Course Requirements




Master's Course structure (27 credits)

Obligatory Courses (Total 9 Credits):

Introduction to Cultural Studies (3 credits)
Academic Training Seminar (3 credits)
Independent Study (3 credits total; one credit per Independent Study)

Required Concentration (Total 3 Credits):

One or more courses in Social, Cultural and Political Thoughts

Electives (Total 15 Credits):

Suggested Concentrations Include:
Taiwan Culture
Modernity in East Asia
Comparative Study of Cultural History
Note: 9 credits are open for outside school elective courses

 

 

PhD Curriculum (30 credits)

Obligatory Courses (Total 9 Credits):

Introduction to Cultural Studies (3 credits)
Academic Training Seminar (3 credits)
Independent Study (3 credits total; one credit per Independent Study)

Required Concentration (Total 6 Credits):

Two or more courses in Social, Cultural and Political Thoughts

Electives Within Cultural Studies (Total 15 Credits):

Suggested Concentrations Include:
Taiwan Culture
Modernity in East Asia
Comparative Study of Cultural History

Notes:
1. 9 credits open for outside school elective courses
2. Completion of a second language required

 

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Master's Degree Regulations

I. The following regulations are established according to National Chiao Tung University’s master’s and doctoral degree granting rules. They are applicable for master’s students admitted in year 103 and after.

II. Admission Requirements
1. Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or its equivalence recognized by the Ministry of Education from public or private universities (including independent institutes), or foreign universities recognized by the Ministry of Education, are eligible for admission. Students should have passed the graduate admissions test or an equivalent exam in order to be admitted.

2. Students may transfer to this institute after they have completed the first year of the master’s degree program in a similar department at Chiao Tung University. This process will be decided on an individual basis. The application should include the transcript, semester reports and the application form. Students will be admitted upon approval by the institute’s committee. Approved students may not re-apply or return to their previous department.

III. Duration of Study
1. The master’s degree program requires 2 to 3 years to be completed. However, in case of outstanding performance, earlier graduation is possible. (This also applies to those admitted before the year 103).

2. Students who for some reason need to apply for academic suspension are subject to the approval of their advisor and the chair of the institute. Suspension may be one semester or one academic year, and no more than four semesters (2 years) during the whole course of study. The accumulated duration cannot exceed two academic years. However, due to illness or rehabilitation, students may apply for an extension and the decisions are subject to the university senate. If students who apply for a one or two-year suspension wish to resume, they will be permitted if they have not yet been called up for their military service. Those who have received their call-up notice will not be permitted to resume. Students who are called for military service during the suspension and who will not be discharged within two years should provide proof from the military and apply for an extension. They may apply for resumption with proof that their military service has been completed.

IV. Courses and Credits
1. Aside from the completion of a thesis, students are required to complete 27 credits from the courses approved by the institute.

2. Among the required credits, “Introduction to Cultural Studies,” “Professional Training Seminar” and “Independent Study” are compulsory. “Independent Studies” are to be conducted according to students’ research areas and thesis topics, during which students will meet with their advisor or professor to discuss the books they plan to read and the progress of their research. “Independent Study” should be taken from the second semester of the first year and continue until the second semester of the second year. In total there should be 3 semesters with 1 credit gained from each. In addition to the compulsory courses, students are required to select 3 credits each from the two groups of courses: “Social, Cultural and Political Thoughts” and “Cultural Studies: Methods and Practices.” As for the rest of the credits, students are encouraged to create an individual professional area by selecting courses from the following areas including “East Asian Modernity,” “Taiwan Cultural Studies,” and “Comparative Studies of Cultural History.” Auxiliary courses, or any other courses outside the department or the school recognized by the institute will be approved as institute credits.

Foreign students may select “Introduction to Inter-Asia Cultural Studies” (course conducted in English) in the “International Institute for Cultural Studies” curriculum. The course can be admitted as the equivalent for “Introduction to Cultural Studies.”

Foreign students may select “Thesis Writing and Methodology” (course conducted in English; open every two years) in the “International Institute for Cultural Studies” curriculum. The course is recognized as the equivalent of the “Professional Training Seminar.” Alternatively, students may select “English Thesis Writing” at Chiao Tung University.

3. Besides the courses offered in the institute, students may also select courses from other universities. Students are required to have the course syllabus approved by an advisor (or mentor) or the chair of the institute before taking the course. Inter-school credits cannot exceed a maximum of 9 credits.

4. Students who have previously taken the required courses with a passing grade while they were enrolled in undergraduate study may have their transcripts and course syllabus submitted to the curriculum committee for course waiver. Decisions are made by the curriculum committee for the credits to be waived.

5. If students have previously taken any course in the institute while they are enrolled in undergraduate study, but the credits taken are not included in their undergraduate study, they may submit to the curriculum committee for course waiver. The credits may be granted as master’s degree credits when they are approved by the curriculum committee.

6. For students who retake the entrance exam or reapply for admission while previously having taken credits before they were admitted to the institute, courses are to be waived accordingly. The courses waived cannot exceed one-half of the total number of required credits.

V. Professors and Advisors
1. When students are enrolled in the institute, they will choose a professor in the institute as their mentor. For those who have not selected a mentor, they will be given one by the department. From the first semester onwards, the mentors will assist students in selecting courses and adapting in the academic life. The mentor’s assistance will continue until the students choose their advisor. Students are advised to choose their advisor at the third semester after they are enrolled.

2. At the beginning of each semester, students should discuss with their advisor or mentor about the semester’s course selection, have them approve and sign on the course selection sheet and submit it to the department.

3. Every fall semester students should submit their academic report of the previous academic year through email and paper form. The academic report should include their course selection, conferences attended, publications and language proficiency. A copy should be sent to the student's advisor or the mentor.

4. At the beginning of the third semester after their enrollment, students should choose their advisor according to the research area of their thesis, and submit the application form for selecting a thesis advisor. The advisor needs to be a full-time assistant professor or above teaching at Chiao Tung University. If students want to change their advisor, they need to provide an application with the approval from their previous advisor, the new advisor and the chair of the department. If for any reason either the student or the advisor wishes to terminate the advising relationship, it is required that both are informed before the change. If any issues cannot be settled, they will be decided through a department meeting.

VI. Thesis
1. Thesis proposal
A. After competing 18 credits, students can apply for the oral exam for their thesis proposal. Students should complete the oral exam for their thesis proposal no later than the end of the forth semester after they are admitted (the end of the second semester in the second academic year).

B. Students are required to submit their thesis proposal three weeks before the oral exam. The thesis proposal should be approved and signed by the advisor.
The advisor will inform the chair of the department and form a 3-person thesis committee. The oral exam is to be open to public. The department will announce the time, location, and the thesis topic one week before the oral exam.

C. Students who wish to ask an assistant professor or above from another institute or university to be their advisor need to obtain approval from a department meeting. (A part-time professor within the institute is equivalent to a full-time professor).

2. Master’s Thesis and Oral Defense
A. After students have completed the required credits and have passed all other requirements, they can submit their final thesis for oral defense. Students will be awarded the master’s degree when they have passed the final oral defense. If students can only finish all the required credits by the end of the semester, they can ask for the advisor’s recommendation for an early oral defense, and the master’s degree will be awarded when they complete all the required credits. If students cannot complete the credits by the end of the semester, the oral defense will not be recognized.

B. The final oral defense cannot be held earlier than three months after the thesis proposal oral exam. The thesis should be submitted three weeks before the oral defense. The oral defense should be held during the school year defined by the university calendar dates, otherwise it should be postponed to the following semester.

C. When students apply for the master’s thesis oral defense they should have their advisor sign the “thesis advisor’s recommendation.”

D. The thesis committee should be no less than three members, including at least one member from another school. Committee members are hired by the president of the university. One member will be appointed as the convener and the advisor cannot be appointed to this role. The oral defense should be held with three members present. The committee members must be present in person, and cannot ask other people to represent them. If any members need to be replaced, it must be approved by the chair of the department one week before the oral defense.

E. The oral defense is evaluated on a 100-point scale. Students need to have 70 in order to pass. It is a one-time evaluation, based on the average of all the committee members’ grades given. If half of the committee members give grades lower than 70, then the grades will not be averaged. In the case of failing the oral defense, it is possible to re-apply for another oral defense after 3 months. The re-application can only be done once.

F. Students who are accused of plagiarism or fraud will be re-evaluated by the committee, and if proven, the oral defense will be considered as failed.

G. For those who pass the oral defense, they should revise their thesis based on committee members’ suggestions. After students have done the revision they should resubmit the thesis, and it will be considered as passed when at least two-thirds of the committee members approve. The revisions will not be graded. When the review of the final revision is done, the committee members will have to sign a “thesis oral exam committee evaluation.” The grade given at the oral defense is considered as the grade for the degree exam.

H. If students pass their oral defense by January 31 or July 31, and cannot complete the revision and turn in the “thesis oral exam committee evaluation” within the first two weeks of the following semester, they should still enroll in school in that following semester. If students cannot turn in the evaluation form by the end of their regulated maximum years of study, the final exam will be considered as failed and the student will be dropped from the university.

I. Except for students who are taking teacher’s education courses and who will have to remain in school for the courses, for those who pass the oral defense and final evaluation, the department should submit the oral exam grades and a copy of the “thesis oral exam committee evaluation” to the university’s registrar division within one week.

J. The semester students graduate will be the same semester when they turn in the oral exam grades and the evaluation form. Those who have turned in the grades and the form but have not yet completed the rest of the administration requirements for graduation will be classified as graduated status.

K. Within one month after the oral exam, students should submit the final version of their abstract and the full thesis online (according to the “National Chiao Tung University Library thesis digital file archiving regulations”), and submit 4 copies of the thesis, including 2 copies to the department’s office, 1 copy to the library, and 1 copy to the academic affair’s office which will be sent to the Ministry of Education.

VII. For students who are on a joint MA/PhD program who pass the PhD candidacy qualifying exams but fail to pass the oral defense, their PhD thesis is to be evaluated by the thesis committee to consider granting a master’s degree.

VIII. Students who fail to complete required credits and the oral defense within the regulated years of study will be dropped from the university.

IX. For master’s or PhD degrees which have already been granted, the school has to right to revoke the degree if plagiarism is found within the thesis. If proved by investigation, the degree and diploma will be revoked.

X. Other regulations that are not included here are to be conducted according to the Chiao Tung University’s regulations on master’s and PhD degree granting.

XI. The above regulations are established by department meeting, and are reviewed by the school course committee and university course committee. The regulations are executed with the approval of the student affairs office. The same applies when amendments are made.

 

 

PhD Degree Regulations

 

I. The following regulations have been established according to National Chiao Tung University’s masters and doctoral degree requirements rules. They are applicable for the doctoral students admitted in year 103 and after.

II. Admission Requirements

  1. Students who have received a master’s degree or its equivalence recognized by the Ministry of Education from public or private universities (including independent institutes), or foreign universities recognized by the Ministry of Education, are eligible for admission. Students should have passed the doctoral student admission test in order to be admitted.
  2. For master’s students in the institute who wish to apply for a joint MA/PhD program, please see the MA/PhD joint degree regulations and application form.
  3. Newly admitted students who cannot be enrolled ontime due to a major accident should provide proof before the registration period expires. The reason for the delay must be explained in order to retain admitted status.

 
III. Duration of Study

  1. The maximum period for the doctoral program is seven years. For the part-time students, the limit can be extended to eight years.
  2. Students who for some reason need to apply for academic suspension are subject to the approval of their advisor and the chair of the institute. Suspension may last one semester or one academic year, with no more than a total, cumulative length of four semesters (2 years) during the entire course of study. However, due to illness or rehabilitation, students may apply for an extension, the approval of which is subject to the university senate. If students who apply for one or two-year suspension wish to resume, they will be permitted if they have not yet received a notice to be called up for their military service. Those who have received their call-up notice will not be permitted to resume. Students who are called for military service during the suspension and who will not be discharged within two years should provide proof of military service and apply for an extension. They may apply for resumption with proof when their military service is completed.
  3. Doctoral Program Schedule

 

IV. Granting the Degree

After the completion of the following requirements, students will be recommended by their advisor to proceed with a status review. It is after passing the final oral defense that students will be granted a doctorate degree.

  1. Completion of all the degree credits; proficiency of a second foreign language
  2. Completion of qualifying exams
  3. Passing the thesis proposal and the thesis oral defense

 

V. Selecting an Advisor

  1. When students are enrolled in the institute, they will choose a professor in the institute as their mentor. For those who have not selected a mentor, they will be given one by the department. From the first semester onwards, the mentors will assist students in selecting courses and adapting to academic life. The mentor’s assistance will continue until the student chooses their advisor. Students are advised to choose their advisor at the third semester after they are enrolled (the advisor needs to be a full-time assistant professor or higher teaching at Chiao Tung University), and they are to submit an application for their selection.
  2. At the beginning of each semester, students should discuss with their advisor or mentor about that semester’s course selection, have them approve and sign on the course selection sheet and submit it to the department.
  3. Every fall semester, students should submit their academic report of the previous academic year through email and in paper form. The academic report should include their course selection, conferences attended, publications and language proficiency. A copy should be sent to their advisor or their mentor.
  4. Doctoral students are to proceed with the qualifying exams under their advisor’s guidance. If students wish to change their advisor, they need to provide an application including an approval from the previous advisor, the new advisor and the chair of the department. If for any reason either the student or the advisor wish to terminate the advising relationship, it is required that both are informed before the change. Any issues which cannot be settled will be resolved through department meeting.

 

VI. Courses and Credits

  1. Students are required to gain 24 credits in total.
  2. 9 credits are compulsory, including “Introduction to Cultural Studies,” “Professional Training Seminar” and “Independent Study.” 6 credits need to be selected from the course group “Social, Cultural and Political Thoughts.” “Independent Study” is to be conducted according to students’ research areas and thesis topic, during which students will meet with their advisor or professor to discuss the books that they to read and the progress of their research. “Independent Study” should be taken for three semesters with 1 credit gained from each. For students who have taken “Introduction to Cultural Studies” and “Professional Training Seminar” during their master’s study, they can select courses from Social, Cultural and Political Thoughts instead.
  3. Foreign students can take “Introduction to Cultural Studies B” or any other course that is recognized by the department as equivalent. If they also take “Introduction to Cultural Studies,” the credits will be recognized. (This also applies to the students admitted in year 100 and before).

    Foreign students may select “Thesis Writing and Methodology” (course conducted in English; open every two years) in the “International Institute for Cultural Studies” curriculum. The course is recognized as the equivalence for the “Professional Training Seminar.” Alternatively, students may select “English Thesis Writing” at Chiao Tung University.

  4. Elective Courses: According to their research areas, students are required to select 9 credits from the theoretical group: Social, Cultural and Political Thoughts and the three main areas: East Asian Modernity, Taiwan Cultural Studies, and Comparative Study on Cultural History. Permitted by the advisor (or their mentor, if their advisor is undecided), students may select courses from another institute or university, but no more than 9 credits. Auxiliary courses, or any other courses outside the department or school recognized by the institute will be approved as institute credits. (The amendment to this also applies to students admitted in year 97).
  5. Completion of a second language.
  6. For those who take the joint MA/PhD program, a total of 48 credits are required (including courses taken during master’s study; excluding language course credits).
  7. Any credit waiver should be recognized by a department meeting. A maximum of 6 credits cannot be exceeded for the credit waiver.

 

VII. Second Language Proficiency

  1. Students may choose one of the following to satisfy the second language proficiency requirement:
  2. a. Completion of two consecutive years of foreign language courses, with passing grade of 70 or above.

    b. Obtain proof of a passing grade on a language proficiency exam recognized by the institute. For example: the second foreign exams held by the university, the Japan Interchange Association, the German Cultural Center or the French Cultural Center.

    c. Students may have two instructors from the Foreign Language department at Chiao Tung University issue them the exam. If they pass the exam, they can waive the language course requirement.

  3. Foreign students whose native language is not Mandarin can determine their own first and second foreign languages and provide proof of a language proficiency test or any language courses taken.
  4. Proof of foreign language proficiency should be submitted before the application for the thesis oral defense. Once students have obtained the proof they should submit a copy to the department.

VIII. PhD Candidacy Qualifying Exams

  1. Doctoral students will attain the PhD candidacy when they have completed the following:
  2. a. Completion of all the required credits

    b. Completion of the qualifying exams

  3. Schedule for qualifying exams: Doctoral students may apply for qualifying exams in the second semester of their second academic year. The exams are to be completed before the end of their third academic year. If the schedule cannot be met, it may extend another semester with approval by department meeting.
  4. Exam Subjects: The qualifying exams should include two subjects. The required subject is “Social and Cultural Theory,” and the elective subject is a “Professional Area,” which is to be planned according to the student’s research of their thesis topic. Students should provide a statement of purpose of 5000 words for each exam, explaining their understanding of the subject, the reason for their planned bibliography, and the correlation to their thesis. The statement should be accompanied by an annotated bibliography. The examiners can provide additional bibliography if needed, and they are to give the exam by referring to the student’s statement and their bibliography.
  5. The Exam Committee: Every exam is to be convened by a professor in the institute, and at least one member is to be from outside the university. The exam committee, the exam subject, bibliography and the statement are to be approved by department meeting. (The amendment also applies to students admitted in year 97 and before).
  6. The department meeting will review the following elements of the paper:

    a. The statement of purpose: The significance of the subject, the scope and the dimensions of the subject (3000 to 6000 words, not including bibliography).

    b. A bibliography accompanying the statement

    c. The names of the exam committee members

  7. Method of the Qualifying Exams: Students are to proceed with the exam in an assigned or unassigned location. For students who choose an assigned location, the exam is to be completed within 8 hours. Students may choose to complete the exam within one day (8 hours) or two separate days (4 hours each). For students who choose an unassigned location, the exam is to be completed within 3 days (72 hours). Any alternative can be made through the decision of the department meeting.
  8. The result of the exam: 1) 70 is considered passing. 2) conditional passing: Students should fulfill the requirements specified within one month 3) fail. For failed exams, students can apply for re-examination no earlier than the following semester. Students are allowed to change the selective subject. If students fail both required and selective subjects twice, they will not be granted PhD candidacy. (This also applies to students admitted in year 98 and before).

  9. Academic Publication as a Substitution for Comprehensive Examination:
  10. A PhD student who publishes a peer reviewed thesis in an academic journal during the years of his/her PhD study can apply for this substitution. A “Professional Field Review Committee” by the student’s dissertation advisor and two other experts who are also in that professional field will be held 2 weeks after application. The main goals of this committee are: A. To review the quality and ranking of the academic journal; B. To review the research direction of the academic thesis; C. To review to what degree the thesis is related to the professional field of that PhD student. A written comprehensive examination will be waived once the application is approved by the committee. If failed, the student must take the regular comprehensive examination (see article no. EIGHT, paragraph 2 ~5).
    The written comprehensive examination requirement consists of two exams; if student wishes to waive both exams he/she must submit two applications, i.e. he/she must submit two academic publications.

    【This revised article can also be applied to students who enrolled before the academic year of 2015】

 

IX. PhD Thesis Proposal

  1. Students will proceed their thesis proposal after they have passed the qualifying exams. The thesis proposal is to be approved by the advisor, then a thesis committee can be formed in order to proceed with the oral exam for the proposal.
  2. The thesis proposal can be made at the 3rd year of doctoral study. Students should complete the oral exam for the thesis proposal no later than the end of their 4th year. If the schedule cannot be met, it may extend another semester with the approval of a department meeting.
  3. Starting from the forth year after they are enrolled, all the students should give an oral report every year to the department based on their research status.
  4. The thesis committee should include at least five members (including at least two external members). The oral defense is to be open to the public. The thesis committee will not give grades but may provide comments on the subject and its feasibility. The committee may request another proposal to be made if necessary.
  5. The PhD degree examination (oral defense) cannot be made earlier than 3 months after the proposal.

 

X. PhD Degree Examination

  1. The PhD degree examination includes the thesis evaluation and oral defense.
  2. The PhD thesis must be an academic contribution of originality. It should be completed within the maximum years of study and pass an oral defense. The oral defense is to be open to public.
  3. PhD thesis Committee: The thesis committee should be composed of 5 to 9 scholars from inside or outside the university who specialize in the area of the student’s thesis. The committee members are to be proposed by the advisor, approved by the department meeting, then hired by the president of the university. One member will be appointed as the convener and the advisor cannot be appointed to this role. Members from outside the university should be one third (or more) of the total members.
  4. Committee members should have one of the following qualifications:

    a. Have been a professor

    b. Have been a research fellow at Academia Sinica

    c. Have been an associate professor or an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica and have academic contributions

    d. Have received a doctoral degree and have been an assistant professor who has academic contributions

    e. Presents academic or professional achievement in rare or special subjects

    From c to e the qualifications are regulated by department meeting.

     

  5. Oral defense: The thesis needs to be submitted three weeks before the oral defense, and within the academic year defined by the school calendar. If the dates are outside the calendar, the defense needs to be put off until the following semester. The passing grade for the oral defense is 70 out of 100. It is a one-time evaluation, based on the average of all grades given by committee members. If one third of the committee members give grades lower than 70, then the grades will not be averaged and the exam is considered as failed. Students who fail the exam can re-apply for a second oral defense in the following semester. Students who fail twice will not be granted a degree.
  6. Thesis Evaluation: Students who are accused of plagiarism or fraud will be re-evaluated by the committee, and if proven, the oral defense will be considered as failed. When students have passed the oral defense, it is to be provided by the committee with suggestions for revision. Students are to revise the thesis based on committee members’ suggestions. The revised thesis should be evaluated. The evaluation is considered passed when 2/3 of the committee approve it. The evaluation will not be graded. When the evaluation is completed, the committee members are to sign the “thesis oral exam committee evaluation.” For those who complete the evaluation, the grade of the oral defense is to be the grade of the degree exam.
  7. If students pass their oral defense by January 31 or July 31, and cannot complete the revision and turn in the “thesis oral exam committee evaluation” within the first two weeks of the following semester, they should still enroll in school in that following semester. If students cannot turn in the evaluation form by the end of their regulated maximum years of study, the final exam will be considered as failed and the student will be dropped from the university.
  8. Except for students who are taking teacher’s education courses and who will have to remain in school for the courses, those who pass the oral defense and final evaluation should submit their oral exam grades and a copy of the “thesis oral exam committee evaluation” to the university’s registrar division within one week. The semester students graduate will be the same semester when they turn in the oral exam grades and the evaluation form. Those who have turned in the grades and the form but have not yet completed the rest of the administration requirements for graduation will be considered to have the status of graduated.

XI. For students who are on a joint MA/PhD program who pass the PhD candidacy qualifying exams but fail to pass the oral defense, their PhD thesis is to be evaluated by the thesis committee to consider granting a master’s degree.

XII. Students who fail to complete required credits and the oral defense within the regulated years of study will be dropped from the school.

XIII. For the granted master or PhD degree, the school has the right to revoke the degree if plagiarism is found within the thesis. If proved by investigation, the degree and diploma will be revoked.

XIV. It is advised that the PhD thesis (including abstract) be written in Chinese, and should be in accordance with the National Chiao Tung University Thesis Format Regulations. Within one month after the oral defense, students should submit the thesis abstract and the full thesis online (according to the “National Chiao Tung University Library thesis digital file archiving regulations”), and submit 4 copies of the thesis, including 2 copies to the department office, 1 hardcopy to the library, and 1 copy to the academic affairs office which will be sent to the Ministry of Education.

XV. The above regulations have been established by department meeting, and have been reviewed by the school course committee and the university course committee. The regulations are executed with approval from the student affairs office. The same applies when amendments are made.

 


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