The college consists of two sections: the humanities and the social sciences. We believe in the integration of the humanities and the social sciences and the mutually beneficiary relation between the practice and the theory. We aim at providing a learning environment that cultivates human resources equipped with both expertise and multidisciplinary competence, producing contributory asset to the academia and the industries. The prospects and the features of the college include:
Promoting the combination of the academic research and the industrial practice; devoted to cultivating experts of policy planning and administrative management.
Upgrading the research and education of the humanities and the social science, establishing a firmer ground for the cultural, social construction and sustainability.
Reinforcing regional studies and the discipline-integrating academic researches and their education, with emphases on local research, the education of Southeast Asian and oversea Chinese communities.
Promoting academic exchange both internationally and between the Taiwan Strait, broadening the view of the world of the students and the faculty.
Cultivating the faculty of compassion, digitization and literary-artistic creativity; upgrading the faculty of problem-solving and independent research in the master and doctoral students.
Departments in College of Humanities
Traditional Chinese language curriculum are guided by the principles of the art of prose, argumentation, and textual research. A fourth principle – that of literature – has been gaining traction in recent years. Taking in the four principles, contemporary interests, and the future development of Chinese language and literature, the academic objectives of this Department are:
1. Research Objectives: To cultivate talents for the future of Chinese language studies, and strengthen the foundations of this academic field.
2. Creative Objectives: To cultivate talents for Chinese-language literary creation across all genres, and contribute to the world’s literary wealth.
3. Practical Objectives: To cultivate talents in editing, educational writing, creative writing, children’s writing, and other practical applications of the Chinese language, so graduates can find gainful and meaningful employment through collective creation and literary services.
An average 30% of department graduates continue onto higher academic education, and then pursue careers in academic research, teaching, cultural institutions, the arts, publishing, public sector, and academic agencies in positions related to planning, editing, and administration.
The NCNU Department of Southeast Asian Studies is the first and only one of its kind in Taiwan to offer interdisciplinary programs dedicated to academic and practical studies in the political, economic, social, and cultural development of Southeast Asian nations. The Department aims to cultivate talents who are equipped with Southeast Asian language training and the ability to thrive in a changing world through diverse, multicultural skillsets and new areas of knowledge. Graduates often work in areas including international finance and investment, human resources, transcultural businesses, heritage asset management, and public administration. Moreover, here at NCNU, students are offered a complete academic route from undergraduate to graduate and doctoral degrees in Southeast Asian Studies.
Career paths include positions with public and private schools, Southeast Asian language instruction, research agencies, publishing and editing, the creative sector, event planning, journalism, mass media, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations; or pursuing further academic studies.
1. Courses are designed to strengthen communicating in, appreciation of, and thinking with a foreign language, and interpreting across different fields and cultures to truly translate ideas across languages.
2. Equal emphasis is placed on diversity, theory, and practice (including literature, linguistics, translation, and language teaching)
3. A wide range of foreign-language instruction programs (including Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, and several Southeast Asian languages).
4. A wide range of language-exchange programs with schools in Japan, the United States, Europe, and Asia.
5. Effective teacher-to-student ratio: A lower student-teacher ratio and small class size for all foreign-language courses.
6. Opportunities for applying an interdisciplinary range of skills and knowledge as well as broadening one’s world view and real-life experiences.
Academic Continuation: Apart from academic pursuits at national and international language programs, many graduates also choose to enter a new field, such as management, human resources, politics, diplomacy, media and journalism, design, and education.
Immediate Employment: A wide range of academic and language research and teaching positions are available, as well as career paths in fields such as media and journalism, publishing and design, aerial travel and passage, public relations, management and marketing, trade and finance, human resources, and law enforcement.
Timeline wise, a curricular emphasis on how human history unfolds starting from the 14th century and onwards.
Geographically wise, a curricular emphasis on the social, economic, and cultural development of Taiwan and China (especially the Huanan areas collectively known as South China) and their growing relations with the world.
Events wise, a curricular emphasis on Chinese marine history, Chinese overseas development and diaspora, the social and cultural development of Taiwan and China, Chinese economic history (especially from the Ming and Qing dynasties and onwards), and early civilizations and world history.
Career paths include historic records editing, archive management, library management, museum management, news media, text editing, and teaching; or pursuing further academic studies.
The Department was founded upon the “people-centric principle” to cultivate talents equipped with a comprehensive understanding of the world, democratic ideals, and a strong grasp of the theories and applications of public policy and administration. Graduates are known for their administrative expertise, international insights, and foresight.
The Department places emphasis on close collaboration among central and regional governments, grassroots communities, and nonprofit organizations. Only a concerted effort can help promote civil growth, facilitate community development, and strengthen regional governance.
The Department also values international engagement and pursues collaboration in international research, student exchanges, and academic cooperation. Students are offered internship opportunities at global organizations to deepen their public policy and administration knowledge.
Career paths include positions with government agencies, policy research institutes, nonprofit organizations, local and transnational corporate management, mass media and journalism, public office and politics, and education; or pursuing further academic studies.
The development of indigenous economy and tribal empowerment to secure the cultural inheritance of Taiwan’s aboriginal communities has been a topic of growing importance in recent years. NCNU aims to assist indigenous youths who aspire to revitalize their communities by offering courses grounded in indigenous culture and history. Taking into account contemporary interests, professional skills, and practical knowledge, this program offers skill sets for three main fields – tourism, the creative industries, and social work.
1. Traditional and contemporary values
Courses are focused on aboriginal cultures and traditions, multidisciplinary knowledge and applications, community planning, tribal development, and the cultural economy.
2. Professional expertise
Courses are offered in methodological stages, with the first two years dedicated to foundational knowledge in aboriginal cultures, social work, tourism, and the creative industries. The latter two years are devoted to electives that help students apply their interests and pursue their career aspirations.
3. Practical knowledge
Courses place high emphasis on case studies on indigenous issues and real-life projects, including partnering with indigenous communities and affiliated agencies for students to learn, experience, and apply their knowledge.
1. Service: Engaging in community development, tourism, culturally creative opportunities, or caregiving services.
2. Entrepreneurship: Working with indigenous culture and arts.
3. Certification: Working in licensed occupations such as social worker, tour guide, or teacher.
4. Public Service: Taking the civil service examination for indigenous peoples and working in cultural administration and indigenous affairs.
Multidisciplinary, balanced development: The Department aims to nurture talents with broad perspectives, compassion, and practical knowledge who can contribute to societal growth and progress.
Skilled, specialized knowledge: The Department aims to nurture talents with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their specialized fields. There are two main areas of study: (1) social work and management, and (2) domestic violence and abuse prevention.
Diversified, applied knowledge: The Department requires at least 250 hours of social service, volunteer work, and internship programs, as practical experience is the best channel for learning how to write proposals, interact with communities, and strengthen teamwork.
Interschool, transnational exchanges: The Department encourages students to partake in international symposiums and student-exchange programs with partner schools to broaden their academic and world knowledge.
Career paths include positions with schools, medical facilities, caregiving centers, social welfare agencies, foundations, academic institutes, employment training and counseling, suicide prevention lines, public sector, social work, and human resource management; or pursuing further academic studies.