Ever since its establishment in 1969, the College of Liberal Arts has strived to create and sustain an environment that is culturally inspiring and intellectually challenging. The students are encouraged to explore the human condition from different perspectives under the astute guidance of the faculty members who have shown outstanding scholarly performance in both research and teaching.
The College aims to cultivate students well versed in both Chinese and Western scholarly traditions, and dedicates to promoting the understanding of local cultures while maintaining a global connection. In addition to the core curricula offered by departments and graduate institutes, the College has also established specialized programs and offered courses to support students in developing manifold skills and the ability to integrate knowledge. The Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Program is set up to meet the global need for the Chinese language teachers, and the Humanities Digital Archives and Value-Added Application Program offers courses to equip students with knowledge concerning digital archival collections. The Deer Cultural Heritage Center offers training courses and internship opportunities to develop students’ skills in news coverage and editing, as well as media and image production and broadcasting. The Language Center is the greatest foreign language test site in scale and scope in central Taiwan, and it also offers a Chinese course package intended for foreigners and international students.
In 2014, the College established the International PhD Program in Taiwan and Transcultural Studies, which aims to develop interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research in the humanities, and is dedicated to training prospective professionals that are able to combine local knowledge with global perspectives.
The College of Liberal Arts includes the Department of Chinese Literature (BA, MA and PhD
programs), the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (BA and MA), the Department of History (BA, MA and PhD), the Graduate Institute of Library and Information Science (MA), the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies (MA), the International PhD Program in Taiwan and Transcultural Studies, the Language Center, and the Deer Cultural Heritage Center. There are nearly 80 full-time faculty members and 80 adjunct faculty members, two of whom are researchers affiliated to National Museum of Natural Science. The number of students in the College is about 1,500, including 23 international students and exchange students.
In addition to regular classrooms, seminar rooms and computer labs, several special rooms are reserved for particular courses, such as Calligraphy, Chinese Opera, Music Appreciation, and Cinematic Historiography. The Language Center also reserves a self-learning section equipped with multimedia software for language learning. The construction of a new building for the College is completed in the fall 2014, and the building will be ready for use in the beginning of 2015.
The faculty members of the college place equal importance on both teaching and research, and the course planning also seeks to strike a balance between theory and practice. The College is dedicated to fostering students’ humanities literacy , promoting extensive acquisition of knowledge, and broadening students’ vision to cover both local and global concerns.
RESEARCH The faculty members of the College are known nationally and internationally for their research and scholarly accomplishments. Many of their publications are included in journals of SCI, SSCI, A&HCI, TSSCI, THCI Core, and others. In the years between 2011 and 2014, the faculty members of the College have conducted 121 research projects funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan (MOST) totaling NT$58.9 million. One faculty member of the College has received the Outstanding Research Award from MOST twice.
The Department of Chinese Literature has recruited faculty members with expertise in the areas of Chinese Philosophy, Classical Chinese Literature, Chinese Linguistics, Modern Chinese Literature, and Popular Culture Studies. The faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has remarkable performance in research on Ethnic Studies, Aboriginal Literature Studies, Gender Studies, Asian-American Studies, Posthumanism Studies, Globalization Discourse, Environmental Discourse, Children Literature Studies, James Joyce Studies, and Cyber Literature Studies. The department also places equal importance on research in Linguistics and Culture, and Pragmatics. The Department of History focuses research in the following areas: Chinese Socio-Economic History, History of Foreign Relations and World History, Intellectual History, Historiography, and History of Taiwan. The Graduate Institute of Library and Information Science has focused their research on Library Services and Management, Information Organization and Retrieval, Knowledge Management and Information Systems, Scholarly Communication and Information Behavior, and Digital Archives and Value-added Applications. The Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies pioneers research that moves beyond the traditional discipline of Taiwan literature towards an interdisciplinary subject. Their faculty members are dedicated to promoting international collaborative networks and situating the research of Taiwan literature and culture in transnational contexts; they are also committed to helping Taiwan society through active engagement of and communication with national and international academic communities. The International PhD Program in Taiwan and Transcultural Studies focuses on the study of Taiwan cultures from a broadly comparative perspective in a global context.