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Information for Admission to the Graduate School

I. Examination Subjects:

    1. Screening Test of the Master Program:
      1. Examination of Written Materials: 40%
        1. Academic record of the highest educational degree.
        2. Certificate of academic results in university or college.
        3. Autobiography
        4. Study plan
        5. Report on a special topic or other works
      2. Second Examination: 60%
        1. Written examination: Chinese and English historical literature (20%)
        2. Oral examination: 40%
    2. Master Program:
      1. Written Examination (preliminary examination):
        1. General History of China (20%)
        2. World History (20%)
        3. Historical Methodology and Historical Theories (20%)
        4. Translation of Chinese and English Historical Literature (15%)
      2. Oral Examination (second examination): 25%

        Students who pass the preliminary examination must send 5 copies (one original copy and 4 photocopies) of their written work and their study plan to us before the oral examination.

    1. PhD Program:
      1. Examination of Written Materials: (40%)
        1. Study plan: 5 copies
        2. Master¡¦s thesis or research project: 5 copies
        3. Other works: 5 copies
        4. References:
          1. One original copy of the transcript of academic records in university and graduate school
          2. Two recommendation letters from professors
      1. Written Examination: (30%)
        1. Medieval Chinese History
        2. History of Ming and Ching Period
        3. Western History
      2. Oral Examination: (30%)

II. Information for Applicants:

    1. Screening Test for MA Program:
      1. Date and Method of Application:
        November every year. (The exact date will be specified in the Admissions Information.). Only application through Internet is accepted. (For any points not mentioned herein, please refer to the Admissions Information. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Lai by Phone at 05-2720411 ext. 21301.)
      2. Date of Examination:

        A. Examination of Application Materials: November every year. (The exact date will be specified in the Admissions Information.)
        B.Second Examination: December every year. (The exact date will be specified in the formal notice.)

      3. Quota:

        5 (4 full-time students and 1 part-time student)

    2. MA Program:
      1. Date and Method of Application:

        February every year. (The exact date will be specified in the Admissions Information.). Only application through Internet is accepted. (For any points not mentioned herein, please refer to the Admissions Information. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Lai by Phone at 05-2720411 ext. 21301.)

      2. Date of Examination:

        A. Preliminary Examination: March every year. (The exact date will be specified in the Admissions Information.)
        B. Second Examination: May every year. (The exact date will be specified in the formal notice.)

      3. Quota:

        8 (6 full-time students, 1 part-time student, and 1 aboriginal student)

    3. PhD. Program:
      1. Date and Method of Application:
        May every year. (The exact date will be specified in the Admissions Information.). Only application through Internet is accepted.
      2. Date of Examination:
        June every year(The exact date will be specified in the formal notice.)
      3. Quota:

        6 (4 full-time students and 2 part-time students)

III. Brief History
¡@The Department of History was founded in 1991, when only the MA degree program was offered. The undergraduate program was established in 1993. The following year saw the addition of the PhD program.

IV. Teaching
¡@The Department is committed to training future historians by providing them with a rigorous program that combines traditional Chinese studies in literature, history and philosophy with methods from the social sciences. The four principal domains of research in the Department are medieval Chinese history, Ming-Ch¡¦ing history, world history, and, more recently, Taiwanese history. The Department is particularly strong in medieval Chinese history. Research interests of the faculty cover almost all aspects of the medieval period. They range from political history, social history, religious history and ethnic history to historical geography.

¡@ All the faculty members hold a doctoral degree, which they earned from top-notch universities in Asia, Europe, America and Australia. Since 2002, Professor Wong Young¡Vtsu has been appointed Chair Professor of the Department. Professor Sun Lung-kee joined the faculty in 2004. Together, they would help the Department grow into a major center for the study of new cultural history as well as modern and contemporary Chinese history.

V. Current Development:
¡@The traditional strength of the department, as mentioned above, has been medieval Chinese history, Ming and Ch¡¦ing Dynasties history, and Western history. Recently, Taiwanese history has been added to the academic offerings. While emphasis is still laid on the research and teaching of medieval Chinese history, the department is also gaining a reputation for its strong line-up of faculty in Taiwanese history. Under the leadership of Professor Wong Young ¡Vtsu and Professor Yen Shang-wen, the department has participated in the competition for the NT$50 billion funding earmarked for the development of top international universities and top research centers in Taiwan. Their efforts have resulted in the establishment of the Taiwan Humanities Research Center, which was subsidized by the Ministry of Education. With funding from this newly-established Center, the department plans to invite first-class scholars in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, religion and art to teach at the University. The goal is to bring humanities research on Taiwan in the University to the academic forefront in Asia.

¡@ Another area that the Department intends to develop is new cultural history. The addition to the Department of Professor Wong Young-tsu and Professor Sun Lung-kee, who are experts in cultural history and historiography, is expected to enhance the quality of teaching and research in the Department, particularly in the three designated areas of study, namely ¡§History and Thought,¡¨ ¡§Society and Religion¡¨ and ¡§State and Economy.¡¨

VI. Program
1. MA Program
¡@ An MA student, in order to graduate, needs to complete 28 credits, pass a comprehensive examination, and an oral examination. The required course for MA students is ¡§An Introduction to Historical Research.¡¨ Upon matriculation, an MA student should declare a major field and a minor field. He or she should take at least 6 credits of course work in the major field and at least 3 credits of course work in the minor field

2. PhD Program
¡@A PhD student, in order to graduate, needs to complete 18 credits, pass a comprehensive examination, a test in a second foreign language other than English, and an oral examination. The required course for PhD students is ¡§An Introduction to Historical Research.¡¨ Upon matriculation, a PhD student should declare in accordance with his or her proposed research plan a major field and 2 minor fields, one of which can be taken outside of the Department. He or she should take at least 6 credits of course work in the major field and at lest 3 credits of course work in the minor field. These credits are limited to those earned form courses offered by the Department or other departments of the University. At present, courses offered by the Department for the MA and PhD Programs fall into16 areas, namely, medieval Chinese history, Ming-Ch¡¦ing history, world history, early-modern Chinese history, Taiwanese history, historical documents, economic history, social and political history, Sino-foreign relations, historical geography, history of thought, religious history, historiography, ethnic history, modern and contemporary Chinese history, and art history.

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