Social work is an academic field that pursues theories and ways to encourage individuals, groups and society so that all people will be given respect and change their lives for the better. This division prompts proactive learning and offers a learning environment for students to acquire practical knowledge. It also offers diverse practice opportunities each year with an emphasis on direct involvement with welfare service beneficiaries so that students can refine their problem identification and problem-solving skills. Through the programs, students aspire to become competent social workers who can work together with diverse professions while also demonstrating their expertise, or become contributing members of society to utilize their knowledge on social welfare in a wide array of fields. Alumni career paths are very diverse. SPU Division of Social Work alumni have been employed in the following fields and demonstrate their capabilities acquired at SPU: the children & family support fields such as the family court and child guidance center; the consultation and lifestyle support field for children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities; public administration in the Japanese government, prefectures, and municipalities; the medical welfare and psychiatric social welfare fields such as general hospitals and psychiatric hospitals; the regional social welfare field such as in social welfare councils and non-profit organizations; and companies in various industries including pharmaceutical, medical equipment, housing, beauty, and education.