The same problems that we find in our schools, such as bullying and arguing, we find in society at large. The ties that bind us together as a community are becoming ever looser with the changes in the state of the family and the community, and spread of an increasingly information-oriented society. The tensions that arise between groups or individuals as a result of these changes can be witnessed at all levels of society, be it at school, at work, in the home, in our neighborhoods, or in local community groups. In order to resolve these problems, we not only need our specialists to have a scientific understanding of the human being but also need them to have a deep appreciation of the essence of human nature and of the joy of dealing with other people. The Department of Psychology and Human Relations offers a program, unique in Japan, that combines theoretical learning with empirical studies. With courses drawn from a broad range of disciplines including psychology, education, and human relations studies, and through a range of empirical experiments the program combines an objective view of the changes in human emotions and the development of mind and body with a subjective view of the human person. By studying these two aspects, we deepen our understanding of the human person and of our very selves. As a result, we grow as humans.
Faculty of Humanities Chair of the Department of Psychology and Human Relations