Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences aims at exploring the range of knowledge and skills in the areas of languages and literature, culture and history, critical thinking and philosophy, media and communication studies and professional ethics.

The mission of the Faculty is to provide a broad-based education with a specialization to our students, who will be culturally and linguistically competent at the workplace and society with a think global and act local mindset. The Faculty focuses on students’ cultural cultivation as well as the proficient use of language, giving them the confidence and ability to face the challenges of a society where tri-lingualism (Cantonese, Putonghua and English), cultural sensitivities and global awareness are increasingly important.

Message from Acting Dean

We are a community of dedicated teachers and professionals to prepare our students in good stead for wide-ranging careers. The Faculty consists of three Departments: Chinese Literature, English, Journalism and Communication, and offers innovative curricula that respond to the needs of society and equip students to become employable graduates and responsible citizens with lifelong learning.

The Department of Chinese Literature aims to foster students with proficient language abilities in creative writing and sound knowledge of classical and modern Chinese literature through in-depth training of ancient and modern classics.

The Department of English offers students to gain a good understanding of the English language education and the culture behind it as well as English for Specific Purpose to meet the demands of different kinds of jobs. Also, students after finishing the first year can choose to go on exchange with our partner institution, the Potsdam University in Germany.

The Department of Journalism and Communication, established since 1968 has nurtured more than 2,500 graduates. Its three programmes (Journalism and Communication, Advertising and Corporate Communication, Communication and Cross-media) provide state-of-the-art training in the above areas. The Department has also been running a summer internship scheme in which students are scheduled to work in large organizations in Hong Kong, Beijing, Taiwan, and Canada.

The Faculty is gaining international recognition through its strong academic links with overseas universities, having established academic cooperation and exchange activities with Peking University, Nanjing University, National Chengchi University, and the University of Potsdam in Germany.

For more information, I invite you to browse our website to explore both our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Thomas Yun-tong LUK
Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
B.A. (CUHK), M.A. (York, Canada)
Ph.D. (University of Michigan)


Degree Programmes Fully Recognized under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework

The following programmes are accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications:

Undergraduate Programmes

Taught Postgraduate Programmes

# Prior to 2023/24 academic year, the programme was entitled “Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English for Professional Communication”.

Department of Chinese Literature

Explore particular moments in cultural history...

Programmes in Chinese history and Chinese literature aim to foster a critical understanding and appreciation of literary and historical expression. Specific courses focus on literary texts and upon methods of literary analysis and criticism; others explore particular moments in cultural history and emphasize how works of art, or pieces of historical writings, function within a given society.

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Department of English

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Studies #

The B.A. (Hons) in English Studies introduces you to the study of the English language, linguistics, literature, translation, elements of Western civilization. You will also learn to use English for specific purposes (ESP) in practical areas, such as publishing and editing, media communication, business, and technical communication, and more. Other foreign language courses are also offered. After the first year of study, students can apply for an exchange programme with our overseas partner university in Germany.

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# Prior to 2023/24 academic year, the programme was entitled “Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English for Professional Communication”.

Department of Journalism and Communication

Unique positioning of the Department

The Department of Journalism and Communication provides one of the oldest tertiary education programmes in Hong Kong, and has been producing journalists in Hong Kong for more than 50 years. With an emphasis on both theories and practical training, our programmes teach students about modern developments in journalism and communication and allow them to practise in our digital TV news studio and radio station fully equipped to professional standards.

Students have the opportunity of annual summer placement in various reputable news and broadcasting agencies in Hong Kong and overseas.

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