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The Department trains students for advanced academic or professional degrees and prepares them for future careers not only in such professions as teaching and creative or professional writing, but also in a variety of cultural services including news reporting and publishing. The Department also contributes to the University’s general education program, benefiting almost every student on campus by offering courses in Classical literature, developing students' reading and writing skills, increasing their understanding of their cultural heritage, and fostering their creative and critical thinking skills.

One of the Department’s strengths is its diversity: it offers a wide range of core courses in classical literature, intellectual history, traditional Chinese philosophy, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, cultural studies, literary theory, traditional philology, contemporary linguistics, and Chinese composition. In order to strengthen students' competitiveness in the job market, the Department further offers a wide variety of elective courses such as journalistic writing, cognitive psychology, and children's literature. In addition, students are encouraged to take courses from other departments and colleges, such as the Program of Information and Communication Media and the Teacher Education Program. Students of the Chinese Department may also choose to double major in another discipline on campus.

The Department works in collaboration with two other graduate institutes: The Institute of Linguistics and The Institute of Taiwanese Literature. Therefore our Department is an excellent choice for students interested in classical literature as well as in modern Taiwan literature, or for those who would like to study new critical perspectives alongside the traditional philosophical canon.

Undergraduate Program

The Chinese Department offers a four-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature. Students must complete a minimum of 128 credits, 106 of which must be earned by taking the Department’s required courses. The remaining 22 credits are to be earned by taking elective courses. These elective courses may be from offerings in the Chinese Department or in other departments.

Graduate Program

The requirements for the M.A. program include writing a thesis and completing a minimum of 24 credits of course work. In addition to completing the above, the candidate must either pass the second foreign language examination, or complete two years of training in a second foreign language.

The Ph.D. program allows candidates to concentrate on classical literature, philosophy, modern and contemporary literature, or cultural studies. To earn a Ph.D. degree, candidates must complete a minimum of 18 credits of course work. Candidates are required to pass preliminary examinations on three subjects within three years, and also to pass the English Examination or take two years of "Readings in English: Literature and History".