Graduate School of Community and Human Services

Niiza Campus


Exploring social welfare with an interdisciplinary approach


Graduate School of Community and Human Services

Towards the formation of social welfare to respect "life"

The Graduate School of Community and Human Services performs comprehensive studies of social welfare comprised of four fields of research: social work, community policy, sport and wellness, and welfare anthropology.
In April 2008, the College of Community and Human Services was reorganized into a three-department structure, and underwent further development with the addition of the Department of Sport and Wellness. The greatest strength of the graduate school is its ability to weave together thought and practice to research the nature of social welfare, wellness, community, humanity, and life from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Social welfare is one of the most important themes of the 21st century. Modern society suffers from constant outbreaks of conflict and a widening gap between the rich and the poor. A number of never-ending social welfare issues arise in Japan; namely, declining birth
rate, aging society, weakened family structure, increasing disparities in income, weakening interpersonal relations, and social maladjustment. Today we will need, on a global scale, the formation of social welfare, where all the people in society may spend a peaceful life and pay respect for personality, identity, and "life."
To this end, the graduate school has developed a comprehensive curriculum comprised of (1) social work studies that use specialist skill of social work to research welfare problems and methods of solving those problems on an individual, familial, and local community scale, (2) community policy studies that research the formation and project management of policies to create and revitalize communities, (3) sport and wellness research that examines the ideal form of wellness in accordance with individual personalities and traits, from the perspectives of sports science and wellness science, and (4) welfare anthropology research that builds on these theoretical foundations to consider humanity and life itself in a multifaceted and comprehensive manner. Additionally, the Institute of Community and Human Services was established alongside the graduate school in 2009 to revitalize our research activities.


  • Graduate Program in Community and Human Services

    Equipped with an inclusive acceptance system based on the principle of for "human dignity”—Our graduate school has an inclusive system to accept people who wish to contribute to human dignity, such as working people who are already engaged in social work, as well as students who have majored in social welfare as undergraduates.

    Developing comprehensive social welfare studies in four fields
    We conduct research on welfare, communities, health, humanity, and life, guided by the basic principle “for the sanctity of life.” We provide a fresh, comprehensive curriculum comprised of four fields of study: social work, community policy, sport and wellness, and welfare anthropology.

    Cultivating interdisciplinary viewpoints
    We aim to cultivate interdisciplinary viewpoints in students, with a well-rounded faculty specialized in disciplines such as welfare studies, sociology, psychology, economics, local administration theory, NPO and NGO theory, anthropology of religion, bioethics, and sport and wellness studies.
    Rich exchange with other graduate schools
    Students can take courses in 11 universities that are part of the Council of the Department of Social Welfare, and use up to ten of the credits they obtain toward those needed to complete the program. The other member institutions of the Council are the graduate schools of Hosei University, Sophia University, Kanto Gakuin University, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan Women’s University, Japan College of Social Work, Rissho University, Japan Lutheran College, Shukutoku University, Taisho University, and Toyo University. In addition to credit exchange, the Council serves as a place where graduate students and faculty can interact and exchange information beyond the borders of universities, providing a good opportunity to extend one’s personal and information networks that are valuable for both research and practice. We also have a mutual audit system with the graduate schools of St. Luke’s International University. There are numerous ways to take advantage of these systems, whether you want to interact with graduate students from other universities with similar research themes, or hear opinions from perspectives that are different to yours.

    Well-rounded research support for graduate students
    Rikkyo University provides the Rikkyo University Special Fund for Research to support research by graduate students, and has systems to encourage presentations by graduate students at academic conferences. Additionally, the Graduate School of Community and Human Services has a unique system to support the individual research of graduate students, or joint research carried out by several graduate students with a student as representative, through the Institute of Community and Human Services Academic Research Promotion Fund. Around five projects are selected each year, yielding diverse research results.

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