College of humanities

The Chinese language and history faculties of the former Wenzhou Normal College and the journalism and secretary service faculties of the former Wenzhou University were incorporated into the School of Humanities of the current Wenzhou University. As the oldest faculty of Wenzhou University, the School of Humanities boasts of a deep cultural heritage left by well-known academicians and scholars such as Sun Yirang, a master of Chinese Classics, Xia Chengtao, a noted expert in Ci poetry, Wang Jisi, an eminent dramatist, Dai Jiaxiang, a Chinese paleographer, Wang Xiyan, a distinguished writer, Jiang Lihong, an expert in Dunhuangology, and Xu Shuofang, an expert in Chinese opera studies to name but a few. In the Spring of 1956, with the mandate of the Communist Party of China Zhejiang Provincial Committee and the Zhejiang Provincial People’ s Government, Wenzhou Normal Vocational School was established on the site of its predecessor, Wenzhou Normal School. The School started the enrollment of Chinese language majors in the Autumn of 1956. In 1958, the School was upgraded into Wenzhou Normal College and began to recruit undergraduate students of literature and history in the autumn. Subsequently, despite the ups and downs of the College over the time, the literature and history faculties have been growing and building up both strengths and reputation. The merger of the former Wenzhou Normal College and the former Wenzhou University in 2004 ushered in the spring for the development of the newly founded School of Humanities. 
The School has now three undergraduate programs, namely, the Chinese Language and Literature, History, and Advertising. The School offers two first level master’s degree programs in the discipline of the Chinese Language and Literature and the discipline of the Chinese History. The Chinese Language and Literature program is a key program of its category in Zhejiang Province. The History program is a featured (trademark) program of Wenzhou University. The Advertising program has been labeled as one of the emerging specialties of colleges and universities in Zhejiang Province and a program in the Pilot Area for Excellent Talent Training Comprehensive Reform of Wenzhou University. The discipline of the Chinese Literature and Language is a provincial first-class discipline (Category A) to be constructed during the period of the 13th Five Year Plan. Both the discipline of the Theory of Literature and Art, and the discipline of the Folklore are Zhejiang provincial key disciplines. The discipline of Linguistics is a municipal key discipline of Wenzhou. 
The School has now a total faculty and staff of 77including 65 full-time teachers, and an enrollment of 217 full-time graduate students and 859 undergraduates. The School faculty is outstanding: of all the full-time faculty members, 21 are professors and 25 are associate professors. 41of them have doctoral degrees. One faculty member is a selection of the national “Ten-Thousand Talents Program”, 3 are experts who enjoy the State Council Special Allowance, and more than 20 faculty members are selections of the New Century 151 Talent Project of Zhejiang Province, the Program of the Young and Middle-aged Discipline Leaders in Colleges and Universities of Zhejiang Province, the New Century 551 Talent Project of Wenzhou Municipality and other talent programs.   
With Wenzhou as its foothold for the continuation of humanity spirit, the School has created a positive and healthy atmosphere of teaching and research. The School has now established three research bases (Zhejiang Provincial Intangible Cultural Heritage Research Base, Wenzhou Historical and Cultural Research Center and Wenzhou Southern Opera Art Research Center of China) and 13 Wenzhou University- affiliated research institutions including the Research Center for Folk Literature of China and Neighborhood, the Research Center for the Theory of Literature and Art and the Research Institute of Cultural Industry. In recent years, carrying out scientific research has become the order of the day for the faculty and the School has reaped great achievements in scientific research: 29 projects supported by the National Social Science Fund (including two Major Programs and two Key Programs); 33 projects supported by provincial/ministerial funds; nearly 40 academic papers published in prestigious journals including “Social Sciences in China” and “Xinhua Digest”; one Second Prize and two Third Prizes of the Award for Scientific Research Achievement in Higher Educational Institutions; three First Prizes, two Second Prizes and 6 Third Prizes at the provincial level. 
The School has now four signature campus activities, namely, “Chinese Language in a Century”, “Campus Drama Festival”, “Bai Huihua Literature Prize” and “Sparking Creativity” Advertising Festival.

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