There are three departments in the School of Human Sciences, Waseda University.
The "environment", as covered by the Department of Human Behavior and Environmental Sciences, involves several aspects. Students not only learn about ecological natural environments, but also environments such as the physical environment of humans, artificial environments, cultural environments, and social environments.These environments have been impacting each other since the beginning of human civilization and continue to maintain a cyclical relationship of mutual change. In the Department of Human Behavior and Environmental Sciences, students will understand how complex and multifaceted environments are closely related to people and their activities.
The department aim to communicate research results to the public and contribute to human happiness and well-being. In this department, humans and the environment are considered as one, rather than two opposing entities. The relationship between humans and the environment is explored from a human sciences perspective.
Humans have a great impact on the environment and vice-versa, and this impact has transformed us. Various factors are intertwined in this cyclical relationship, giving birth to today's challenges. To deal with these challenges, this department has prepared a wealth of learning materials covering the humanities and sciences.
The Department of Human Behavior and Environmental Sciences consists of four research areas: biology and environment, society, culture, and psychology and behavior. These do not constitute a limited system, such as a "course system", but a systematic explanation of the areas of learning. These areas begin with natural and environmental sciences and include sociology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, psychology, architecture, etc. among others. Talented researchers from various fields gather to impart rich interdisciplinary knowledge in these areas. Furthermore, learning in each of these areas does not take place in a vacuum. Subjects are taught in such a way that humans are on the central axis with the "environment" as the key, and learning takes place in a relationship in which the various research areas simultaneously widen their scope and are linked with each other.
A distinctive characteristic of the School of Human Sciences is that there are few barriers between its departments. While enrolled in the Department of Human Behavior and Environmental Sciences, interested students can also sign up for subjects offered by other Waseda University departments, making for a free and flexible learning environment. This department offers comprehensive knowledge related to the human environment and aims to train human resources with the skills they would need to meet the challenges that the students themselves discover through their own studies. Proceeding to graduate school allows the students to further learn and research the humanities and sciences of humans and the environment.
Students in this department learn ""health and social welfare"" from a grand, unprecedented, broad, unique perspective. The department also develops health science and social welfare science, both of which are predicted anticipated to be in great demand in the future. Modern themes are dealt with, while aiming to create the ideal role for ""new health and social welfare"". For this purpose, the approach of this department is not limited to the perspectives of humanism and social sciences, but covers that of the natural sciences as well. The objective is that talented social welfare and health specialists are trained to lead the global society of the twenty-first century.
A distinctive characteristic of the Social Welfare and Health Department is that it combines social welfare and health with life sciences and medical bioscience. In order to meet the modern challenges and social needs in health and welfare, this department's learning materials combines the humanities with science; for example, welfare engineering and medical engineering constitute the ""hardware"", while social work, clinical psychology, life sciences, and medical bioscience constitute the ""software"". The department aims to find ""solutions"" to meet diverse needs by considering community perspectives such as government, management, environment, information, infrastructure, and welfare education. These areas of learning are not independent but related to each other, and through this wide range of learning, students can enhance their knowledge in the five areas right from their junior year.
The faculty members who are experts in the fields of social welfare, health, and medicine have teamed up to create a new approach to social welfare and health. Particular emphasis is placed on learning in the field of medicine. Since almost half of the faculty members have doctorates in medicine (including those with medical licenses) in addition to traditional health and welfare science, students also gain specialized knowledge in medicine. Thanks to the excellent faculty, the curricula allows for multilayered learning in which welfare is covered from the perspective of health or medicine and psychology is applied to social welfare and health.
Students who complete the necessary number of credits can gain eligibility for the ""Certified Social Worker"" examination, a national qualification, and can be eligible to obtain a High School Teacher License Type 1 in Welfare . An enrollment model for these qualifications has been prepared. Students can also obtain the national qualification of ""Health Supervisor"". In addition, on completion of the Graduate School Master's Course, students are eligible for the qualification of ""Clinical Psychologist"".
With respect to future career paths, the need for social welfare and health continues to grow stronger, and hence, there are an increasing number of opportunities for success in these areas. Moreover, students who proceed to the graduate school have the option of becoming researchers and specialists in health and welfare.
""Information science"" as covered by the Department of Human Informatics and Cognitive Sciences does not refer to just ""computer science"". It covers the way in which humans take in information and how they utilize and apply it; thus, it includes ""information"" from the stage of processing to its application. Therefore, understanding humans scientifically through ""information"" is the aim of this department.
Specifically, this department has established five research areas: information science, cognitive science, education engineering, communications, and human factors. Learning and research in these areas are undertaken using cutting edge approaches. In the Department of Human Informatics and Cognitive Sciences, information and information technology are understood as means of communication, and the relationship between ""humans"" and ""information"" is explored using multifaceted approaches. What is common to the five research areas of this department is the perspective of the ""transmission of information"". These five areas do not constitute a limited course system. From the seminars in their junior year, students will belong to a faculty office and will join a particular professor's seminar. Students work intensively with this one professor to enhance their specialization. There are a wide range of specialized subjects that students are allowed to sign up for according to their interests.
Each of the research areas in this department consist of four or five faculty members who conduct their own classes and research. The pride of this department is fundamental elements to the faculty's educational approach are that (1) the faculty members possess highly specialized knowledge, and (2) the research areas cover a wide range of fields, including education, environment, welfare, engineering, and cognitive science (with information as the key). The faculty member’s growing interdisciplinary knowledge of the instructors enhances the content of their lectures and seminars, and the basic approach of human sciences, that matter is that issues are best considered from many points of view understood in many ways, is well expressed in all classes in this department.
""Education"" is one of the primary research themes of this department. For a long time now, the School of Human Sciences has promoted worldwide education, such as research into remote education and international cooperative learning. The accumulated knowledge is also sufficiently utilized in the School’s unique correspondence education program (e-school). This e-school offers high-quality distance learning that is very different from the traditional image of correspondence education. The education and research results of this e-school are offered as important sources of feedback to for the undergraduate school. As such, based on the theme of education, the different learning situations provided in this program are strongly related to each other, thus creating a fulfilling educational environment."