparatory classes that lead students through a smooth transition into the essential core subjects, as well as advanced courses that further prepare students for a career in this field.
  2. Educational Environment at the Highest Level
    In training to be a Registered Dietitian, students learn through experimentation and practicums. Our department has experimental lab equipment and practical facilities that are at the highest national level, and students can deepen the knowledge they acquire in lectures through actual experience. Experts from a broad range of fields feature among our faculty and offer their expertise throughout the course of study.
  3. National Certification Practice and Post-Graduation Career Path
    The Registered Dietitian certification is a nationally recognized qualification equal to that of a doctor or pharmacist. We provide comprehensive support, such as special lectures and mock exams to ensure practical competence of our students. This has consequently led to a high success rate of students’passing the National Examination. In the four elective areas that may be considered for the post-graduation career path, we provide a strong support system to students in their career choices.

Informatics and Mediology

Department Objective

Our department’s objective is to train not only information specialists(experts)and but also generalists(comprehensive professionals)through practical problem-solving project experiences based on familiarity with information and communications technology(ICT).
Within the processes of sifting through the abundance of information available in the world, namely, 1) categorizing and editing, 2) analysis and integration, and 3) expression and presentation, we aim to train students to acquire advanced skills in information production, processing, and distribution, and to cultivate applied skills enabling them to develop creative contents, within not only the field of computing but all diverse genres, such as new product development and urban planning, including fashion, gastronomic culture, and tourism. In terms of the problem-solving approach, students study the whole courses of informatics and mediology, from programming and data analysis to marketing research and total social solution proposals.

Three Features of the Department

  1. ICT
    In addition to acquiring proficiency in business applications such as word processors, spreadsheets, and presentations, students will master advanced applied applications and programming languages, such as web-site design and computer graphics. Through these studies, students will, for example, analyze big data statistically, simulate mathematical models, and develop unique formulations.
  2. PBL
    To pragmatically approach actual challenges faced by businesses, administration, and local communities, students form small project teams in practicums and seminar units. We conduct Project-Based-Learning(PBL)through a process whereby, following a problem-solving flowchart, students ascertain the reality of problems via fieldwork in the locale and interviews with experts, and then gather information, perform an analysis, create a strategy, and present the solution-proposals.
  3. Media Environment
    The Multimedia Building situated within our department is complete with a media environment of the highest standard, such as a computer suite equipped with one PC per person, a media hall, a basement movie-studio, and a multimedia practicum room. In particular, to encourage students’independent project studies, we have an on-demand seminar practicum room in which students can use computers, hold meetings and give presentations in small groups of 10-20 students.

Architecture

Department Objective

With the aim of ensuring internationally mutually recognized architectural education and qualifications in architecture, in 1996 UNESCO(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)and the UIA(International Union of Architects)stipulated the“UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education,”which is now the universal standard for architectural education. This standard emphasizes such educational content as“interactive design studios in small classes”and“a continuous full-time minimum study period of five years.”
Education in the Mukogawa Women’s University Department of Architecture has many unique features, such as an emphasis on interactive studios in small classes, a consecutive six-year curriculum combined with graduate school, and the use of the university building which is a historic architectural masterpiece. It is also internationally recognized as a program that complies with the UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education. Through an education with these features, our department aims to train excellent architects capable of playing an active role on the global stage.

Three Features of the Department

  1. An interactive design education in studios equipped with drafting desks and computers for every student
    The studios for each academic year are equipped with 2 m2 drafting desks and computers for every student, with which they can dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to practical study. A single academic year(capacity for 40 students)is supervised by three academic staff, who provide meticulous, one-to-one teaching as they make their way around each student’s drafting desk. A stable place that students can call home is also ensured.
  2. Hands-on and creative practical subjects account for over half of all class hours
    Practical subjects account for more than half of all class hours. In the first year, in formative studios such as ikebana, drawing, woodworking, and pottery, students polish their sensibilities and creativity thoroughly. Serious problem-solving architectural design begins with the final task of the first year. From the second year, students will acquire practical and useful skills beyond those of other universities by tackling six architectural design tasks each year.
  3. Study through seeing and touching real-life objects in the field
    From their first year in the faculty through to the graduate school master’s program, students will go on study visits every Saturday, such as architectural masterpieces and construction sites, where they can glean a specific understanding of the knowledge and skills they learn in classes. They will also visit masters of such fields as the tea ceremony and flower arrangement, where they will polish their sensibilities in order to create architectural spaces as composite art forms. There are around 40 study visit destinations in the first year alone!

School of Music

Performing Arts

Department Objective

The Department of Performing Arts specializes in voice, piano, and orchestra(violin, viola, violoncello, flute, clarinet, and saxophone)training. By providing individual lessons and small group classes, we aim to improve students’knowledge of music and provide them with the opportunity to develop their musical abilities and performance skills. Moreover, we train students to become future teachers and educators in the field of music.

Our objective is to cultivate a rich understanding of the arts in students, enabling them to become performers and educators in society. In addition to performing in concerts and attending overseas training, our students are encouraged to gain a global perspective in music as they are also provided with opportunities to learn from visiting professors from overseas.

Three Features of the Department

  1. We have a curriculum designed to improve students’basic musical competencies, provide extensive education, and instill in them a higher knowledge of the arts. All lessons are one-on-one and are taught with a practical approach to learning. We offer master classes and special lessons conducted by Japanese and international performers and organize various concerts featuring our students.

  2. We are equipped with excellent music studios to help students acquire practical skills in music. Piano students receive lessons on high-quality Steinway pianos. We have 40 practice rooms for students, with over 30 of them equipped with grand pianos. Practice rooms are always available for students between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

  3. Through an exchange program with Ball State University in the U.S., each year, one of our students travels to the U.S. to perform in concerts and strengthen our relationship with the local students and teachers. We also conduct training in Italy providing an opportunity for many students to experience the international stage of the performing arts.


Applied Music

Department Objective

The Department of Applied Music offers specialized courses in musical applications such as Music Therapy and Arts Management, in which the inherent power of music in society is explored to enable students to become music therapists.

Programs are focused on training students in a wide range of music genres, as well as the application of music in specific fields, such as medicine, human welfare, environment, and education. We provide students with the opportunity to identify and create the“music required in each scenario by recognizing current issues and proposing solutions based on music”.

Three Features of the Department

  1. We pursue the acquisition of basic knowledge of music and performance skills required in actual performances as it is relates to a wide-range of music genres. As practical subjects, we teach voice, piano, and the general techniques of musical instruments, providing additional training in piano and voice in 45-minute individual lessons conducted weekly.

  2. When considering future career paths, students opt for seminars related to Music Therapy or Musical Application in Year 3. In addition to pursuing and deepening their research acumen through seminars, students engage in a practical study of specialized content through practicums in Music Therapy in Year 1. In Years 3 & 4, full-scale music therapy sessions are conducted for clients.

  3. Professionals in music include music therapists, management coordinators of cultural programs, and teachers. There are also general settings wherein specialized knowledge and skills in music can be utilized. Internships and work experiences are independently provided by the School of Music, in addition to those provided by the Career Center, to strengthen the support given to students in finding employment.


School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy

Department Objective

The Department of Pharmacy offers a six-year pharmacy degree with the goal of obtaining the Japanese pharmacist’s license. We aim for our students to acquire a broad education with sufficient specialized pharmaceutical knowledge in order to attain the ethical perspective and practical abilities of medical professionals. With the goal of protecting health and life as a priority, we provide an education that enables students to master the skills essential to a pharmacist through our unique curriculum based on a core curriculum of modern pharmacy education. With a focus on medicine and pharmacy, we strive to produce future pharmacists who possess advanced clinical and practical skills in a wide range of areas and are capable of playing an active role as pharmacy specialists with a sense of vocation in all kinds of scenarios, including medical institutions, such as hospitals and pharmacies.

Three Features of the Department

  1. Upon admission to the university, we provide well-rounded preliminary courses taught by academic staff from the Center for the Promotion of Pharmacy Education, so that students can successfully begin studies within the Department of Pharmacy. Student services include offering advice about study methods so that students can establish their own study habits independently.

  2. Within specialized courses, we provide an education that enables students to acquire knowledge, skills, and a practical perspective about pharmaceutical issues. In other words, we offer an education that enables students to handle the stress of clinical scenarios and acquire the knowledge and ethical understanding as medical professionals. In addition, we strive to provide a global education as we seek to foster international awareness through short-term studies overseas in the United States and China.

  3. In Year 5, students practice clinical scenarios through long-term work experience practicums in hospitals and pharmacies, and in Year 6 they conduct graduate research in laboratories. In addition, we have in place an education system to consolidate and check students’knowledge through general practicums and advanced subjects, and to guide them toward qualification in the National Examination for Pharmacists.


Health and Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences

Department Objective

In the Department of Health & Biopharmaceutical Science, we aim to train our students to excel and contribute to society in diverse areas related to pharmacy and health, such as medical research institutes, the industrial sector, and environmental health administration. This is undertaken through an education in pharmaceutical science with an emphasis on bioscience, health science and medical science. To achieve this objective, we have prepared nine study course models and a science teacher-training program within the three divisions of medicinal chemistry, medical pharmacy, and health pharmacy. From these disciplines, students can choose according to their individual characteristics and interests.

In the first and second year, students study foundational subjects that cultivate their basic skills, and from the third year special attention is given to conducting graduation research through lectures and laboratory experiments in order to sharpen students’intellectual and applied pharmaceutical skills. At our university, which boasts more than half a century of tradition and educational experience, students take subjects related to pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and health foods. Through clinical trials, students acquire the skills needed to play an active part in society as experts in fields related to health.

Three Features of the Department

  1. Specialized and Flexible Study Courses
    We offer three systems and nine study course models to train students in medical knowledge and skills. Each of the nine study course models within the three divisions is comprised of 17 specialized elective subjects. Students are encouraged to add additional subjects to the courses in which they are most interested. Students are also able to choose subjects independently and create their own tailor-made course. Please see the department brochure for details(in Japanese).
  2. Fostering an Inquiring Mind
    Research begins with curiosity. To trigger curiosity, first-year students are placed in small class practicums of 40 students and given the opportunity to use equipment and instruments appropriate to the area of study. In the third-year class on“Health & Biopharmaceutical Experimentation”, students receive intensive and practical training from 14 staff members using cutting-edge technology.
  3. Overseas Education Plan to Foster a Flexible and Broad Perspective
    We maintain a program at our beautiful United States branch campus(MFWI)in Washington State. In addition, students may also opt to receive overseas training in China, at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine or the Shenyang College of Pharmacy. These overseas experiences foster international awareness and train students to comprehend new methods of medical breakthroughs.

School of Nursing

Nursing

Department Objective

In the Department of Nursing we purpose to train students to view patients as individuals with their own lives rather than merely sick people, to respect each patient’s way of life and values, and to approach patient’s health issues from multiple care options. Our curriculum is composed of lectures, clinical lab skills, seminars, and clinical practicums—all contributing to students’understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues in nursing and health care.

Through these studies, students will develop knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based nursing care. In addition, patient-simulators allow students to practice real-life situations in the skill laboratories. Using these experiences, we encourage students’self-directed learning and increase their aspirations. Students are also able to further their knowledge by choosing liberal arts subjects that are offered by MWU.

Three Features of the Department

  1. Comprehensive Nursing Program
    Completing the bachelor’s program allows graduates the eligibility to take the national nursing examination to be licensed as a registered nurse(RN). To complete the program and pass the examination, students are required to have a high level of Japanese proficiency, enough to learn and understand medical terminology. With an RN license, graduates are able to work at medical institutions or health and welfare facilities.
  2. Various Educational Options
    In the Graduate School of Nursing, we offer two options for a master’s degree in nursing. In the public health nursing track, students will earn a master’s degree and become eligible to take the national examination to be licensed as a public health nurse. In the other track, students develop knowledge and skills to conduct research. Graduates are able to apply for doctoral programs to continue research that advances nursing knowledge. To apply for our graduate programs, applicants are required to have a Japanese registered nursing license.
  3. Excellent Faculty and Student Support
    All of our faculty members are experienced educators, practitioners, and researchers. A dedicated team of professors and staff provides consistency in the entirety of the curriculum, from lectures to clinical practicums. Our department offers a faculty-based academic advising system to support students’educational and career success and help them deal with personal concerns.

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