In 2000, the Department of Western Languages and Literature was founded to cultivate well-read literature majors and culturally-literate language experts. It is hoped our students will graduate with an appreciation and working knowledge of other related areas of scholastic and professional interest.
Our curriculum is designed to:
1. Impart to students an understanding of western languages, cultures and their histories through linguistics, literature and cultural studies.
2. Enhance students' communicative competence through listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating practice.
Special features in the curriculum include:
1. Solid training in basic language abilities
Students are placed into small classes to intensify their training and ensure better learning efficiency. Main courses include English Listening and Conversation, English Composition and Advanced English Listening and Conversation. Each student is required to take one second foreign language (French, German, Spanish, or Japanese) for two years, earning a total of 8 credits in that language for graduation.
2. Comprehensive Literature and Culture Courses
Courses like Approaches to Literature and Introduction to Western Literature prepare students for later more advanced studies in literature and culture. Study of the historical background of each literary period will provide a better link between the works and the literary tradition of the time. A more advanced study will entail courses in literary movements, literary theories, philosophy, and ideological trends. Core courses include History of English Literature and History of American Literature. These courses are supplemented by a variety of elective courses such as English and American Fiction, English and American Poetry, English and American Drama, Shakespeare, Shakespeare on Film, Children's Literature in English, Contemporary Cultural Theories, Drama Production, An Introduction to 18th Century English Conduct Literature, English Drama in Practice, etc.
This curriculum aims to impart a basic knowledge of linguistics to enable students to continue their study in this field. Main courses include Introduction to Linguistics, Phonetics, Sociolinguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics/Linguistic Anthropology, Syntax, Phonology, etc.
The Department of Western Languages and Literature offers a master’s program with the hope of cultivating humanistic education, language culture, teaching practicum, and appreciation of literature in Taiwan. The program also helps establish a diverse and vibrant environment in teaching and learning resources which benefit students from all backgrounds. With the combination of various professional language and teaching trainings, this program enables students to apply their skills to both research and society with global perspectives.
The MA program includes two pathways. Students are required to choose either one of the pathways as the focus during their graduate studies.