Food is a vital element of daily life that has a variety of aspects such as flavor, nutrition, health, cookery, processing, storage, and safety. All areas of research regarding food will continue increasing in importance. The Department of Nutrition and Food Science offers a comprehensive view of the diverse fields related to food, and equips students with specialized knowledge and practical skills required to promote the healthy and enjoyable dietary life of the people.
The Department of Human-Environmental Sciences approaches such familiar issues as clothing, drinking water, architecture, and medical welfare from the standpoint of science and engineering with an aim to discover ways to resolve problems. Amid expectations to return to society the research outcomes as scientific technology, the department fulfills a pioneering role by focusing on themes related to lifestyle and environment. Students in the department will study practical applications of scientific technology, timely initiatives toward issues in lifestyle-related fields, and applications in and evaluations from society regarding the outcomes of research.
The Department of Human Life Studies consists of the three following divisions. Students will select one of three major programs offered by each division prior to entering the second year. First-year students will take divisional, fundamental and introductory programs along with liberal arts programs in order to gain experience addressing issues from a broad and multidimensional perspective.
The Division offers classes in developmental psychology, clinical psychology, early childhood care and education, child studies, and child sociology as well as related methodologies. Students will learn the basic research methods of psychology such as experiments, observation, interviews, psychological testing and questionnaires and also develop the competence to communicate with and understand children in a manner appropriate to child care through practicum at the kindergarten and nursery school adjunct to the university.
Multiple problems surround us, such as increases in irregular employment, poor labor conditions, medical and care-giving systems in societies with a low birthrate and an aging population, discrimination, inequality, poverty, domestic violence, child abuse, and the challenge of balancing home and work life. The Division approaches these social issues from the standpoint of ordinary people and the quality of everyday life, and analyzes them using legal, political, economic, and sociological methods as well as through the framework of gender research to develop ways to resolve these issues.
The Division takes an interdisciplinary approach to inquire into the various cultural phenomena surrounding daily life. It focuses on looking at the culture of “objects” in daily life from a historical and contemporary perspective. That is, it takes the elements that shape our lives such as dress, dwellings, crafts, and design, examines them from multiple angles using the methods of comparative culture, folklore, history, and art, and aims to create new cultural theories.