Learn about the society we live in.

Focusing on theory and proof as a common theme, the Faculty of Sociology offers curriculums according to the specific characteristics of departments. Based on knowledge imparted in classes, students interpret contemporary social issues and explore solutions to them by investigating society through statistical analyses and fieldwork.


Department of Sociology
The Department of Sociology deepens understanding of present-day social problems and develops the wide-ranging vision needed to solve them. We explore basic theories of sociology and study various subjects ranging from the environment, regions, and labor, to globalization, families, and education, adopting various points of view. The goal is to foster human resources that can identify social problems and make efforts to solve them with curiosity and a questioning mentality.
Department of Sociocultural Studies
Applications for have been filed for change in April 2021. Names of faculties and departments are provisional and provided details are subject to change.
Department of Social Welfare
The Department of Social Welfare aims to produce innovative leaders who contribute to the establishment and development of welfare-oriented societies. We identify social issues, explore solutions and develop the capability to take action, from the perspective of protecting the rights of each individual in a society. We enhance students' practical skills, linking learning with the real world though seminar classes, fieldwork and practical training, to acquire the necessary qualifications for a Certified Social Worker.
Department of Media and Communications
The Department of Media and Communications explores the features of present-day society, with media and information as guiding frameworks, and produces specialists who will be leaders in the society of the future.
Department of Social Psychology
The Department of Social Psychology approaches present-day social problems from two perspectives: psychology of social phenomena, i.e. grasping social events from psychological standpoint, and psychology of human relationships, focusing on individuals and the relationships among them. Students learn a wide range of basic subjects related to psychology and obtain qualifications, such as Certified Psychologist.

Learning Columns

The Learning Columns present articles and videos that describe the activities of Toyo University students and departments.

“A City with No Journalists”, – Journalism and Democracy –

Katsuyuki Yakushiji, Professor (Department of Media and Communications / Faculty of Sociology)

Research Fields: Media Studies, Political Process Theory

Caribbean Culture, – Mary Seacole: Free Black Woman in 19th Century Jamaica –

Yoko Mitsuishi, Professor (Department of Sociocultural Studies / Faculty of Sociology)

Research Fields: Community studies, Literature, American literature

The Psychology of Self-control- How to exert willpower –

Yuka Ozaki, Associate Professor (Department of Social Psychology / Faculty of Sociology)

Main Research Themes: Self-control, Self-regulation, The psychology of the conscious and unconscious

Media Literacy and Critical Thinking -Media Frame and Foreign Reporting-

Xueping Wang, Professor (Department of Media and Communications / Faculty of Sociology)

Research Fields: History of International Relations, Post-War Japan-China Relations

“Social Isolation” and “Social Exclusion” -In search of a Solution-

Dan Kayama, Professor (Department of Social Welfare / Faculty of Sociology)

Main research themes: Community Welfare, Community Work, Resident Activities by NPOs/ Local Organizations, Social Exclusion

The Cultural Anthropology of Fair Trade

Arihiro Mino, Associate Professor (Department of Sociocultural Studies / Faculty of Sociology)

Research Areas: Cultural Anthropology, Development Anthropology, Southeast Asian Studies

Crime as a product of social relationships

Koji Honda, Associate Professor (Department of Sociocultural Studies / Faculty of Sociology)

Area of expertise: Criminal sociology