Founded in 1998, the Department of Chinese Literature aims to protect and promote the Chinese cultural legacy. It teaches interdisciplinary programs together with Shih Hsin’s respected College of Journalism and Communications, training students in academic research, creative writing, journalism, and communication. Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PHD degrees are available.
The department’s partnership with Shih Hsin’s journalism and communications programs is distinct from Chinese programs in other universities in Taiwan, and gives graduates a competitive career advantage. In 2009, the department launched three programs: the Online Writing Program with the Department of Information and Communications; the News Anchoring Program with Journalism, Speech Communication, Radio, TV & Film; and the Humanities and Communication Program with Journalism, Radio, TV & Film, and English.
The Shih Hsin Library has a prominent Chinese literature collection, containing over 100,000 volumes, including copies of the prized Siku quanshu (Wenyuange Edition), Sibu huiyao, and the Gujin tushu jicheng. The library also houses a collection of rare books, such as several volumes from the Dunhuang Manuscripts, and is well stocked in modern poetry anthologies, essays, novels, literary criticism, and a collection of digital resources.
Graduates work as editors in cultural establishments, or as copywriters, journalists, writers and secretaries. Furthermore, since 2008, the program has certified many students to teach Chinese as a Second Language, thereby improving their career prospects. Meanwhile, many graduates pursue graduate degrees in Taiwan and overseas.
Scholarships for five top-performing students from disadvantaged families are available each academic year.