University & Program

Soochow University

Department of English Language and Literature

Program Level
Bachelor / Master
Language of instruction
50% taught in English
Fall / Spring

The Department of Foreign Languages was founded in July, 1954 with the reactivation of the University in Taiwan.
In 1976, the Department of English Language and Literature became independent of the Department of Foreign Languages.
In 2001, the Graduate Program of Comparative Literature was founded.
In 2011, the Graduate Program was renamed the Graduate Program of the English Department.
The Objective of the Department
The objective of the Department of English Language and Literature is to develop students’ language ability with basic training courses focusing on practical English. All literature courses and basic linguistic courses are offered to cultivate students’ life-long appreciation of humanistic traditions and cultures as well as elevating their overall knowledge of English language.

Educational Goals
The curriculum is designed to improve students’ listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating abilities so that they are equipped with language aptitude and specialties in related fields for future careers. The main goal of the department is to fulfil both cultural and social functions of college education with English teaching in both language and culture.

Departmental Features:
The faculty members and administrative staff conscientiously devote themselves to improving the quality of their teaching and concern themselves with a wide range of matters with regard to students' learning and creating a positive learning environment.
The curriculum is rich in content and open in perspective.
We have a systematic set of translation courses in which practical drills are highlighted and a rich offering of courses in the field of etymology unique in Taiwan.
Administrative work and meetings are conducted bilingually and all full-time faculty members, including ten foreign-born instructors offer "English Corner" counseling to work with our students in English on an individual basis.

The Department of English Language and Literature provides solid English language training as well as translation and interpretation skills. We are well known for our emphasis on linguistic, literary and cultural studies. In response to domestic industry demand and globalization, the English Department aims to train students to develop specialized language skills and to cultivate their knowledge and appreciation of the humanities. Graduates of the Department should have fostered the abilities to work professionally in cross-cultural fields, to think in global terms and to adapt to specific needs and demands of a dynamic work environment.

Undergraduate studies: For the minimum number of credits required for graduation please refer to the annual credit chart. Apart from compulsory courses and common core courses, all students are required to take 16 credits on courses outside the English Department to broaden skills and overall knowledge. Taking into consideration post-graduation work opportunities, students are eligible to take business and management courses.


Contact information

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