Our course design is flexible. Our undergraduate students are encouraged to have a double major or a minor, and to study Southeast Asian languages, such as Thai and Viet Namese. Courses are divided into the six categories shown; students are required to finish two out of the six before they can graduate.

1. The History of Chinese Oceanic Development:
In order to understand Chinese activities on the ocean and all aspects of Taiwanese culture, knowledge of this area is essential.
Example courses: “Topics in Sino-Japanese Trade History,” “Seminar on Modern Chinese Business History.”

2. The History of the Chinese Overseas:
It is one of the aims of the University to have Chinese students in foreign lands study here. The experience of living and interacting with young people from other countries is very helpful, also, to Taiwanese students. Familiarity with this subject helps students understand the historical process of Chinese emigration.
Example courses: “History of North American Chinese,” “The Economic History of the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia.”

3. The History of Taiwanese Society and Culture:
Our University is located in Puli Township, Nantou County, where, in the past, the Han People and indigenous peoples interacted extensively; we should thus not ignore emigrant society, the development of the area, relations among the various tribes, social structures, social and cultural transitions, and so on in Taiwanese society and culture. Field works are emphasized.
Example courses: “The Industrial History of Taiwan,” “Cross-Straits Relations between Taiwan and China in the Postwar Period.”

4. The History of Chinese Society and Culture:
Most Chinese emigrants to Taiwan and Southeast Asia came from South China. This area of study emphasizes South Chinese customs, society, and traditional culture.
Example course: “Topics in Late Ming History,” “Selected Readings in the History of Chinese Women.”

5. The History of the Chinese Economy (1368-1970):
This subject enquires into how China, which had already developed an independent and mature economic system by the time of the Industrial Revolution, progressively modernized to the early modern era.
Example courses: “The Change in the Financial Organization of Modern China,” “Topics in the Social and Economic History of the Ming and Qing Periods.”

6. The History of World Civilization:
Apart from Western history, in this area we emphasize the influence of Western powers on the Eastern world, including its consequences for Chinese history and culture, as well as Chinese immigration.
Example courses: “Modern Irish History,” “From New Social History to New Cultural History.”