As part of Waseda University’s 100th anniversary, the Tokorozawa Campus was established in April 1987 in the Sayamakyuryo Hills, surrounded by trees and a lake. A new School of Human Sciences was founded on this campus. Instead of following the pattern of conventional undergraduate schools, the School of Human Sciences offers a comprehensive range of sciences with a focus on humans. At the same time, the Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences was established here as a joint use research facility for university students. Comprehensive research projects were developed here in an interdisciplinary environment, spanning the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
Waseda University’s Graduate School of Human Sciences was proposed during the preparatory phase of the School of Human Sciences. Its establishment was approved by Faculty Committee that same year, not long after the undergraduate school had been completed, and the Establishment Preparations Committee started to take action. In 1990, the university’s Executive Board approved plans to establish a graduate school offering life science and health science majors, including a diverse range of fields from humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. It would be named the Graduate School of Human Sciences, and was later submitted to the Ministry of Education where it received approval.
In April 1991, 24 research guidance courses were established for the Graduate School of Human Sciences Master’s Program. In March 1993, 49 students graduated with a Master’s Degree in Human Sciences. After that, 19 research guidance courses were established for the Doctoral Program in April 1993. Furthermore, three years later, four students received their Doctoral Degree in Human Sciences upon thesis review in March 1996. In 1997, the school began reviewing extracurricular theses as well.
Since 2000, we have been actively creating and developing new additions to the Graduate School of Human Sciences, by offering an adult entrance examination, reorganizing research guidance courses, integrating human science majors, and increasing student enrollment limits.
In September 2004, the Faculty of Human Sciences was formed from the School and Graduate School of Human Sciences, and in 2006, the usual five areas of research were expended to eight, in an effort to further clarify research and educational content.
In order to promptly and flexibly meet the needs of society, we started a one-year limited Master’s Program (the Education Clinic Course) as part of the adult entrance examination in 2007, designed to develop hands-on, highly-skilled workers.