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Department of Human Science

The Department of Human Sciences is made up of two broad fields. The first is "Applied Humanities" which pursues the scientific study of the many forms of human creative expression in areas such as philosophy, literature and the arts. The second is "Clinical Psychology" which covers fundamental knowledge related to psychological counseling aimed at psychological healing. We take pride in offering a prestigious faculty of specialists learned in a variety of fields such as philosophy, literature, women's studies, the arts, environment, and psychology who together offer a comprehensive and interdisciplinary pursuit of "human expression" that goes beyond the traditional framework both in research and education. We explore the expression of the human mind from three intersecting points: image, language and the body.

In addition to the regular lectures, the department offers a unique way of training where students are able to actually experience and participate. Also, by working in close cooperation with research societies and symposiums sponsored by the Human Sciences Research Center, students are given the opportunity to pursue their fields of specialty in depth.

Moreover, a course where students may acquire qualifications to become museum curators for art and natural history museums has been established, support is offered for those wishing to become environmental counselors or biotope administrators, and a support system has also been designed for those moving on to graduate school to become clinical psychologists.

Faculty member
Name Title Field of Research Subject of Research
KAWATA, Tokiko Professor Theory of Art The theory of modern and contemporary art, and art history. Particularly on art criticism.
KITAGAWA, Megumi Professor Clinical psychology, Personality development Development of projective method to assess individual differences of attachment. Application of attachment research to clinical practice.
KIMURA, Hiroshi Professor Philosophy, Ethics Researches of philosophical responsibility and Environmental Ethics
MORI, Shigeyuki Professor Clinical Psychology (Trauma Study) Study and practice of psychotherapy with traumatized people, mainly with children.
NISHI, Kinya Professor Theory of Art and Literature, History of Ideas Comparative study of aesthetic discourse in modern Japan and Europe.
TOGASHI, Koichi Professor Psychoanalysis, Clinical Psychology Theoretical study on and practice in contemporary psychoanalytic self psychology and relational psychoanalysis.
FUKUI, Yoshikazu Professor Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Somatic Psychology Relationship among child abuse, dissociation, adult attachment style, treatment of complex PTSD using EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, TFT, and hypnosis.
KOYASU, Masuo Professor Cognitive and Developmental Psychology Researches on the development of metaphor comprehension, perspective-taking, theory of mind, and others.
ONISHI, Ayako Associate Professor Clinical psychology, Social psychology Researches of bullying/victimization, social skill and school adjustment. Psychological intervention in bullying and cyber-bullying in students.
OSAWA, Kaori Associate Professor Clinical Psychology, Medical Psychology, Health Psychology Researches on effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) for trauma-related symptoms (e.g., PTSD, depression, anxiety).