Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature

A Brief History

Taiwan's "nativist education" had long been neglected, yet with the tide of democratization and nativization in recent years, nativist education gradually became an important national education policy. The Ministry of Education (MOE), in answering the call of cultural and educational groups, took a positive stance of encouraging universities to set up departments and graduate institutes that dedicate to the study of nativist cultures. In GITCLL's case, it was in February 2002 that Professor Bān-siū, Tsng (莊萬壽) made an appeal to Professor Îng-siông, Iâu (姚榮松) and Professor Tsūn-ngá, Khó(許俊雅) to draft a proposal, pleading MOE for the establishment of the "Graduate Institute of Taiwan Cultures, Languages, and Literature", which was permitted in July of the same year. The "Preparatory Office" of GITCCL, headed by Professor Bān-siū, Tsng, was then founded on November 28th, 2002 and began to deal with student admissions in March 2003. An initial number of 10 students was scheduled. On August 1st our institute was inaugurated, and Professor Bān-siū, Tsng, transferring from another department, took office as the first chairperson and full-time professor.

Professor Tsng retired in July 2004 and his post was succeeded by full-time Professor Îng-siông, Iâu, whose term ended in July 2007; then Associate Professor Khîn-huāⁿ, Lí was appointed as the next and current chairperson. The full-time faculty members of our institute include Dr. Îng-siông, Iâu, Dr. Khîn-huāⁿ, Lí (hired in the 2003-04 school year as an associate professor), Dr. Tín-hù Liāu (hired in the 2005-06 school year as an associate professor), Dr. Hong-muî, Lîm (hired in the 2006-07 school year as a professor), Dr. Liông-tîng, Tân, and Dr. Siok-huī, Lîm (both hired in the 2007-08 school year as assistant professors). With Professor Liāu leaving for his new teaching role at Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Chung Hsing University, we will hire Associate Professor An-kuan, Hō as a part-time associate professor in the coming semester.Dr. Tshoo-mûi, Lîm, Dr. Ka-íng, Tsng and Dr. hūi-jû, Khóo (all hired in the 2008-09 school year as assistant professors).

Many highly recognized scholars teach or taught at our institute. Among them, part-time professors include Academician Íng-hô, Tsô (曹永和) from Academic Sinica, Professor Liông-uí, Tēⁿ(鄭良偉) from University of Hawaii, and Professor Thian-gî, Tiō(趙天儀), who was Dean of College of Liberal Arts, Providence University. All enjoy great international prestige. As for other part-time faculty members, we have hired Iâm-hiàn, Tiuⁿ (張炎憲), Bān-tshuan, Ô (胡萬川), Píng-huī, Liāu(廖炳惠), Uî-jîn, Âng(洪惟仁), Sìng-kuàn, Iû (游勝冠)、Pasuya Poichenu (巴蘇亞.博伊哲努 or浦忠成)、Bí-jiông, Lîm (林美容), TShuì-hong, Si (施翠峰), Siáo-hong, Lí(李筱峰), Bō-thài, Tân (陳茂泰), Bîng-jû, Huān (范銘如), Puê-hong, Tân, (陳培豐), and Tiāu-gím, Lô (羅肇錦). All are renowned professors in their respective areas. At the same time, we also plan to expand our teaching ranks, hiring national and international experts who, although having no faculty certificate, have made great contributions to the Taiwanese languages. We launched the 「In-service Master's Program in Taiwan Study and Native Language Teaching」 in the second semester of the 2005-06 school year. Aiming to develop experts in Taiwan's nativist education, it started to enroll students in the 2006-07 school year-12 in the Taiwan study track and 18 in native language teaching.

Our Features and Development Directions

Features: This institute features three academic disciplines.

Among all graduate institutes that focus on the study of Taiwan¡¦s native cultures, we are the first integrated research institution: we offer three graduate programs-- Taiwan¡¦s cultures, Taiwan¡¦s languages, and Taiwan¡¦s literature.

We offer three tracks of courses in Taiwan¡¦s cultures, languages, and literatures. These tracks recruit 18 university graduates ( 3 admitted by screening) who already have basic knowledge in the above subjects. The ¡§In-service Master¡¦s Program in Taiwan Study and Native Language Teaching¡¨ is divided into the track of Taiwan Study and the track of Native Language Teaching. This program enrolls 30 students in total.
We aim to prepare our students to gain both specific and general knowledge and skills, which, on the one hand, can equip students with solid foundations for more advanced studies, and on the other hand, helps to form a broadly skilled workforce for promoting Taiwan¡¦s nativist education and cultural construction.
We focus our attention on local and international scales, and on theoretical and practical arenas. With highly recognized faculty members, teaching excellence, and diversified academic research and activities, we are fully committed to adding to the achievements of Taiwan studies and creating Taiwan¡¦s subjectivity.

Development Directions

On the one hand, this institute aims to prepare students with solid foundations for more advanced studies; on the other hand, we hope to build up a broadly skilled workforce for Taiwan¡¦s nativist education and cultural construction. The future establishment of a Ph. D. program or even the ¡§College of Taiwan Studies¡¨ shall enable our alumni to either further their academic career or shape themselves as a workforce much needed by organizations like county and city cultural centers, culture and history workshops, and cultural and historical journals. They can dedicate themselves to related fields of study at academic institutions or provide their expertise in the process of cultural constructions. At the present time, a number of teacher education schemes have been launched to improve the teaching quality of Taiwan¡¦s languages and native cultures, which shall enhance the development of Taiwan¡¦s nativist education. Our alumni surely are able to take up a career in this respect. In addition, a job in the mass media industry is also a good option. In one word, students are bound to have a very bright future.

We intend to expand and further develop our size. The idea here is to establish the ¡§Department of Taiwan Literatures¡¨ on the downstream side, and to reach higher ground by setting up a doctoral program. It would be more favorable if ¡§College of Taiwan Studies¡¨ or ¡§College of Taiwan Cultures¡¨ can some day be founded, thus making the learning environments more sufficient and complete and forming a more unified academic research system. On issues concerning campus planning, we hope to coordinate and cooperate with Graduate Institute of Taiwan History for resources concentration. It is believed that with NTNU¡¦s distinguished quality of faculty members and students, and with its location in the northern part of Taiwan where information flows are more easily and quickly, GITCCL is able to play a leading role in academic research.

GITCCL is devoting its best endeavors to promote research on Taiwan¡¦s cultures, literatures, and languages. We are working on the arrangements of Taiwan-related old documents, which, after being annotated, will be developed into a book series about Taiwan¡¦s cultures. On the other hand, we also plan to launch a project to edit and produce some popular reading materials, encouraging people to make closer contacts with Taiwan¡¦s cultures. Another approach is to organize more conferences on Taiwan studies, creating and leading a forward-looking trend on Taiwan studies.


  • Professor
    • Khîn-huāⁿ, Lí
    • Îng-siông, Iâu
    • Hong-muî, Lîm
  • Associate Professor
    • An-Kuan, Hōi
    • Siok-huī, Lîm
    • Liông-tîng, Tân
  • Assistant Professor
    • Ka-íng, Tsng
    • Hūi-jû, Khóo


Curriculum Planning Descriptions
Prior to graduation, all GITCCL students must complete a minimum of 31 credits, write a master's thesis (0 credit), and meet all the other requirements related to GITCCL's "Course Selection Guidelines".

In order to fulfill the 31-credit degree requirement, all GITCCL students, whether in the cultural, linguistic, or literary tracks, must select 9 credits from common required courses, 16 from courses specific to their respective tracks, and 6 from common electives (originally restricted electives).

The new curriculum structure effective from the 2007-08 school year is attached here with the following major amendments:
The overall number of credits needed for degree completion has been changed to 31. Among them, 9 credits (3 courses) must be taken from "common required courses", 6 (same as before) from "common electives", and 16 from electives specific to respective tracks.

"Selected Readings in Contemporary Western Cultural Theory" is moved from the "required" course group to the "common" elective.

6 credits must be earned from the common elective group. In total there will be 5 courses (each takes 3 credit hours of coursework), including the newly-added courses of "Selected Readings in Contemporary Western Cultural Theory", "Research Methods", and Advanced English for Taiwan Documentary Studies.
The first-year/ second-year limitation on electives is lifted, but remains the same for required courses.

Track-specific electives that used to grant 2 credits are modified to offer 3 credits.

GITCCL students are required to take a 4-6 credit course in English or Japanese, (those who score higher than 60 in English in admissions test are exempt) and all students must pass a certain standard in GITCCL-recognized language tests before they graduate.
GITCCL students must achieve fluency in at least one of the Taiwan's native languages. Students are encouraged to speak course-related languages in the classroom, and in principle, these languages shall also be those used during thesis oral defense.
GITCCL opens elementary and intermediate Taiwanese conversation classes targeted at foreign students. These classes are conducted in English. Although no credit will be granted, they can allow students to transfer credit for the required courses in English and Japanese.
All graduate students must attend "Lectures on Taiwan Studies" given by renowned scholars that GITCCL hold on a periodical basis, "academic research conferences" organized by this institute, "off-campus observation activities" arranged by GITCCL teachers and students, and "graduate students' study circles", for which related reports must be submitted every semester. These reports will be a requisite for applying degree examination.

GITCCL encourages students to attend at least one academic conference associated with their specializations during their study years. Students who apply for the master's degree examination should complete one of the following academic achievements during their term of study:
Attend domestic/ international academic conferences and present one agenda-related paper or above.
Publish one academic paper or above in any academic journals with review systems.

Participate in academic writing awards (solicitations included) relevant to their specializations and have excellent performance.
Publish academic publications in related fields of specialization.
Curriculum (Download course catalog)

Background Information:

  1. GITCCL obtained approval to initiate the Master of Arts degree program (this program) in the 2006-07 school year with a student enrollment of 18. For completion of this program, students must finish a term of study from 1 to 4 years, take 31 required credits, and complete a master's thesis. Details on the curriculum planning of this program are described in the following points.
  2. Curriculum Structure:The curriculum structure that GITCCL currently schedule can be divided into the track of Taiwan culture, the track of Taiwan languages, and the track of Taiwan literature. All courses are categorized into 3 groups: "common required courses", "inter-track electives", and "track-specific electives (3 clusters)". Click here to download respective course groups. (last updated: 2007/11/30)

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