Mejiro University

Mejiro University was established in 1994 as the fourth institution of learning in the Mejiro Gakuen Educational Foundation. Since that time, it has undergone rapid growth and bold changes and has evolved into a comprehensive university f eaturing six f aculties and 16 departments, as well as a graduate school composed of seven research schools. The university has two campuses, the "humanities-oriented Shinjuku campus" and the "health science and nursing-oriented Iwatsuki campus," each of which provides a distinctive education. With a constant grasp on the needs of the times and striving to "educate and send out" people which the world needs, Mejiro University continues to press f orward.


Message from the University President

Gunei Sato

President of Mejiro University

Mejiro University has thus far shown rapid growth. The schools practice a unique brand of education that includes creation of new educational sectors, close relationships between teachers and students, and other aspects that distinguish it from traditional, large institutions. Remaining highly responsive to the trends of the day, Mejiro University and Mejiro University College continue to advance along the road to further improvements, never to be satisfied with the present situation and prepared to make ground-breaking changes. The energy generated from the students and teachers is the source of Mejiro Gakuen's dynamic force.


Faculty

Faculty of Human Sciences

  • Department of Psychological Counseling

    Shinjuku Campus

    The department cultivates "experts of the mind" who can understand psychological problems and respond appropriately. Built around counseling courses, the curriculum covers the whole psychology range, including experimental psychology, school psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology, and aims to create a well-balanced learning experience, from the basics to theory and methodology. The professorial team brings rich experience in clinical psychology to the classroom, enabling the teaching of practical counseling methods. The department provides ample opportunities for eld studies, peer support, other experiential learning and cultivation of practical strengths. In the third year of study, the curriculum is divided into two courses, Counseling Research and Psychology Research, for more specialized learning. Practice exercises and seminars emphasize polishing the four skills of "reading," "summation," "presentation" and "argument," boosting the communication skills necessary for every career path.

  • Department of Social Welfare Services

    Shinjuku Campus

    Social welfare is the "ability of any person living in society to pursue their own happiness." Therefore, people who are engaged in social welfare services must have a deep understanding of each individual person. The Department of Social Welfare Services emphasizes thinking about society and people, and about how society works. The department uses a curriculum that freely draws upon courses in other departments to encourage education that fosters a rich humanity and cultivates a good sense of balance. In addition, guidance is provided by a teaching team with advanced specialist skills and knowledge in social welfare, to train social welfare specialists, mental health welfare specialists, and nursing welfare specialists with strong practical skills. A job and research training program is designed to develop a "welfare mindset" that encourages respect for the users of welfare services.

  • Department of Child Studies

    Shinjuku Campus

    The department offers a comprehensive view of the situations facing the modern child to train people capable of providing suitable support in response to children's growth and development, and to the family life cycle. The Department of Child Studies aims for an understanding of children with emphasis on respect for children's lives and rights, and providing suitable support for them. To those ends, the curriculum is structured so that students obtain a good balance of the two academic disciplines of "preschool education" and "child welfare" with the goal of producing graduates who are highly specialized nursery staff and nursery school teachers, and are able to contribute to society in the eld of child welfare. Graduates are active in a wide range of areas in child care and early childhood education and in child-rearing support and children's welfare, as specialists in the healthy development of the next generation.

  • Department of Childhood Education and Welfare

    Shinjuku Campus

    With the changing circumstances surrounding children, school educational circles encounter new challenges such as coping with globalization, enhancement of child-support, and transition to a lifelong learning system. To meet these sorts of social needs, the Department of Childhood Education and Welfare has instituted specialized courses in "child development and support," "multicultural coexistence," "sensibility and expression," "education practices in school," and "elementary school education." Students acquire eld-oriented approach and respect for the sense based on physical-related activities as a result of fruitful practice teaching programs and volunteering in education eld. Furthermore, thorough preparation for teacher employment exams raise students' ability to surmount it. Graduates are actively employed in elementary schools, after- school care programs, child welfare, special needs education and other fields supporting the growth of children. Career opportunities are also broadened with companies in related businesses.

Faculty of Studies on Contemporary Society

Faculty of Business Administration

  • Department of Business Administration

    Shinjuku Campus

    The department employs a curriculum that emphasizes practical directions in four specialized courses, including Accounting for learning accounting theory and practice; Business Administration for comprehensive study of basic management theory; Marketing for learning about distribution, advertising and consumer behavior; and Hospitality Management for learning that incorporates a theoretical perspective of the mechanisms comprising service and hospitality. The department also uses highly-concentrated small-group seminar education to develop students' ability to identify and investigate issues at companies and to link those to solutions. The department also provides support for students to practice in order to acquire presentation skills as well as to obtain certification in the Official Business Skill Test in Bookkeeping and other quali cations so as to develop the comprehensive skills which will enable them to play an active role in the future economic society.

Faculty of Foreign Language Studies

  • Department of English Language Studies

    Shinjuku Campus

    The curriculum includes a Core Program concentrating on the four basic English language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Core Program students are divided into small classes by learning level. The other courses in the curriculum, such as Topic Studies in which classes are led by native English speakers to cultivate discussion skills, are designed to help students acquire practical English skills. The exible course system which is divided into three paths, Business Communication, English Language and Culture, and English Language and Education, allows students to choose courses according to their tastes, interests and desired career paths. The aim of the department is to develop practical English language skills that can be used in many different circumstances, with an emphasis on nurturing people with an understanding of different cultures and with strong crisis management capabilities that can be used during difficult international situations. A semester abroad program, in which the autumn semester of the sophomore year is used for study abroad at an affiliate school overseas, is in principle a required subject for all students. This opportunity enables students to discover their future goals and topics for research.

  • Department of Chinese Language Studies

    Shinjuku Campus

    To develop a good command of the five Chinese language skills of "listening," "speaking," "reading," "writing" and "translating," the department provides comprehensive language education in six intensively-taught classes per week. Students are encouraged to become proactive in their learning and research, and receive guidance to enroll in courses suited to their learning level. A full complement of courses is provided to enrich students' understanding of China from multiple perspectives including social, cultural, economic and political, and both learning and nancial support are provided for students to acquire certification in Chinese language competence, qualification as interpreter-guides and other proficiencies. In addition, the program offers many opportunities to come in contact with Chinese culture, including both practical training (short-term study abroad) and long-term study abroad programs at universities in Chinese-speaking countries as well as interaction with Chinese students studying at Mejiro Gakuen to facilitate practical communication skills.

  • Department of Korean Language Studies

    Shinjuku Campus

    The department provides courses in Korean language study, history, culture and society, with an eye toward the development of "Korea experts." As a general rule, all students in their sophomore year can experience a one-year study abroad program at an af liate university in Korea. Furthermore, a dual degree program is also provided, allowing the students to take degrees at both Mejiro Gakuen and the affiliate university. A characteristic of the education offered is the emphasis on both the "acquisition of practical Korean language skills" and "experience-based cultural understanding", and classes are divided according to the pro ciency level of the students. Students are also provided with opportunities for "practical learning", such as participating at on-campus and off-campus events as interpreters as well as translating educational materials, which can lead to future careers. The department aims to send out into society, graduates who will become interpreters, translators, Korean language teachers and businesspeople, etc., people who can serve as bridges between Japan and Korea.

  • Department of Japanese and Japanese Language Education

    Shinjuku Campus

    With interest in Japanese as an international language rising, this department aims to assist students in acquiring knowledge and teaching methods for the Japanese language, and in deepening their understanding of Japanese society and culture. In keeping with students' interests and concerns as well as career path choices, the department offers two fields of study: one is "Japanese language education," which trains students to be outstanding Japanese language teachers sought out both in Japan and abroad, and the other is "Japanese language and culture" where students learn about Japanese language, customs, traditional culture, Japanese society and other such areas to acquire a more profound understanding of Japan and the Japanese language. The goal of the department is to develop Japanese language specialists who are equipped with an international attitude and training. The instructors will help and guide each student until he or she has rmly acquired the special skills required.

Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Department of Physical Therapy

    Iwatsuki Campus

    This department trains physical therapists so they have the skills and abilities to provide therapy and training that assists people with physical disabilities, resulting from illness or injury, recover function and reintegrate into society, as well as assist people of advancing age to prevent any functional decline. Students receive meticulous guidance from highly experienced teaching staff in well-equipped facilities and learning environments to gain skills in therapeutic and preventive physical therapy, which is grounded in scientific evidence. In light of the importance of clinical instruction, systematic clinical training is also provided incrementally beginning from students' rst year to develop their clinical competence. Physical therapists, who support patients over extended periods of time, also need training in human relations skills so that they develop patience, leadership and communication skills. Courses have been set to enable students to understand psychological and welfare issues facing people with disabilities, enabling them to develop a rich humanity for supporting patients.

  • Department of Occupational Therapy

    Iwatsuki Campus

    This department trains occupational therapists who can provide treatment that matches the specific needs of disabled people, developmentally impaired children, mentally disabled people, elderly people and others, as well as support for maintenance and improvement of "basic skills (operating functions, mental functions)," "applied skills (eating, using the toilet, and other life activities)," and "social skills (participation in local activities, preparation for employment or schooling)." The program helps students obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to become an occupational therapist, and also emphasizes the formation of human-relation skills essential to reaching out to the patient. The department, with detailed guidance by an educational staff with rich practical experience, aims to develop professionals that patients can trust. Moreover, in view of the importance of clinical education, clinical practice is implemented from the freshman year onward. The program fosters enthusiasm for the work while at the same time assisting students in learning how to apply treatment and assistance calmly and objectively.

  • Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Therapy

    Iwatsuki Campus

    Speech, language and hearing therapists (SLT) are the professionals who assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, swallowing, or cognitive-communication disorders. Such disorders may hinder effective communication or deteriorate persons' mental activities.
    In this department, we teach students the science of communication disorders and skills to treat them. We also try to cultivate their rich humanity. Our goal is to foster professionals in the eld of speech, language and hearing therapy with expert knowledge and thoughtful consideration to others.

Faculty of Nursing

  • Department of Nursing

    Iwatsuki Campus

    Nursing is a specialization that seeks to support specific health issues as well as maintain and improve the health of all people, families and communities. The department offers a curriculum consisting of courses in the ve disciplines required for professional nursing staff: "understanding of people," "social cooperation," "basics of nursing," "nursing practice" and "integrated nursing," so that students study in stages while acquiring knowledge in theory and practice. Practical clinical study is conducted in each year of the curriculum so that students repeatedly face actual situations in practice. This develops the sensitivity and mentality necessary for supporting others, and it improves and consolidates their practical nursing skills. We aim to educate people who can foster happiness in others by promoting high aspirations and a sense of mission for serving others, imparting the ethical philosophy required in nursing to preserve life and dignity while placing themselves in the other person's shoes, and training in integrated practical skills to enable our graduates to independently perceive and resolve issues.