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Graduate School of Taiwanese Culture


Graduate School of Taiwanese Culture


Our school was established on August 1st, 2002. It is the first graduate school for Taiwanese culture among all educational university systems. During the draft period, we had preparing educators in Taiwanese literature research and education as our goal; on August 1st, 2006, we added a master’s degree program in Taiwanese Culture (all courses from this program are during nighttime) to push our regional culture education, and to improve the qualities of academic educators. On August 1st, 2007, we changed our department name to “Graduate School of Taiwanese Culture.” The graduate school was divided into two groups: Taiwanese Literature and Taiwanese History and Geography. We invited various cultural professionals to joint our faculty team and to participate in our research that attracts international attention.

On August 1st, 2009, the “Taiwanese History and Geography” group was changed to “Taiwanese History”, aiming to promote Taiwan literature and history research, instruction, popularization as our main developing points, and strive to combine our teachers’ specialty, the students’ learning interests and social practice, in order to establish a historic literary style of study and a social practice discipline. 


We currently have six fulltime faculty, including the Dean: assistant professor Shung-Young Lin, Assistant professor Wei-Fong Lee, assistant professor Shung-Von Won, assistant professor Fen-Wong Ying, assistant professor I-Lin Ho, and assistant professor. Chin-Chin Feng. All six have their own different research fields, abundant achievements and teaching enthusiasm, and contribute their greatest effort to promote the development of Taiwanese culture and social reform. 


According to our goal and mission, the course design in our literature group is to offer students’ discipline in Taiwanese Literature Theory and Research Method, to prepare professionals in Taiwanese literature research, and open the students’ vision in research, teaching and creation. For our historical group, we expect students to be experts in Taiwanese Historical Research and to have academic research and social practice skills. Faculty from both groups supports each other and has their course correlated to provide the students’ learning capacity in crossing fields and inspire their potentials. 


Our course framework is divided into three areas: Literature, History, and Common Courses for both Literature and History. Students who choose to be in the literature group are required to complete 6 credit hours for required courses and 26 credit hours for elective courses for a total of 32 credit hours (including one of the two courses: “Topics in Taiwanese Languages and Literature” and “A General Survey of Taiwanese Language,” and 9 credit hours for courses offered from other departments and universities.) Students from the history group must complete 3 credit hours for required courses and 29 credit hours for elective courses for a total of 32 credit hours (including: (1)one of the two courses: “Historical Data and Research Method”, “Theory and Practice of the Oral History”; (2) two of the following four courses: “Topics in Maritime History of Early Taiwan”, “Seminar on Ching Dynasty Taiwan”, “Topics in Taiwanese History during the Japanese Rule”, and “Topics in History of Post-War Taiwan”; and(3) 9 credit hours for courses offered from other departments and unive ixrsities) prior to their graduation.

Download: Graduate Course Structure and Course List



Students will need to take at lease 4 credit hours from foreign language courses and to pass their beginning level foreign language certification exams before they graduate. If students have completed this language requirement during their undergraduate studies, they are excluded from this requirement. Other than language requirements, students are also required to complete two of the following academic activities.

       I. Publishing A Thesis

  1. Have at least one thesis published in academic periodicals
  2. Participate at least one off-campus or international thesis presentation or a minimum of two on-campus thesis presentations
  3. Choose either option A or B

      II. Participating Academic Activities

  1. Students must participate six one-day or more academic thesis presentation seminars (students are allowed to accumulate seminars that are one day or less.) and submit a 1000 words report afterwards for every 6 seminars.
  2. If the events are held by our department, students are required to attend three thesis presentations and three speeches on special topics.
  3. Attending two-day history and academic research camp could cancel out one academic thesis presentation, for a maximum of four times.  


Our graduates may choose to either take a higher education or a career

  1. Higher Education: entering a Ph.D. domestic program related to Taiwanese literature or history, or any other Ph.D. programs in related fields offered from foreign universities
  2. Career:


a. Literature group:

i. Teachers in elementary or junior high schools, dialect instructors, media reporters, publishing editors, creative employees in advertising companies

ii. Community history workers, national or regional government officials

iii. Literature writers, journalists in historical literature, and employees in related cultural art foundations

b.  History group:

i. Taiwanese historians, national historians, regional cultural literature editors, history teachers in elementary and junior high schools

ii. Community history workers, national or regional government officials

iii. Tourism and cultural industry workers, county and city planners, environmental resources preservationists 



Tel: 886-2-27321104 ext. 2231

Fax: 886-2-23788790



2008  Elementary and junior teachers in “Literature and Image”, Taiwanese Literature and History Study Camp


Lyrics Writer, Ye, Chun-Lin and the Seminar on the Development of Taiwanese Folk Songs


Full-time Faculty in Our Department


Academic Exchange Agreement signed by our director, Lin, Chi-Yang and the Graduate School of Asia Studies, Kyungwon University