In a difficult time just before the Second World War started, Ms. KAWAI Michi founded Keisen School for young women in 1929 on the basis of unique educational spirit which was composed of three interrelated factors, Christianity, Horticulture and International Understanding (Peace Studies). Actively following this educational spirit, Keisen University was established in 1988 at Tama, Tokyo. At present, the University has two faculties, the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Human and Social Studies with some 2,000 students. All Keisen students study Christianity, Horticulture and Peace Studies as compulsory, introductory subjects in their first year.
In particular, the Faculty of Human and Social Studies has a close relationship with the Graduate School of Peace Studies. This Faculty, established in 2005, consists of two departments, the Department of International Social Studies and Department of Human Life and Environmental Studies, and is characterized by an issue-oriented approach and active experience-led study (study through experience). The students of this Faculty are encouraged to study development, human rights and environmental issues in both global and local contexts, and to participate in the three programs of study through experience: the Long-term Field Study Program, the Short-term Field Study Program and the Community Service Learning Program. The Faculty of Human and Social Studies aims to train students to be responsive to social issues from a critical and fair perspective, and to be active to resolve global issues on the basis of mutual respect and co-existence.