About the Department of History (Zhuhai)
The disciplines of History at Sun Yat-sen University were established as early as the 1920s. Many a founder of History disciplines in modern China, including Tschen Yin Koh, Fu Sinian, Gu Jiegang, Cen Zhongmian, Liang Fangzhong, Liu Jie, Chen Xujing, was once part of the faculty, where they left a rich academic heritage.
In 1998, The Department of History was authorized to offer first-grade doctorate degree by Ministry of Education. In 2007, Ancient Chinese History and Modern Chinese History were selected as the national key disciplines. In 2011, according to the adjustment of subject directory, History disciplines were rearranged as three first-grade disciplines: Chinese History, World History, and Archeology. In the same year, our university was authorized to offer doctorate degree of the above-mentioned first-grade disciplines. In 2013, the first-grade discipline of Chinese History was awarded as Provincial Key Discipline (Peak-Climbing Key Discipline), and the discipline of World History was awarded as Provincial Key Discipline (Preponderant Key Discipline).
The Department of History (Zhuhai) was established in October 2015, as part of the strategic scheme to fully elevate Sun Yat-sen University to the status of an internationally top-tier university, enhance the soft power of Zhuhai City, and to support the implementation of the “The Belt and Road” policy. The Department of History (Zhuhai) and the Department of History (Guangzhou) will integrate complementary disciplines and lay out a new pattern of reciprocal development. The Department of History (Zhuhai) will continue to uphold the integrity of all the first-grade disciplines of History, while laying special emphasis on the first-grade discipline of World History, and focusing on the development of Ancient World History, European History, Maritime History, Environmental History, in relation to the policy of “The Belt and Road.”
Geographical Advantages: Zhuhai, facing the South China Sea, is closely connected with Hong Kong and Macao and adjacent to Southeast Asia. The city is the key node of China’s “”The Belt and Road” strategy. Zhuhai also provides the most desirable environment for the first-grade discipline of World History. In the following years, the Department of History (Zhuhai) will develop the research areas of World History, Maritime History, Science and Technology History, and Regional and National History with a global perspective and forward-looking vision, and integrate our three first-grade disciplines in an all-round manner.
National Strategy: Within the framework of “The Belt and Road” policy, the Department of History (Zhuhai) will strengthen the innovation of World History studies and fulfill the actual needs of Zhuhai city in cultural upgrading. By conducting targeted research on the nations and regions along the route of “the 21st century Maritime Silk Road”, we seek to deepen and perfect the discipline system of World History.
International Exchange: The Department of History (Zhuhai) at Sun Yat-sen University will strive to explore innovative methods of international academic exchanges and cooperation.The department, with all openness, welcomes outstanding scholars around the world to study and teach here. We will spare no efforts to advance the studies of Regional and National History, such as Ancient World History,Egyptology, Assyriology, European History, Greek History, Roman History, History of Great Britain, French History, German History, Japanese History, History of the Arabs, as well as Specialized History including the History of Sino-Foreign Relations, Science and Technology History and Economic History.
Introduction of the Major
We strive to provide elites of historiography with a solid academic foundation and a thorough understanding of the process of human civilization. Meanwhile, we train them to be multilingual with a good command of English and second foreign language and a basic understanding of at least one European classical language such as Latin or ancient Greek.
Ancient Chinese History, Modern Chinese History, Selected Readings of Chinese Historical Literature, European Classical Languages, Ancient World History,Modern World History, etc.
Introduction to Historical Geography, Introduction to Historiography, History of Chinese Historiography, History of Western Historiography, Egyptology,Ancient Greek and Roman History, European History,Asian History, Environmental History, Maritime History, History of Sino-Western Communications, Introduction to Archeology, Socio-economic History of China, etc.
Survey of Historical and Cultural Resources on Regional Society, Survey on South China’s Foreign Trade Ports, Field Study of Historical Geography, Science and Technology History, Demographic History, History of Chinese Classics, etc.
Sun Yat-sen University aims to provide talents who have both academic ability and moral integrity, who are charismatic and eager to serve the country as pillars of the society. In accordance with the university’s principle, the Department of History (Zhuhai) carries out talent training plans as follows:
To provide historians with solid academic foundation and global history perspective. We provide a complete and comprehensive fundamental education for the students, while putting emphasis on the study of World History and the recent discoveries of the cutting-edge studies. Through learning, students will master the fundamental knowledge of World History and Chinese History, and understand the overall process of human civilization. We also cultivate students’ linguistic competence: English, second foreign language, European classical languages such as Latin and ancient Greek are part of the curriculum.Students are expected to have an understanding of ancient civilizations, international politics, international relations, global economy, and other related topics. Based on their understanding of multiculturalism, students will be guided to form a historical perspective of global view. Our goal is to support the national policy of “The Belt and Road”, fulfill the actual needs of Zhuhai city in terms of cultural upgrading, and provide intellectuals for China’s foreign affairs and the studies of international issues.
To provide scholars with humanistic spirit and practical ability. The Department values both humanistic spirit and scientific literacy. In the course of learning from the great achievements of politics, economy, art and science of the world civilization, the students are instructed to study systematically, to think independently, to explore actively, to reason logically, and to research meticulously. At the same time, students can expand their experience through our wide range of practical curriculum. We foster problem-solving abilities in real practice.
To provide constructors with healthy personality and social responsibility. We strive to establish a learning environment which is physically and mentally healthy for students. We value both open minds and moral integrity. In terms of campus life, we encourage students to love, to forgive, and to help each other. We expect students to be global-minded, ambitious, competent, industrious, motivated and ready to shoulder the responsibility to make contributions to the society in the future.