Department of Chinese

The Department of Chinese is the largest department in the University. The undergraduate program consists of 16 classes with approximately 750 students. There are nearly 140 courses offered, which amount to more than 400 credits to be selected from. The B.A. degree requires at least 137 credits, among which 76 are mandatory and 33 elective. Our students used to be assigned teaching positions at junior high schools upon graduation. This policy has been suspended since 1993.

The graduate program trains scholars specializing in Chinese literature with a general background in Chinese culture. Another concentration is teaching methods and materials. It offers curricula that lead to both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese literature and linguistics.

The Department has a holding of approximately 95,000 books, including classic analects, primers, history, and various anthologies of prominent writers. It also boasts a rare collection of Chinese phonology.

Since 1978, the Department has also acquired microfilms of 203 rare books. Facilities in the Department include several sets of VTR and filmmaking apparatuses, slide projectors, a microfilm reader, an electric photo composer, photocopiers, and color TV sets.

Department of English

The Department of English aims to prepare teachers of English for elementary and secondary schools, as well as professionals with a good command of English. The curriculum emphasizes basic English language skills and concentration in linguistics, literature, and TEFL.

The Department currently publishes two well-acclaimed biannual journals, Concentric: Studies in Linguistics and Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, and a quarterly journal, English Teaching & Learning. It also has the following teaching and research facilities: 5 computerized language labs, an acoustic research lab, an audio-visual room, and a library holding of over 50,000 books.

Established in 1956, our graduate program has primarily focused on advanced research in English and American literature, theoretical and applied linguistics, as well as the training of college instructors of English.

Department of History

The Department aims to train scholars in historical studies and qualified teachers for various levels of schools.

The graduate program requires students to develop competence in studying history with different methods such as concentrations on periods, topics, or regions.

The Department has a collection of over 60,000 books and 1,083 periodicals. It also publishes annually a series of monographs and The Bulletin of Historical Studies.

Department of Geography 

The development goal of the department is to incubate professional human resource for geographic research and for geographic teaching staff in high schools, to train environmental monitoring and prevent disaster, to perform territory planning and to study the GIS design and application as well as to incubate professional human resources in tourism and recreation theory and practice.

This department has geographic professional curriculums that belong to Teaching Staff Incubation Division, Program of Environmental Monitoring and Disaster Mitigation that are well operated and in good interaction with international society, Program of Regional and Recreation Planning and Program of Spatial Information.

In teaching aspect, many advanced research results have been included as teaching materials to cover all kinds of geographic concepts and technologies; generally, the students graduated from this department will have very complete geographic knowledge and will have the capability to use all kinds of geographic concepts and skills to do research, teaching or other professional jobs. In addition, this department has an evaluation system from the student to reflect teacher’s teaching status right away, and teachers can improve their teaching way or content based on this.

Graduate Institute of Translation and Interpretation

GITI is the first master’s program of its kind offered by a national university in the country. It envisions advancing research in translation and interpretation, training translators and interpreters, and contributing to the translation of Chinese classics and local masterpieces.

Our faculty members include scholars and experts from different disciplines and professions, offering a wide spectrum of interdisciplinary training and research methodologies. To prepare GITI graduates for both academic research/teaching and business practice, our curriculum places equal emphasis on both theory and skill acquisition. GITI enjoys as its vital resources not only the support of the faculty of NTNU but also the feedback of the job market.

Each year, GITI admits 10 full-time students in translation and 10 in interpretation(master’s program),

5 students in translation and interpretation (Ph.D. program) who must complete, respectively, 43 and 64 course credits(master’s program), 31 course credits (Ph. D. program) practicum, and a master's /doctoral thesis to fulfill degree requirements. With a great freedom to choose from a wide variety of courses, all students must specialize in translating texts in two of the followings four areas: science and technology, law and politics, economy and commerce, and literature. Students who have not resided in an English-speaking country for more than a year are required to participate in a study-abroad program for cultural exposure for at least three months. GITI graduates are expected to be bi-lingual, bi-cultural translators and interpreters.

Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature

The Institute boasts four features. First of all, it is the first graduate institute ever founded in Taiwan devoted to an integrated study of Taiwan culture, languages, and literature. Secondly, it consists of the 3 above-mentioned disciplines, accepting graduate students equipped with basic background in these fields. Thirdly, it aims to prepare master’s and doctorates-degree-level students to conduct advanced research in their chosen fields. Lastly, it stresses both the local and the global perspectives, both theory and practice, aiming to construct the subjectivity of Taiwan culture.

Graduate Institute of Taiwan History

Graduate Institute of Taiwan History is established on August 1, 2004 and Associate Professor Tsai Chin-tang is our Director. Our institute has five full-time Professors and eight Part-time Professors now. Our orientation emphasizes on the Marine History, History of Taiwan District, History of Taiwan Culture, Paleo-history and History of Taiwan Industries and Technology, etc. All these topics cultivate students’ understanding on the development of Taiwan. On the research method, we emphasize on the historical theory, literature, historical material, as well as the fieldwork.

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