Department of History TEL: 886-6-275-7575 EXT.52300 FAX: 886-6-2766477 E-MAIL: [email protected] History The Department of History was established in 1956. The Department introduced (with the Chinese Department) an M.A. program in 1985. Later, it would have its own M.A. program in 1993, and still later, a Ph.D. program in 1997. It established its M.A. program of continuing education in 2003. The Department is located in one of the most scenic spots at NCKU and housed in a historical early 20th century building. Students find the atmosphere both serene and inspiring, an ideal and quiet place for both study and research. Faculty The Department’s faculty consists of 24 full-time members, 5 adjunct members, 1 academic assistant and 2 administrative assistants. 16 members of the faculty have obtained doctoral degrees and many of them have been awarded honors for their distinguished scholarship. The academic interests of the faculty can be divided into three broad categories: Chinese History: 15 Taiwanese History: 7 World History: 5 Curriculum The Department takes pride in its balanced development in the academic interests covering different periods of history, areas of civilization and special topics, and provides students with a wide range of courses to choose between. All faculty members supervise postgraduate studies in topics of different natures. Its traditional excellence in the teaching of Taiwanese history has recently been balanced by the no less distinguished performance in other areas. Students will find the courses intellectually stimulating. In addition they will also find, and be asked to attend, guest lectures on topics related to the most recent developments in historical study. Research As the Department is located in the ancient city of Tainan, a location with a well-established humanistic tradition and a great number of historical monuments it is well positioned to be a center for the regional study of Taiwan. A knowledge of Taiwan’s own past nowadays is an essential part of school and university curriculum. The Department is proud of its excellent studies in Chinese history, especially histories of the Ming-Chin dynasties and their overseas activities. This has placed the study of Taiwan’s past in a global compass. This is completed by the new development of Western history as an independent discipline. We have created the only Data Center of Western History in Taiwan. We have held the first academic conference on Western history in this country. The Department is considering a strategic co-operation with the Foreign Language Department to create a more comprehensive approach to Western history in terms of cultural study. Future Development The Department will continue its academic excellence by a strategic utilization of resources to support different researches in an interdisciplinary orientation through funding and liaison with scholars, home and abroad. For the benefit of the students, the Department has laid an increasing stress on the more pragmatic side of scholarship and offered courses on subjects such as the management and restoration of ancient monuments, and journalism. This arrangement will provide students with an added competitiveness in the job market. As history is widely recognized as an academic discipline vital to the society as a whole, and the Department’s newly added M.A. program of continuing education is aimed to admit more students, targeting at school teachers in particular. It tries to render the results of academic research in a more approachable way. So as a successful academic institute, the Department hopes to be academically independent and also socially responsible.