Undergraduate Programs

Showa Women’s University offers curricula that encourage students to develop intellectually and socially. Critical thinking and intellectual curiosity are vital elements of our academic programs; leadership skills are cultivated through real-world practical experience. Students are taught to take an active interest in events in the wider world, and to make a meaningful contribution to that world by empowering themselves with knowledge and experience.

Faculty of Humanities and Culture

Department of Japanese Language and Literature

Academic disciplines
Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature(classic, modern era, children’s literature), Japanese language education, culture(media, subculture)

There are three fields to choose from: Japanese Literature, Japanese Language, and Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language. Students in Japanese Literature study classical and modern Japanese literary works along with children’s literature. Students focusing on Japanese Language study the structure and the history of the language. Students in the Teaching Japanese as Foreign Language course study how to teach Japanese to nonnative speakers of Japanese.

Department of History and Culture

Academic disciplines
history and geography, fine arts and ethnic culture(Japan, the West, the Orient), archaeological and cultural assets

Students study the history and culture of Japan and the world. They explore four basic fields of study: History and Archeology, Art and Traditional Culture, the Culture of Region and Race, and Cultural Assets and Museology. They also lean academic methodologies pertinent to historical inquiry.

Faculty of International Humanities

Department of English Language and Communication

Academic disciplines
English and American literature and culture, English linguistics, teaching English, media communication, business communication
*Students are required of overseas study.

Students develop their English abilities to communicate effectively in the international community. Students spend from 5 to 17 months during their freshman and sophomore years at our Boston campus. After returning from Boston, they continue to enhance their English skills, and start concentrating on five academic areas: English and American Literature and Culture, English Linguistics, Teaching English, Media Communication and Business Communication.

Department of International Studies

Academic disciplines
foreign languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese), international and regional studies, international cooperation
*Students are required of overseas study.

Students acquire knowledge and critical thinking skills to understand issues surrounding the world, while attaining proficiency in two foreign languages (English + French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese). Students are required to study at our Boston campus, or one of our partnership schools in Alkala (Spain), Shanghai, Seoul or Hanoi. The aim of the department is to prepare graduates who can play an active role in a rapidly globalized world.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

Academic disciplines
clinical psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology

Psychology allows us to understand the human mind and behavior scientifically. Using clinical, social, developmental, and cognitive approaches, students can acquire an unbiased, basic knowledge of psychology with a broad perspective. Increased knowledge is attained and developed through carefully designed research and fieldwork.

Department of Social Welfare

Academic disciplines
community-based welfare, the health medical care welfare, the international welfare, child welfare, social work, volunteer

We educate our students to attain a deeper, scientific understanding of people and society and, to contribute to the building of a happier social environment. The department has three courses: Social work, Careers in Welfare, and Child care.

Department of Contemporary Liberal Arts

Academic disciplines
sociology, area study, study of media

Students attain a deep knowledge of social science and widen their perspectives through three interdisciplinary courses: Modern society, Economics and Management, and International Society. Critical thinking skills are honed to properly grasp and analyze today’s issues. Courses in English and Japanese, advanced computer literacy, and communication skills further enhance their capabilities.

Department of Elementary Education

Academic disciplines
elementary education, preschool education, pedagogy

Through a variety of different courses and programs, we help our students to attain a deep knowledge of elementary education. The cultivation of interpersonal skills, compassion and leadership is prioritized to help our students pursue their careers. There are two courses; Kindergarten and Elementary School, and Kindergarten and Nursery. Both courses qualify graduates to obtain double licenses in their chosen track.

Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences

Department of Environmental Science and Design

Academic disciplines
architecture and interior design, product design, clothing design, design produce

We educate our students to develop knowledge and skills in the designing of human environments. After completing introductory courses to learn the basics of environmental design, students choose one of the four specialized courses: Production Design, Architecture and Interior Design, Product Design, and Clothing Design and Management.

Department of Health Science

Academic disciplines
food science, nutrition, clinical nutrition, healthy science, food development, sports nutrition

We educate our students in health science, enabling them to take a holistic approach to supporting human health. After attaining the basic knowledge of nutrition, students choose of the three specialized fields: Food Science, Sensory Science, or Sports Nutrition and Fitness.

Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Academic disciplines
food science, nutrition, clinical nutrition

The purpose of this department is to educate registered dietitians who can apply their professional knowledge to medical services and nutritional administration in hospitals and welfare institutions. Through numerous experiments and practica, students can build the skills they need to work as professional dietitians. At graduation, students are expected to pass the National Examination for Registered Dietitians.

Department of Food Safety and Management

Academic disciplines
food hygiene, food and restaurant business, food management

The purpose of this department is to educate professionals who play a leading role in Japan’s food and restaurant business. Students learn the sciences of food, nutrition and hygiene, as well as business theories and practices (economics, marketing, risk management, etc.).

Faculty of Global Business

Department of Business Design

Academic disciplines
business administration, economics, marketing, business projects, business English and communication
*Students are required of overseas study.

Students acquire deep knowledge about business, as well as strong communication and problem-solving skills which are necessary attributes of future global business leaders. Our curriculum offers study in marketing, accounting, management and economic principles both in Japanese and English. Students also participate in business projects in partnership with private businesses, and are taught by our highly qualified faculty with strong business experiences.

Department of Accounting and Finance(tentative)