The Department of Chinese Studies focuses on Chinese literature, history and philosophy as well as linguistics and language teaching to cultivate students’ professionalism and independent thinking. Our courses correspond to the four core competencies of "multilingualism", "literary appreciation and creation", "historical thinking" and "understanding social changes". Our instructors came from both Taiwan and abroad. More than half of our instructors have studied, taught, or lived overseas, which allows them to share their own international education, life, and cultural experiences with our students.
In response to the New Southbound Policy, the department also offers courses of Southeast Asian languages. Through these courses, students are introduced to the literature, clothing, food, religion, music, dance, drama, architecture, and etiquette of Southeast Asia. Relevant world language courses include Vietnamese, Malay and Burmese. Classic Chinese language and philosophy courses are provided in addition to Kinmen Studies. Opportunities to experience Malay Congkak and Batik are also available. To widen students’ perspectives on global cultures, products such as Indonesia's hand-woven bags and Vietnamese coffee often appear inside and out of the classroom.
With the increased global demand for digital development, our teachers are looking for ways to strengthen the students’ digital abilities. Lectures and workshops on digital skills improvement are held for our students during the semester. In response to this trend, the department has bought digital equipment for photography and editing. Our department offers spaces to facilitate casual conversations, study groups and individual learning. These spaces include the department atrium, a study lounge and a department library.
The Chinese Department provides a wide variety of internships to encourage students to be part of the wider community. Local internship locations include publishing houses, cultural institutions, and the on-campus Chinese Language Center. Interested individuals can participate in Chinese teaching internships and as reserve teachers. There are also internships abroad, giving students the opportunity to teach in China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Canada. These opportunities help our students broaden global perspectives while also providing them with the chance to act as cultural ambassadors. Overseas internships are mostly subsidized by the Ministry of Education’s “Build Your Dreams Overseas” Study Abroad program.
Students in our program have a variety of future career options available to them. Graduates from our program have gone on to work as Chinese language teachers in Taiwan and abroad, textbook editors, private tutors, media planners, copywriters, and language learning consultants. Others have gone on to work as literature and history teachers or employees at cultural, historical, and artistic institutions.