Faculty and Department Overview

Faculty and Departmental Overview

At Gifu Women's University, we provide students with a strong basic education along with specific fields of education: the combination of which nurtures creativity, fair judgment, and personal elegance. There are two Faculties: the Faculty of Home Economics and the Faculty of Cultural Development. Students are expected to contribute to the local community with their specialized knowledge, and each faculty runs a number of workshops which opens this avenue up to students. Students are also urged to obtain multiple qualifications and licenses, depending on their department or major, and befitting each student's forte and personality. At Gifu Women's University, we also focus on the needs of the family, the locality, and the nation.

Features of Education at GWU

Student focused education is one characteristic of learning at Gifu Women's University. Each student has an advisor. Each advisor will take on the role of class room teacher as well as being a mentor to each individual student. That is, should a student, for some reason, not be able to achieve the necessary grades for passing on to the next year, her advisor will give her encouragement and due consultation.

Another feature is the double major system, not prevalent in Japan, but used by many of the students here. This system, where students major in one area, but can also gain substantial credits from other departments, facilitates the attainment of multiple credentials, thereby making the graduates of GWU extremely sought-after personnel.

Faculty of Home Science

The Faculty of Home Economics is divided into two departments: the Department of Health and Nutrition, and the Department of Home and Life Sciences, which is then divided into the two study areas of Home Economics, and Housing and Design.


Upon completion of studies at the Department of Health and Nutrition, students can find work in the health industry, medicine and sport, education, welfare, and food management. The department provides students with a choice of qualifications, each related to the field of health and nutrition, and each highly professional and respected.

Basic Professional Subjects
 Social Environmental Problems, Social Welfare Studies, Introduction to Public Health, Structure and Function of the Human Beings, Pathology Science Ⅰand Ⅱ, Biological Defense Theory, Anatomy and Physiology, Physiology Experiment, Clinical Training, Food Science, Functional Food Science, Life Stage Cooking Practice, Food Hygiene Practice, Food Science Experiment, Cooking Clinical PracticumⅠandⅡ.
Professional Subjects
 Basic nutritionⅠandⅡ, Nutrition Physiology Experiment, Life Stage Nutrition, Training Nutrition, Assessment Theory, Practical Nutrition.
 public NutritionⅠand Ⅱ, Public Nutrition Activities Theory, Public Nutrition Activities, Instructional Nutrition Theory, Nutrition Counseling Theory, Nutrition Education TheoryⅠandⅡ.
 Clinical Nutrition Particulars ⅠandⅡ, Pathology Nutritional Management, Clinical Nutrition PracticeⅠandⅡ.
 School Lunch Management Theory, School Lunch Management, Food Management Practice, School Lunch Management Practice, Clinical Practice, Nursing Welfare Training, School Nutritious Training, Training of Clinical Nutrition, Management Training.

The Department of Home and Life Sciences provides students with basic and professional knowledge pertaining to the three areas of survival and comfort: clothing, food, and housing. Students majoring in Home Economics can elect to study for a license of teaching home economics at junior or senior high school, or can aspire to gain a license to teach in a kindergarten.


Introduction to Home Economics, Introduction to children's studies, Introduction to Textile and Clothing, Introduction to Food Science, Introduction to Nutrition, Introduction to House and Design, Introduction to Living Design, Life Design Theory, housing and Design, Clothing Construction Practice, Childcare and Home Nursing (including Childcare Training), Clinical Cooking Practicum I, Home Machinery Engineering (including Information Processing), Home Economics Education I, Home Economics EducationⅡ.
Specialized Subjects Group Ⅰ (Clothing Life and sewing technology)
Chromatics, Color Science Exercises, Clothing Construction, Practical Learning of Costume Design, Culture and Clothing, Material Science, Clothing Organizing Science, Clothes Design Training Ⅰ, Clothes Design Training Ⅱ, Clothes Design Training Ⅲ, Clothes Design Training Ⅳ, Kimono Design Training Ⅰ, Kimono Design Training Ⅱ, Kimono Design Training Ⅲ, Kimono Design Training Ⅳ, Textile Design Training Ⅰ, Textile Design Training Ⅱ, fiber Science Experiment, Material Science Experiment, Dyeing Science Experiment, Apparel Planning Practice, Clothing Construction Application Training, Fashion Design Theory, Pattern Making Training, Fashion Design Drawing Practice
Specialized Subjects Group Ⅱ (Food and Life)
 Food Design, Diet Theory, Public Hygiene, Food Hygiene, Practical Food Preparation Studies, Cooking Science Applications Practice I, Cooking Science Applications Practice II, Interior Design Theory, Interior Design History
Specialized Subjects Group Ⅲ (Home-consumption Life)
 Family Relations, Social Welfare, Household Management Science, Home Economics, Consumer Theory, Introduction to Life Information, Life Information Processing Exercises, Exercise for Science of Consumption, Consumption Science
Special Professional Subjects Group
 Home Economics Education Ⅲ, Home Economics Education Ⅳ, Home Economics Education and Research Exercises, Home Economics Education Studies Ⅰ, Home Economics Education Studies Ⅱ, Life Science Education Exercises, Ecological Manufacturing Project, Medical Administration, Medical Administration Exercises, Medical Administration Practice, Medical Administration Practice Exercises, Life Sciences Special Activities Ⅰ, Life Sciences Special Activities Ⅱ (Overseas Training).
Introduction to Residential Science (including Design), Modern Architectural History, Foundation of Structural Mechanics Ⅰand Ⅱ, Ergonomics, Molding, Basic Drawing (including Design), Basic Exercises I and II, Application Exercises I and II, Architectural Planning Studies Ⅰ · Ⅱ, History of Japanese Architecture, History of Western Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Building Equipment Ⅰ · Ⅱ, Special Exercises for Architecture, Planning Ⅰ · Ⅱ, Building Regulations, Professional Exercises for Building Regulations Ⅰ · Ⅱ, General Building Structure Ⅰ · Ⅱ, Structural Mechanics Ⅰ, Mechanics of Materials, Building Materials Experiment, Professional Exercises for Building Structure Ⅰ · Ⅱ, Building Materials, Building Construction (including Integration), Professional Exercises for Building Construction Ⅰ · Ⅱ, Interior Design Theory, Interior Coordinator Professional Exercises Ⅰ · Ⅱ, Design Theory & Drafting Ⅰ · Ⅱ · Ⅲ, CAD Exercises Ⅰ · Ⅱ · Ⅲ

Faculty of Cultural Development

The twenty-first century is often called the age of culture and education. The culture of a nation, locality or extended family have long matured in this society, and Japan is now often considered to be a model for the rest of the world. In compliance with this new responsibility, it is quite meaningful for us to perceive, record, and acknowledge both the traditional and newly developed cultural aspects of our ever-changing community.

The Faculty of Cultural Development is chiefly divided into Department of Primary Education and the Department of a Cultural Development. The former raises students to be educators, teaching children the basics of this culture along with the usual scholarly contents. The latter is divided into three majors: Calligraphy and Japanese Language and Literature, Tourism, and Digital Archives. Each major has two to three courses from which the students may choose. Each course of study aims at heightening the students' cultural awareness through both classroom learning and outdoor practical activities.

In the Department of Primary Education, students will gain knowledge of child development, and learn to teach children of various ages (from infants to elementary school children). Students may elect to get a license to teach at nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary schools, or junior or senior high schools (as Japanese or English subject teachers), as well as a certificate in library studies.

Specialized Basic Fields
Music Basics, Arts and Crafts, Basic Physical Education, Fundamental Language Representation, Basis Childcare Contents, Comprehensive Childcare Theory, Childcare Content (Health), Childcare Contents (Environment), Childcare Contents (Human Relations), Childcare Content (Words), Childcare Content (Music), Childcare Content (Design), Music Training, Arts and Crafts Training, physical Education Training
Specialized field
Childcare Principle, Education Principle, Caregiver Theory, Teacher Theory, Social Care, Infant Psychology, Educational Psychology, Childcare Education Counseling I, Introduction to Children Studies, Social Welfare Counseling, Child and Family Welfare, Childcare Curriculum Theory, Curriculum Theory, Infant Care Exercises, disabled Children Childcare Exercises, Child Care Consultation, Support Exercises, Social Nursing, Child Health, Child Health Ⅱ, Child Health Exercises, Children's Food and Nutrition, Family Support Theory
Basic of Language Ⅰ, Basic of Language Ⅱ, Basic of Social Studies, Basic of Arithmetic, Basic of Science
Basic of Life, Basic of Music, Basic of Arts and Crafts, Basic of Home Economics, Basic of Physical Education
Elementary Education Method (Japanese, Social Studies, Arithmetic, Science, Life, Music, Arts and Crafts, Home Economics, Physical Education)
Professional Basis
Special Support Education, Introduction to Elementary Education, Teacher Research Ⅰ, Teacher Research Ⅱ, Teacher Theory
Principle of Education, Psychology of Education, Education System, Administration of Education, Curriculum Theory, Study of Moral Education,
Methodology of Education, Method and Skills of Teaching, Student Guidance, Educational Counseling

Major in Calligraphy and Japanese Language and Literature

Students here can learn about the history of calligraphy, as well as various styles and methods of expression. Alternatively, they may wish to focus their tuition on Japanese Literature and Culture. At Gifu Women's University, there are professors with in-depth knowledge of Tale of Genji as well as that of Natsume Soseki and Murakami Haruki, so no matter if one's love is for classic literature or modern literature, students can find their niche here. For students wishing to become educators, they can get qualifications for Calligraphy (at Senior High School), and Japanese (at Junior or Senior High School), as well as a certificate in teaching Japanese to Foreigners.


Introduction to Writing Theory, Semi-cursive Style Writing, Classical Chinese Field, Appreciation of Calligraphy Arts, Calligraphy Compendium, Cursive Method I, clerical Script Method I, Block Letters Method II, Kanji Work Creation I, high School Education Training, Block Letters Method I, Chinese Calligraphy History, Seal Script Method I, manual Theory, Row and Cursive Method II, Calligraphy Teaching II, Kana Work Creation I, Kanji Work Creation II, Kanagaki Method I, Japanese Calligraphy History, Educational Counseling II, Creative Research, Kana Works, Calligraphy Teaching Method I, Special Activities II, Introduction to Japanese Literature, Education Principle, Teacher Theory, Education System, Teaching Methodology, Educational Psychology, Pre- and post-guidance, Student Guidance Theory, History of Japanese Literature, Japanese Classics Studies, Basics of Oriental Classics, Japanese Teaching Methodology I, Japanese Teaching Methodology II, Japanese Teaching Methodology III, Modern Japanese literature, Basic of Japanese Linguistics, Phonetics of Japanese Language

Major in Tourism

Students who focus on learning about the Tourism Industry will study a variety of subjects covering such areas as inbound and outbound tourism, theme park tourism, hotel management, and local history and culture. Students are expected to sit for and pass the national examinations so as to become a certified Domestic Travel Service Supervisor or a General Travel Supervisor. Tourism is also home to the English Course, where students can learn the jargon of hospitality or can delve deeper into Linguistics or Literature and endeavor to become translators or teachers of English.


Tourism Business Course
International Tourism Studies, Urban Tourist Theory, Tourism English I and II, Tourism History, Tourism Geography, Tourism-related Laws and Regulations, Tourism Planning Exercises, Multimedia I, Management and Circulation of Information II, Introduction to Presentation.
Hotel Management course
Food & Table Coordination Theory, Hotel Management, Tourism Business Theory, Hotel Business Practical Theory, Little-Kyoto Theory, Regional Cultural Industry Theory, Inbound Tourist Theory, Tourism Community Theory, Hotel Management I, Food Culture, Theme Park Exercises, Field Work (Hotels Training).
English education courses
Basic Grammar, Vocabulary Building, English Expression I and II, Creative Writing, Region Studies I and II, Readings I and II, Studies of Writers and Works, Academic Writing, Cross-Cultural Communication, International Studying Abroad Planning, Overseas Studies, TOEIC I and II, English for Children, TOEFL I and II

Archive major

Students will learn how to collect, maintain, protect and capitalize cultural information by studying culture, media and information. Students will get qualifications as librarian, librarian teacher and curator.


Understanding Culture
 Traditional Cultural Education, Anthropology, Cultural Heritage, World Heritage Theory
Basics of Network
 Network, Information and Representation, Information Processing, Algorithm Information and Society, Information Processing Training, programming Practice, Information management (including Training), Multimedia, Cultural Information media Ⅰ · Ⅱ · Ⅲ
Digital Archivist Course
 Introduction to Digital Archive, Utilization and Evaluation of Digital Archive, Digital Archive, Introduction to Planning and Documentation, Introduction to Digital Archive media, Theory of Digital Archive, Saving and Metadata, Overseas Digital Archive Training, Digital Archive Practice,
Librarians Course
 Introduction to Library, History of Books and Library, Information Service Exercises I and II, Introduction to Library Information Technology, Children Service Theory, Information Services Theory, Library Systems and Management Theory, Library Facilities Theory, Library Information Resources Theory, Information Material Organizational Theory, Information Material Organization Exercises I and II.
Museum Curator Course
 Introduction to Museum, Introduction to Museum Exhibition, Theory of Museum Practice, Museum Management Theory, Museum Education, Museum Materials Theory, Museum Information and Media Studies, Ancient Documents Reading comprehension Exercises, Preservation Theory, Introduction to Lifelong Learning, Introduction to Museum Materials

Major in Digital Archives

Students here will learn how to collect, categorize, maintain, protect, and capitalize on cultural information by studying culture, media, and information technology. Students may attain such qualifications as librarian, library teacher, and museum curator.