The city of Ebetsu, roughly at the center of the Ishikari plain in Hokkaido, is on the eastern border of Sapporo, the prefectural capital. The population is about 120 thousand. The Ebetsu’s residential area is in harmony with the rich natural environment, which includes Nopporo Forest Park. This harmony renders the surroundings ideal for living. Dotted with several universities including HOKUSHO, Ebetsu is also a city of education.
Many of our students commute from the Greater Sapporo area, since it is only about a 15-minute train ride from JR Sapporo Station to JR Oasa Station, which is close to HOKUSHO UNIVERSITY.
Hokkai Dress Maker Girls’ School, the forerunner of HOKUSHO UNIVERSITY, was established in Sapporo in 1939. In an era in Japan when it was not common for women to work as men did in society, the school started with a progressive founding principle: “Aiming to improve the social standing of women, our students will be trained in occupational skills and a wide range of education suitable for women so that they can become independent members of society.”
Women’s junior college was established in 1963, and in 1966 it was relocated to Ebetsu, the current location of the university, for the expansion of the area of campus. Departments were set up for fashion art, arts and crafts, physical education, primary education and management information and, in 2000, the women’s college became a coeducational university and junior college.
As we enter a new era, we will further pursue solid education and maintain the fine traditions of the university, under the educational philosophy of “love, harmony and wisdom,”
DEPARTMENT OF SPORT EDUCATION
From children to the elderly, from school education to competitive sports. For the aim of realizing “a society of lifelong sports” where people exercise to develop sound health, both mental and physical, students learn practical skills that enable them to act independently in a wide variety of situations.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE SCIENCE
HOKUSHO UNIVERSITY has trained many students to be professionals in the fields of welfare and nursing care. To further address accelerating demographic aging in Hokkaido, we established the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE SCIENCE for the creation of happiness in the new era.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The real pleasure of education for teachers is to share with students the excitement of growth. Why not be sensei (teachers) with warm, generous hearts who learn and develop themselves by teaching students. The DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, which trains students to be instructors who will teach students of 0 to 18 years of age, supports your studies.
DEPARTMENT OF ART AND DESIGN
It is the boundless power of art that fulfills the human instinct to seek beauty. By deeply and widely studying the fields of art, media design, interior design, fashion art, and performing arts, work to contribute to the invigoration of local communities.
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING
For as long as we live, we go about our lives with worries and troubles in our hearts. Everyone has surely had the experience of being relieved by the help of others. Wouldn’t you like to understand people’s minds in depth and to support the lives of people in different shoes?
DEPARTMENT OF LIFE DESIGN STUDIES
To design one’s life is to visualize one’s life goals and future direction. Start with what interests you, and then direct your attention to other fields to find out what direction you should take. By improving the fundamental competencies required of working people, you will find learning opportunities that will enable you to achieve your own goals.
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDHOOD STUDIES
For children, who are at the starting line of life, the sensei (nurses and teachers) at nursery schools and kindergartens are important guides. We train students to be instructors who nurture the personalities and develop the talents of children, so that the children are able to lead fruitful lives.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES
MASTER’S PROGRAM IN HUMAN SERVICES
We provide numerous specialized subjects of study aimed to aid the daily lives of children, the elderly and the challenged. By deepening their learning and studying with a view closely related to communities and living, students are encouraged to be creators of a new style of welfare. A teacher’s certificate can be obtained.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES
MASTER’S PROGRAM IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Students will be trained to be “certified clinical psychologists” who are able to understand from various angles the minds of people and to support them. Clinical practical training is compulsory in the first and second years. Including at HOKUSHO Clinical Psychology Center, students will have field experience, such as at psychiatric hospitals, clinics of psychosomatic medicine and welfare institutions. After the training, students aim to become certified clinical psychologists.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LIFELONG LEARNING
MASTER’S PROGRAM IN LIFELONG LEARNING SUPPORT STUDIES
HOKUSHO is the only graduate school in Hokkaido where you can get the qualification to sit for the certifying examination for “school psychologist.” You study the educational needs that the society in the future will seek, and you learn skills that enable you to play a leading role in educational study, social education and school education. We train our students to be contributors to the construction of a society of lifelong learning.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LIFELONG SPORT
MASTER’S PROGRAM IN LIFELONG SPORT
Sports science, applied health science and sports pedagogy are the fundamentals of our graduate school studies. Students will be trained to gain the ability to pursue academic study and acquire specialized skills regarding exercise, sports and health, so that they can play a leading role in the development of a lifelong sports society in cold, snowy areas including Hokkaido,.
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