About the College

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In June 2002, the University started to organize the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which was formally established in May 2004 with authorization from the Ministry of Education. The College includes the Department of Western Languages and Literature, the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Leisure Studies, the Department of Creative Development and Architecture, and the Department of East Asian Studies, which were established in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2008 respectively. The Department of Western Languages and Literature is the first established department of this college. Its curriculum emphasizes both traditional courses of Literature and Linguistics as well as practical language training.  The Department of Creative Development and Architecture, focuses on traditional sculpture, aesthetic and multicultural arts, architecture, universal product design, and digital design.

The Department of East Asian Studies focuses on language training in combination with political, economic and social studies of East Asian countries, such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It is the first department of East Asian studies in southern Taiwan. The Department of Kinesiology, Health and Leisure Studies is the first of its kind to combine the diverse fields of Health, Sports, Health Care, Leisure and Tourism. In 2004 the Department started also to offer a two-year occupational program, and the Department’s graduate program was later on established in 2007. In order to retain and looking for more talented sports, The Department of Athletic Performance was established in 2012 to provide pipeline to high school students of the post players can be improved to take into account the further education and athletic performance.  In addition, the hospital for the construction of cross-disciplinary research platform, was founded in 2011 The Research Center of  Humanities and Technology , so as to integrate different areas of expertise of its faculty and research, in order to enhance the the hospital overall academic R & D and teaching energy. In order to assist students in future employment and career learning to help people to a better understanding of the Vietnamese culture, new understanding of the new residents to change the stereotype of the people on the new residents, new residents into the happy life in Taiwan, put up the bridge, and promote academic exchanges to promote Vietnamese test, the training schools Vietnamese teachers to promote the cooperation of industry, government, expand the visibility of Arts and Social Sciences of the University, was established in 2012 The Research Center of Vietnam in order to provide a good research environment and resources.


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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences of the National University of Kaohsiung is the only college in southern Taiwan that brings together disciplines from the humanities and the social sciences. With the objective of providing other departments with high-quality teaching and research in the humanities and the social sciences, the College aims to train professionals with aesthetic and social consciousness as well as international vision. In support of this ideal, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is devoted to the integration of teaching resources from different departments:

1. Three courses are mandatory for all students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences: “Central Problems in Philosophy”, “Globalization and Multi-culture” and “Technology and Society”, totaling 6 credits in the Core General Curriculum, aimed at developing fundamental concepts in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

2.To raise employment competitiveness, students are encouraged to cultivate a second professional specialty. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers interdisciplinary courses, such as “Guide Training Program for Tourism Industry” and “Foreign Language Program for Medical Tourism”. Integrated curriculums with other colleges, such as the “Humanities and Business Management Program”, are also offered.

Through collaboration, the four departments of the College aim to offer training in professional language skills, multicultural innovation, and healthy, happy lives. Features of each department are outlined below.

The Department of Western Languages and Literature offers classes that enhance cultural and social understanding. Courses include the History of Western Civilization, Introduction to Western Literature, Contemporary English and American Literature, English and American Children's Literature, English and American Novel, Feminism, and Sociolinguistics.

The Department of Kinesiology, Health and Leisure Studies combines a rich variety of classes that seek to improve general mental and physical well-being through hotel management, warehouse management, hot spring rehabilitation management, spa, and sports injuries and treatment. Theories of humanistic spirit embedded in these social activities are studied through such courses as “Health Promotion, Theory and Practice”, “Security Education and First Aid”, “Introduction to Leisure and Recreation”, “Environmental Health and Protection”, “Athletic Science”, “Psychology of Sports and Exercises”, “Environmental Health”, “Traveling and Security”, “Construction of a Healthy Community”, and “Economics”. The Department also provides field training in governmental offices of health promotion, leisure farms, fitness centers, hospitals and research institutions.

The Department of Creative Development and Architecture offers courses on a rich range of arts and craftsmanship, including Basic Carving, Basic Molding, History of Chinese Art, Auspicious Signs and Culture, Traditional Wood Carving, Figure Molding, Pattern Drafting, Metal in Tin, Field Work, Workshop Issue and Bamboo Carving.

The Department of East Asian Studies includes programs for the study of the languages as well as the cultures of East Asian countries. In collaboration with other departments in NUK, the Department aims to provide interdisciplinary training concerning the languages, societies, and cultures of major East Asia countries, such as Japan, Korea, China, and Vietnam. Building upon language training, the curriculum examines international relationships from a Taiwanese perspective. Academic programs include East Asian languages, social science theory, practices, and application, Asian literatures, Japanese conversation and translation, Korean conversation and translation, the training of a third foreign language, and international student exchange programs.

The Department of Athletic Performance recruit a total of 45 students of four categories of baseball, table tennis, badminton, swimming and other sports expertise, admission scores, the highest entitled to tuition and fees, accommodation Waiver two, while helping to apply for scholarship grants, to takelet no worries spell out under a light.





In order to cultivate students with a sound and cosmopolitan education, the College will continue to seek progress in the following three dimensions: first, to balance the needs for local development as well as globalization; second, to improve the quality of art and cultural education in South Taiwan; third, to enhance collaboration among colleges within NUK. In terms of curriculum, the college will continue to encourage collaboration between different disciplines within NUK. The goal is to develop further interdisciplinary programs, for example, an Architecture and Art program, WTO program, and Foreign Language Translation Program.

In line with the University’s development plan, a Master’s Program of Western Languages and Literature, a Master’s Program of Traditional Arts and Creative Design, and a doctoral Program of Kinesiology, Health and Leisure Studies will also be established in the near future. To build up a research platform, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is planning to establish a Research Center of Humanities and Technology, to encourage cooperation among professors of different fields and promote overall academic development and teaching efficiency. Additionally, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences cooperates with universities abroad and promotes exchange student programs in order to broaden students’ international horizons and to provide rich and diverse learning opportunities.