College of Community and Human Services
The Community as an Axis to Bond Society Promoting Welfare and Dignity for All
One of the biggest challenges we face as a society this century is to develop a social welfare system that focuses on the needs of ordinary citizens. A community is a social organization in which people are able to full participate and collaborate together. In a community each person has a vital role to play and the ideal of well-being should be pursued for all. The College of Community and Human Services was established with the aim to develop a new school of social services that integrates a system of study based upon human welfare and has produced many highly qualified graduates. Each of the three departments shares a common facet in that students are able to study in small closely-knit groups right from their first year to their fourth year of study. The College of Community and Human Services provides an ideal learning environment in which all students and faculty are able to study on an equal basis, and the College focuses on producing highly skilled students ready to take upon the myriad of welfare challenges facing Japan and the world in the 21st century.
Department of Community Development
Developing a More Livable Community Fit for All CitizensThemes in community development consist of issues relating to our living spheres such as family, housing, health, labor, education, culture and the natural environment. It is necessary to identify and solve issues facing our community and then to formulate and promote policy at the regional level to benefit all members of society. Community development goes beyond regional or national government and is about comprehensive collaboration with businesses, NPOs, and local organizations to improve our communities. The aims of the Department of Community Development are to promote research and to produce human resources who can build better communities.
Tackling the Challenges of Daily LifeThe Department of Community Development is concerned about community issues, including child care support, dealing with juvenile delinquency and truancy, victim support, job searching assistance for the unemployed, and the promotion of better health.
Both Local and Global ApproachesIt is vital to take a global approach to community work based on cross-cultural and international understanding. It is also necessary to combine both global cooperative support and local policy to comprehensively consider various issues in our communities.
Department of Social Work
Treating ALL Human Beings with Dignity Pursuing Social Welfare in a New EraThe Department of Social Work trains social workers who are able to respond to the welfare needs of society. At present Japanese society is in a period of transition and in these changing times, in order to effectively deal with this, it is necessary for students to have systematic knowledge, to have the skills to deal with welfare problems and to be able to help those in need realize their potential.
Many former students of the department have gone on to pass the national qualification of social workers and psychiatric social workers.
Welfare as Integrated StudyIn the Department of Social Work, Students are provided with a comprehensive program in welfare services to encourage them to become social workers capable of dealing with people needing assistance with welfare, mental health and medical care.
Treating ALL Human Beings AffectionatelyWelfare is about valuing all human beings and at its root, seeks to provide warmth and caring for all. Students learn how to empathize with individuals who require care and about the difficulties they face in their daily lives.
Department of Sport and Wellness
Promoting a Culture of Sport and Wellness for EverybodyWellness goes beyond just health, and is multifaceted. In addition to physical health, wellness also considers our value system and the meaning of life. The Department of Sport and Wellness takes a comprehensive approach to improving people's fitness through wellness and promoting sports in communities through the study of physical exertion, prescriptions and assistance. It also contributes to support systems that promote exercise, sports, and wellness.
Beyond Just SportThe Department of Sport and Wellness does not only define sport as playing a game or taking part in an activity.
Instead, the Department offers a wide range of interesting courses to choose from such as athlete support, business in sport, how sport can install a sense of pride through the media, how to engage as a sports spectator, etc.
Qualification in a variety of FieldsStudents are able to gain a variety of qualifications in the department such as Junior and Senior high school physical education teacher licenses, health fitness programmers, recreation instructors, elementary sports instructors as recognized by the Japanese Sports Association for the Disabled etc.
Binding people together to create
Dedicated to Small-Group Education
From their very first year of study, all students are assigned an academic advisor and take small group seminars. One of the focuses is to improve writing and presentation skills, two of the fundamentals of tertiary education. And in consultation with faculty, students discuss what path of study they should pursue and how they should plan their studies whilst considering future career paths in depth. The students are also able to increase their yearning for academic success through taking special training courses provided according to the individual faculty specialties.
On-Site Training & Practical Experience in Various Fields
In their second year, students begin field studies and workshops in their chosen specialty studies. In each program they undertake preparatory work in collecting resources with the aim to fuse these skills with practical experience and training. Students are also encouraged to be proactive and undertake self-study and research outside of the classroom.
Students learn to contribute to the welfare of society through various cooperative programs, including some run in conjunction with Niiza and Shiki Cities in the locality surrounding the Niiza Campus for truancy support, as well as joint learning with the faculty of elementary schools. Other programs in the community include conferences on welfare policy, collaboration with high schools and undertaking surveys on welfare, conducted in Takahata City in Yamagata Prefecture.