Showa Women’s University offers a wide range of programs and courses that will allow students to develop both intellectually and ethically. Students learn through a variety of experiences to become sophisticated women, who will be actively involved in the front lines of society, not only at home but also overseas. They are also encouraged to take a deep interest in the global situation and to be both creative and inquisitive.
Here are a list of some course descriptions to get a grasp of the courses that SWU offers.
List of Japanese Teaching and General Liberal Arts Courses
List of Courses offered by Departments
*There are also several Japanese Language courses designed only for international students.
*Due to limitations as to the number of students allowable and the Japanese proficiency level required to take courses, not all applicants may be able to take their desired course.
Faculty of Humanities and Culture
Department of Japanese Language and Literature
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 from the Teaching Japanese as Foreign Language course study how to teach Japanese to foreigners.
Department of History and Culture
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 learn about three academic methodologies: practice, field work, and philological methods.
Department of English Language and Communication
Students develop their practical English abilities to a high level so that they can work in international society. Sophomore students spend from 5 to 17 months at Showa Boston. After returning from Boston, they continue to enhance their practical English skills and concentrate on academic categories, including English and American Literature and Culture, English Linguistics, Teaching English to Children, Media Communication and Business Communication.
Department of International Studies
The department provides students with a wide variety of perspectives to grasp global issues and attain fluency in two foreign languages (English + French, Spanish, German, Chinese or Korean). They spend a semester at Showa Boston or affiliated schools in Shanghai or Seoul. The aim of the department is to prepare graduates who can play an active role worldwide with their practical knowledge and skills.
Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Department of 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. Through conducting psychological study and practices, using various research techniques on human subjects, knowledge can be developed.
Department of Social Welfare
We train experts who can understand humanity and society scientifically and contribute to the maintenance and promotion of happiness in human life. The department has three courses: social work, welfare career, and parenting support.
Department of Contemporary Liberal Arts
Students learn the basics of social science, widen their perspective through three interdisciplinary courses—modern society, economy and management, and international society—and cultivate their thinking faculties to properly grasp and analyze today’s problems. They can also improve their skills in English, Japanese, and computers, and learn to articulate their ideas precisely.
Department of Elementary Education
Through a variety of different educational means, we train students to become educators who, with humanity, sociability, leadership, and professional knowledge of education, are willing to tackle problems related to children. There are two courses; in which the double license for kindergarten and elementary school can be obtained, or that for kindergarten and nursery.
Faculty of Human Life and Environmental Sciences
Department of Environmental Science and Design
We foster human resources which contribute to the pleasant and beautiful design of our environment, which is required in each of our fields. After completing the “basics of life and design,” students pursue one of the four specialized courses: production design, architecture and interior design, product design, and clothing design and management.
Department of Health and Design
We train experts in health science who support people’s health holistically. Based on the knowledge of dietary techniques, students can pursue one of three specialized fields: food science, sensory perception, or exercise.
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
The purpose of this department is to cultivate registered dietitians who can apply their professional knowledge to medical services and nutritional administration in
hospitals and welfare institutions. Through numerous experiments and practicums, students can improve their faculties of synthesis and communication that are required for actual work conditions. At graduation, students are expected to pass the national examination for registered dietitians.
Faculty of Global Business
Department of Business Design
The department offers five fields of knowledge needed to become a female business leader active on a global level. By studying marketing, accounting, management and economic principles both in Japanese, and English, students acquire a global perspectives and problem solving skills to enrich their personal career. Students will also participate in study projects involving companies and attend lectures held by variety of instructors with experience in the real business field.