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The department aims to meet modern history trend, and to cultivate students to develop a broad and refined mind that “sees the world with Chinese aspiration while living here in Taiwan”. Furthermore, we are expected to cultivate elites with professional modern history knowledge who are able to fully express their own point of view towards history. The PhD program of our department was certified and began the admission in year 2003. The “Chi Nan History Journal” was first published in 1998. Also the Minister of Education has already subsidized the establishment of “Ming Ching Dynasty Living Culture Research Center” and the database of “Ming Ching Dynasty Culture History”. We have already developed educational cooperation projects with Academia Sinica, and National Taiwan University. In the future, we are expected to cooperate with colleges and academic research institutions in Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, and institutions in other Southeast Asia regions. Our specialties include:

1. The overseas Chinese.

2. History of Southern China.

3. Modern Chinese business history.

4. Taiwanese history.

5. Social and cultural History of the Ming-Qing Periods.



● To cooperate with other departments in school for inter-department courses
● To cooperate with colleges and research institutions in Taiwan and abroad. 
● We are expected to establish a database based on the emphasized fields of teaching and research
● To establish “Ming Ching Dynasty Social and Culture Research Center”.

● To edit and publish journals in history related fields.


Faculty Members

濱島敦俊 (Hamashima Atsutoshi) Research on Jiang-nan area in Ming-Qing periods; socio-economic and law history in Ming-Qing periods; religion and popular cults in late imperial China.

李盈慧 (Ying-hui Lee) Modern Chinese immigrant history; political history of Modern China.

許紫芬 (Tzu-fen Hsu) Economic history; history of Japanese commerce; the overseas Chinese history.

李廣健 (Kwong-kin Lee) Medieval Chinese history and historiography; Chinese cultural history; intellectual history of Chinese classical scholarship.

林偉盛 (Wei-sheng Lin) Modern Chinese history;  Modern Taiwanese history.

林蘭芳 (Lan-fang Lin) Taiwanese history during the Japanese colonial periods; Taiwanese socio-economic history and history of technology.

李今芸 (Chin-yun Lee) Modern Chinese economic history; the economic relation between China and central Europe.

陳信治 (Hsin-chih Chen) historiography; history and anthropological theory; modern Irish history.

王良卿 (Liang-ching Wang) Modern Chinese history; Contemporary Taiwanese History.

唐立宗 (Li-chung Tang) History of Late imperial China; Socio-economic in Ming-Qing periods.

趙立新 (Li-shin Chao) Early and medieval Chinese history; political and social history in Six Dynasties.

吳雅婷 (Ya-ting Wu) History of Song Dynasty; socio-cultural history.


Future Plans

1. Working with other collegial departments and academic institutions in Hong Kong, Macau, Southern China, Southeast Asia and Japan for further scholarly cooperation.

2. To set up a database for our research areas. (See our Current Directions.)

3. Advancing ethnological research of Puli’s aboriginal culture and history.

4. To publish e-journal and e-books.




1. Undergraduate program

Undergraduate students are required to complete the minimum 130 credits, including:

a. Required courses during the first and the second year: Chinese history and selective readings (16 credits); the history of world civilizations and selective readings (16 credits); introduction to historiography (4 credits); Taiwanese history (6 credits).

b. Optional courses: concentrating on two fields (minimally 9 credits in each field) from the following six fields: Chinese maritime development; overseas Chinese history; social and cultural history of Taiwan; Chinese social and cultural history; Chinese economic history; history of world civilizations.

c. Taking at least one of the six courses in historiography offered by our department (3 credits) during the third or the fourth year.


2. Master’s program

Students are required to take 3 courses in the following: “Workshop in Historical Research and Writing”(3 credits) , “supervised reading and research” (2 credits) , “independent study” (0 credit), and two courses in special topics of his/her area of research. The required credits are 24 in total.


3. Doctoral program

The minimum credits for Ph.D. students are 24. The following courses are required: “historical method and research” (3 credits) and “selected reading in English historical works” (3 credits). In addition, the second foreign language test must be passed before graduation.

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