Musashino University

History

Founder:

Dr. Junjiro Takakusu
Internationally known Buddhist scholar (1866-1945) founded Musashino Womens University on the principle of "Buddhist-based human education." Thinker who stressed women's education and involvement in society. Recipient of the prestigious Culture Award in 1944.

Founding:

Dr. Junjiro Takakusu
Internationally known Buddhist scholar (1866-1945) founded Musashino Womens University on the principle of "Buddhist-based
human education." Thinker who stressed women's education and involvement in society. Recipient of the prestigious Culture Award in 1944.

Ideals:

To nurture students endowed with the qualities of "understanding, emotion, and will."
To nurture students with wisdom and compassion to be able to think of others.
To promote the above ideals that are associated with the Hongwanji Jodo Shinshu School of Buddhism.

1924 Established as Musashino Girls' School in Tsukiji, Tokyo.
1929

Moved to present location, and established areas of specialization in Japanese Literature, English Literature, History, and Home Economics.

1944 Dr. Junjiro Takakusu receives Cultural Award.
1945 Chiyoda Girls School, our sister school, moves to present location on account of having sustained wartime damages.
1950 Musashino Women's Junior College begins (with degree programs in Japanese Literature, English Literature, History, and Home Economics).
1954 Changed the name from “Musashino Junior College” to “ >Junior College of Musashino Women's Gakuin.”
1965

Established Musashino Women's College (four-year college with the Faculty of Literature).

1977 Established the Department of Early Childhood Education within Jr. College.
1982 Established a course in Advanced Major in Early Childhood Education within Jr. College
1990 Changed the name “Department of Home Economics” to “Department of Life and Living.”
1995 Established the Department of Human Studies in the Faculty of Literature.
1998 Department of Contemporary Society and Department of Social Service in the Faculty of Contemporary Society established.
1999

Graduate School of Musashino Women's University (with Department of Human Science and Culture) established.
The Department of Human Studies is established as an independent Faculty.

2000

A three-year program in Early Education Specialist established within the Department of Early Childhood Education. (in the Jr. College)
The number of students increased in the Faculties of Contemporary Society and the Faculty of Human Studies.
The Faculty of Literature reorganizes by establishing the Department of Japanese Language and Literature and the Department of English Language and Literature.
Jr. College establishes the Department of Creative Design for Living.

2001 Established the Ressarch Programs in Social System and the Reserch Programs in Welfare Management in the Department of Human Sciences and Culture.
2002 A one -year program in Creative Design for Living established within the Department of Design for Dwelling/Living. (in the Jr. College)
Established the Correspondence Division(Faculty of Human Studies)
2003 Musashino Women's University changes its name to Musashino University. The departments of Environmental Sciences and Early Childhood Care and Education are established within the Faculty of Human Studies.
2004 A Faculty of Pharmacy and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are established. Coeducation programs commence for all academic departments on a progressive basis starting with the freshmen class.
2006 A Department of Nursing is established within the Faculty of Nursing. Musashino Women’s Junior College is shut down.
2007 The Department of Early Childhood Care in the Faculty of Human Studies changes its name to the Department of Childhood Studies.
2008 The Faculty of Contemporary Society's Department of Contemporary Society Studies is reorganized as the Faculty of Political Science and Economics , Department of Political Science and Economics .
The Department of Social Welfare is transferred from the Faculty of Contemporary Society to the Faculty of Human Studies.
2009 The Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and  the Doctoral Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences are established.
The Graduate School of Human Studies and the Master's Program in Human Studies (Correspondence Course) are established.
The Department of Environmental Science in the Faculty of Human Studies is reorganized as the Department of Environmental Science in the Faculty of Environmental Science.
2010 The Graduate School of Political Science and Economics and the Master's Program in Political Science and Economics are established.
The Graduate School of Environmental Science and the Master's Program in Environmental Management are established.
The Graduate School of Nursing and the Master's Program in Nursing are established.
The Graduate School of  Human Science and Culture changes its name to the Graduate School of Human and Social Sciences.
The Master's Program in Language and Culture in the Graduate School of  Human Science and Culture is reorganized as the Master's Program in Language and Culture in the Graduate School of Language and Culture.
2011 The Department of Japanese literature and culture in the Faculty of Literature is reorganized as the Department of Japanese literature and culture in the Faculty of Literature.
The Department of English Language and Literature in the Faculty of Literature is reorganized as the Department of Global Communication in the Faculty of Global Communication.
The Department of Childhood Studies in the Faculty of Human Studies is reorganized as the Department of Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education.
The Special Program for Teaching Japanese as a Second Language is established.