Kinjo Gakuin University


Graduate Schools and Colleges/Departments

Colleges and Departments


Through their study of Japanese, foreign languages, and musical performance, students in the College of Humanities will cultivate skills in linguistic performance, self-expression, and artistic expression while reflecting on traditional culture and developing a profound awareness of art and culture as products of deep human experience. Graduates will be ready to take the lead in both contemporary and future society as they aim to share the benefits of high culture: sophistication that incorporates viewpoints from all eras and civilizations as well as guiding principles for human behavior.

Department of Japanese Culture

Students in the Department of Japanese Culture will go beyond the study of Japanese literature to gain a broader view of Japanese culture as a whole, meanwhile developing the ability to present their findings to others. In addition to courses aimed at future secondary and high school teachers, this department offers courses for those wishing to be certified as librarians, librarian-teachers, or museum curators as well as those looking to teach Japanese to students aiming to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Department of English

Students in the Department of English will gain a broad understanding of the cultures and language of the English-speaking world, with a particular focus on England and the US-developing high-level English language skills in the process. Courses in this department include those aimed at future secondary and high school teachers as well as programs for those looking to teach English to children, become interpreters or translators, or work in the airline industry. Graduates will be ready to enter the professional world either in Japan or abroad.

Department of International Communication

Students in the Department of International education will develop the ability to communicate in English as well as in either French, German, or Chinese. They will also come to understand other cultures from the perspective of Japan, and apply the resulting insights in a way that benefits Japanese society. Graduates will have the practical skills they need to make their mark on the world, whether as secondary or high school teachers or as Japanese teachers with a deep understanding of their students’ native tongue.

Department of Music and Art

In the Department of Music and Art, students will develop a fine sensitivity through performance activities as well as penetrating insight through their understanding of artistic works and artistic activities. Tapping into these strengths as well as the willpower that comes from self-discipline will allow graduates to succeed in either music or a variety of social fields.


Human Life and Environment

The goal of study in the College of Human Life and Environment is to be able to achieve an everyday life characterized by true abundance. Students will academically and comprehensively probe into a variety of issues facing humanity and the environment, developing the practical knowledge and skills needed to solve them. Particular focus will be placed on resolving the problems of everyday life as students cultivate the skills needed to propose and follow through on people-friendly and environmentally-friendly solutions.

Department of Life Management

Students in the Department of Life Management will gain the specialized knowledge and skills they need to resolve the issues plaguing family and consumer life, addressing environmental factors from the perspective of everyday living. Graduates will be well-equipped for a successful career in family services or consumer welfare. The program develops life planning skills so that students know how to practically apply information and make the most of their own lives, which in turn gives them the ability to propose ways of living and living conditions that maximize quality of life.

Department of Environmental Design

Study in the Department of Environmental Design trains students to practically address environmental challenges in clothing, housing, and community planning. They will take an academic approach to investigating people-friendly and environmentally-friendly manufacturing practices, focusing on concepts such as universal design, amenities, and green living from the perspective of everyday people. The ability to take practical, creative action in the technical and policy arenas will be developed.

Department of Food and Nutritional Environment

The Department of Food and Nutritional Environment is for those looking to become certified dieticians capable of managing the dietary needs of modern people to keep them healthy and prevent disease. With a focus on fundamental academic skills, students will gain a broad and cross-cutting understanding of a wide range of specialist topics while cultivating sophisticated problem-solving skills. They will study the connections between lifestyle and living conditions as they develop the ability to scientifically examine life and holistically manage food and health choices.


Global and Media Studies

Students in the Global and Media Studies take a comprehensive approach to acquiring specialized knowledge and skills for an increasingly global and information-driven age. They start by developing a multifaceted perspective that gives them a profound grasp of how the modern world is structured and the systems that make it run. Eventually, they become able to make full use of their sophisticated expertise and practical abilities to tackle real-world problems in a professional context. The nine key areas of focus in which students are equipped to solve real-world problems are international community, community research, modern society, international business, women’s leadership, advertising, media communications, information design, and information technology-with courses designed to give them the practical skills they need to succeed in these fields.


Human Sciences

The College of Human Sciences seeks to understand three core aspects of the human experience: development, psychology, and mutual support. Each department in the college addresses these themes by having students develop a profound, specialist’s understanding of the topic. All share the basic principle of pursuing a comprehensive understanding of human beings and cultivating graduates that are able to live a self-driven life both personally and professionally in our rapidly-changing world.

Department of Childhood Education/Department of Child Study

Students in this department study the development of human beings over a lifetime, with a particular focus on the more critical early stages of development from infancy to childhood. Courses address a broad range of topics, including child psychology, education, upbringing, welfare, culture, and more. Graduates will have the specialized abilities they need to become kindergarten teachers, nursery school teachers, or elementary school teachers-or for a career at parenting support centers or one of the many other institutions dedicated to healthy family life.

Department of Multidisciplinary Psychology

The goal of study in the Department of Multidisciplinary Psychology is to gain a profound understanding of human psychological activity and social behavior through the broad-based study of foundational psychological principles. Students will elect to pursue more specialized psychological knowledge and skills based on their academic interests and career goals, while graduates will be equipped to serve as experts in the human heart and mind, able to flexibly respond to the myriad challenges we face in modern society.

Department of Community and Social Welfare

Japan is facing an increasingly aged population with fewer children, and must create a society that cares for and supports its people. Students in the Department of Community and Social Welfare take a broad-based approach to community and social welfare studies-one that includes both theoretical and practical perspectives. Graduates will have the specialized knowledge and skills they need in these areas to succeed in a variety of fields, whether they choose to work at an institution that provides social services or in healthcare, education, housing, or other related areas. They will be ready to take a leading role in community development activities that put everyday people at the center.



Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy develops sophisticated generalist pharmacy practitioners complete with advanced communication skills and a profound understanding of the human heart and mind. Graduates will have what it takes to become successful pharmacists who are trusted members of the healthcare settings in which they work as well as in the wider community. The program develops students’ problem-solving skills through an extensive pharmaceutical curriculum that is tailored to women. As the entire course of study is grounded in well-equipped research environments, graduates may also choose to work in drug research and development, making the most of perspectives developed in hands-on medical settings.



Department of Nursing

Students in the Department of Nursing are trained to contribute to higher-quality nursing through a devotion to ongoing study, bringing to their careers solid nursing skills and the ability to put them to work along with an expert knowledge of nursing that allows them to think creatively and be decisive when needed. They are true caregivers driven by a deep reverence for human life and the heart to serve with kindness, respecting diversity in both values and culture.