Psychological Studies provides a broad understanding of psychology as the science of human behavior and of its underlying mental processes, while uniquely focusing on cross-cultural and Asian issues. Foundation courses such as developmental, clinical, social, cognitive, and organizational psychology develop students’ skills in critical thinking, research methodology, and research writing, and broaden their knowledge and deepen their understanding of pertinent cross-cultural and Asian issues. Students must participate in either an internship or a research project, both of which culminate in a final paper.

Advisor and Coordinator of Psychological Studies major

Psychology is the science of human behavior and mental processes. This includes the study of the body-mind connections, the brain, and human cognitive, emotional and social interactions. The TUJ major in psychological studies touches on many different areas of psychology such as neuroscience, clinical, social, cognitive, and developmental psychology, as well as gender, sexuality and cross-cultural aspects of psychology in the Japanese context.

Psychological Studies Program is a knowledge/skills-based major that can prepare students for graduate-level programs in psychology, counseling, education, medicine and other health-related areas. Students learn methods to conduct psychological research, including statistical analysis, scientific reasoning and problem solving. Students are also expected to write academic papers in the American Psychological Association writing style. The program offers a wide spectrum of different courses and this is a highly customizable major applicable to many career paths.

TUJ Psychological Studies Program offers very unique cross-cultural perspectives in psychology, with the special emphasis on global and Japan related phenomena and the international team of instructors helps students to develop psychological skills beneficial in the diverse and multicultural modern world.



An overview of required courses.


A list of recently offered electives.

 Critical Thinking in Psychology
 Foundations of Learning and Behavior Analysis
 Foundations of Sensation and Perception
 Foundations of Social Psychology
 Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
 Child Psychopathology and Treatment

Alumni Voice


Barbara Mrtvi

Company: Apex KK

Class of 2021
Major: Psychological Studies

I choose TUJ because of how diverse the student body is. Once I started, I realized that the diversity of the university goes beyond race and ethnicity. Everyone I have met at TUJ has a different story and a different point of view. This diversity made my university life more interesting, lively and fulfilling. I am thankful for all the opportunities I had at TUJ including tutoring at the Teaching & Learning Center, being a research assistant, doing collaborative research, and working for Academic English Program events. I also took the chance to do three internships as part of my degree. Internships are a fantastic way for students to kick-start their career. My supervisors at my internships were always willing to teach me how to improve my skills. My life at TUJ not only prepared me for pursuing a master’s degree or starting my career, it also helped me understand what I want to do with my life.