In 1927, Private Beijing Fu Jen Catholic University was established. During that time, relations between China and the West already had a long history. In 1963 the Department of History was set up as part of the College of Liberal Arts within the newly established Fu Jen Catholic University campus in Taiwan. Since its inception in 1967, the Graduate Institute of History has specialized in the study of European and American studies. The objective has been to train qualified teachers of Western History for the Republic of China. The department is currently working on developing its future in preserving traditional characteristics of learning and promoting world history, in addition to emphasizing Chinese foreign affairs and religious studies.
The purpose of establishing the department was to emphasize a strong education in the humanities, to cultivate students’ interest in Chinese history and the history of other countries, and develop their analytical and research skills. The department aims to educate students in theory and application, stressing the importance of curriculum planning in order to promote effective learning. Having a good foundation in their major is important for finding employment in the humanities.
The department aims to point students in the direction of Fu Jen Catholic University’s mandate, which is the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty, providing a holistic educational community for teachers and students, as well as harmonization of Chinese culture and Christian faith, in order to appreciate the development and progress of human society. With regards to research, the pursuit of true knowledge is paramount in cultivating enthusiasm for the humanities. We promote knowledge integration, and ultimately, we want students to have good moral sentiment and a rich, fulfilling life.