Faculty of Health and Social Welfare SciencesDepartment of Social Welfare Sciences

Love and respect for people leads to a brighter future. Creating a bright future is the mission of “welfare.”

Faculty of Health and Social Welfare Sciences Department of Social Welfare Sciences

What you will study in the Department of Social Welfare Sciences of the Faculty of Health and Social Welfare Sciences

Welfare is love and a sense of respect for fellow man.
Have pride and satisfaction in the field of welfare.

Social welfare science is a field of study that supports individual’s efforts to improve their life. Knowledge and skills are important in the study of social welfare science. But what’s at the foundation of this field is to have love and sense of respect for fellow man. The curriculum for this department, therefore, includes not only lectures but also wide-ranging practical training and exercises. Students acquire a sense of welfare through diverse programs they experience in the four years and accumulate practical knowledge and skills that can be put to use after joining the workforce.

The Department has the longest history in Kyushu as an education institute that offers studies in social welfare. Over the years, the university has sent out many welfare specialists throughout Kyushu. We encourage you to follow the footsteps of our graduates in supporting the community in the field of welfare. It is a worthwhile field that improves the lives of people, and those who work in this field are appreciated by the people they help. We hope that you can find pride and satisfaction in the field of welfare.

Points of Study

  • 1
    National social worker certification examination
    All courses in the Department qualifies the students to take the national social worker certification examination.
  • 2
    Select from four courses
    There are four courses you can choose from to best pursue your purpose, such as courses for certified care worker and psychiatric social workers.
  • 3
    Reassuring support system
    The department provides diverse support for students preparing for national exams through lectures, preparatory classes, private guidance and study camp.
  • 4
    Outstanding pass rate
    The university prides itself in the high national examination pass rate in Kyushu (more than 1,400 students).
  • 5
    Practical skills acquired through on-site learning
    Students acquire practical skills through practical training and exercises. Students’ experience at the Center for Community Cooperation helps them gain the ability to put their knowledge into practice which cannot be gained only through lectures.

Features of the Department

Features of the Department

All courses in the department qualify students to take the national examination for social worker certification!

The department offers four courses geared for students working on becoming social workers or other welfare professionals. Whichever course students choose, they will be qualified to take the national examination for social worker certification.
In addition for social worker certificates, each course offers preparatory programs to qualify for other national exams, such as certification for care workers and psychiatric social workers, according to the different goals and interests of students.

  • First Year
    Subjects covered in the first year include Basic Social Welfare, and subjects related to medicine and psychology. Students also acquire basic knowledge and skills required to support people.
  • Second Year
    Students move into diverse studies on social welfare services for elderly and challenged individuals. Students receive lectures and join exercises on actual welfare sites.
  • Third Year
    Students study specialized support methods and service management for social welfare. They undergo additional training and exercises, and take required course subjects to heighten their specialized skills.
  • Fourth Year
    Students accumulate greater knowledge and experience through additional training and exercises in preparation for national exams and for their professions after graduation.
The department provides full support through lectures and private-tutoring in preparation for national exams for professional certificates. Through training and exercises, and hands-on learning experience at the Health and Welfare Practice Center, students acquire practical skills that prepare them to be efficient workers immediately upon joining the workforce.
  • Social Work Course
    In addition to the subjects that qualify students to take the national exam for certified social workers, the curriculum covers subjects that allow students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for other social professions, including an understanding of the welfare system and assistance provision regulations. The curriculum actively introduces hands-on training sessions as well as programs that give them the opportunity to interact with the residents of local communities to acquire practical skills that will be useful in the workplace in the future.
  • Psychiatric Social Work Course
    This course of study trains students to be psychiatric social workers (PSW) who, as professionals, specialize in mental health and welfare services, assist individuals suffering from mental or emotional disorders and their families to cope with social problems and achieve social integration for their patients. Students acquire and increase their practical experience through lectures and exercises unique to Nishikyushu University, as well as through volunteer activities.
  • Care Work Course
    The curriculum in this course of study is designed for students hoping to acquire professional knowledge and skills in caregiving. The curriculum also covers subjects that quality students to take the national exams for social worker certification. Students gain a great deal of practical experience through caregiving drills and develop skills that prepare them for the workforce. Students who have completed the designated classes and have earned the required number of credits are eligible for national exams for social worker and care worker certifications.
  • Glocal Course
    This course of study covers welfare issues in the community, and studies on the subject of regional community development from a pluralistic perspective and the creation of community that brings happiness to all its residents. The course corresponds to an education system that is becoming globalized and actively accepts students from overseas, as well as dispatches students overseas to activate cross-cultural communication. Students acquire an international sense and develop into Glocal (Global + Local) individuals.