College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CityU)

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is one of three colleges at the City University of Hong Kong. It offers professional educational programs in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences which emphasize on whole person development, through a well-rounded and broad-based professional education.

Structure of CLASS

Background

There are a total of six departments in CLASS. Programmes offering by the departments are designed to meet Hong Kong society’s rising demand for public administrators, policy planners, urban managers, language educators and professionals in the fields of media and communication. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is home to six departments spanning a wide range of subjects which also offers research degree programmes at MPhil and PhD levels.

Staff

The College is headed by Dean (Professor Xiaowei Zang, who is also the Chair Professor of Social Sciences) and four Associate Deans conduct Undergraduate Curriculum (Dr Alice Chik), Research and Postgraduate Studies (Professor Richard M Walker), Student Life and Learning (Professor Dennis Wong), and, Internationalization (Professor Paul Cammack) respectively.

Student Union

The Executive Committee of the first College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Division Society, City University of Hong Kong Students' Union (LASDS) was established in 2013. They organized various events, such as orientation camps and souvenir selling, for all the students in this college.

Ranking

QS World University Subject Rankings (Top 200)

Subjects 2011 2012 2013
Modern Language 151-200 51-100 51-100
Linguistics 47 40 22
English Language and literature 51-100 35 42
Psychology 151-200 51-100 101-150
Politics & International studies 51-100 51-100 45
Sociology 47 51-100 N/A
Communication and Media Studies N/A N/A 36

Departments and Programmes

Departments in CLASS

  • Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
  • Department of English
  • Department of Applied Social Studies
  • Department of Asian and International Studies
  • Department of Public Policy
  • Department of Media and Communication

Degree Offerings

Undergraduate Degree Programmes

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Asian and International Studies (BSSASIS)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in International Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Environmental Policy Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese (BACH)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Culture and Heritage Management (BACHM)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Linguistics and Language Technology (BAL)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Translation and Interpretation (BATI)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language Studies (BALS)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Studies (BAES)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English for the Professions (BAEP)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Administration and Public Management
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Housing Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Public Policy, Management, and Politics (PPMP)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Environmental Policy

Postgraduate Degree Programmes

  • Master of Arts in Language Studies (Language and Law/Linguistics/Translation and Interpretation/Translation with Language Information Technology)
  • Master of Arts in Chinese (Chinese Language and Literature/Chinese for Professional Purposes/Chinese for Educational Purposes)
  • Ph.D. Studies in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management
  • Master of Arts in Housing Studies

Admission

JUPAS (HKDSE) application

Entrance requirements

Applicants are required to meet the general entrance requirements for admission to Bachelor’s degree programme (JS1011) at the College. The following levels/grades are the minimum acceptance.

  • Level 3 in Chinese Language and English Language; and
  • Level 2 in Mathematics and Liberal Studies; and
  • Level 3 in one elective subject (excluding Applied Learning subjects)

Direct / Non-JUPAS application

Other than the JUPAS (HKDSE) system, in Hong Kong, there is a local applicant UCAS style system and a parallel system for international students to apply. Places for international students and many scholarships are provided in a broad range of subjects in its six constituent departments by the College.

Associate Degree / Higher Diploma Graduates

Associate degree or higher diploma graduates can be admitted with Advanced Standing, depending on whether their admission is to a senior year or a non-senior year place. Credit transfer will not be considered for advanced standing students.

Admission arrangements

for 12-year school-leaving qualification

Applicants who hold a 12-year school-leaving qualification or an incomplete sub-degree qualification are generally admitted to the College, and will select a major after one year of study, which means they will have their major in year 2. At the ends of the first year, the top 20% of students* will be free to choose a major offered by the College. The remaining 80% of students will be assigned a major of their choice, based on the availability of places and students’ ability to meet the criteria of the selection set by the College.

  • I. Completion of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B

(including the number of credit units specified by the College for its required courses)

  • II. No failed grades in any courses in Semesters A and B
  • III. Cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of Semester B

for 13-year school-leaving qualification

Applicants who hold a 13-year school-leaving qualification, an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, or a General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCEAL), or a Hong Kong Advanced-Level Examination (HKALE) qualification can apply for admission to the College, or to a major programme, and may receive Advanced Standing. The minimum graduation requirement for Advanced Standing students is 90 credits (instead of the 120 credits in a standard four-year curriculum), based on the requirements of individual majors.

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References

  1. ^ "List of subject rankings of Hong Kong tertiary institutions". 
  2. ^ "Entrance requirements for JS1011 College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences for HKDSE students (for 2014 Entry)". 
  3. ^ "College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences". 
  4. ^ "Admission Arrangements of Bachelor's Degree Programmes". 
  5. ^ "Admission arrangements for Direct / Non-JUPAS applicants (for 2014 Entry)". 
  6. ^ "Entrance requirements for Direct / Non-JUPAS applicants (for 2014 Entry)". 
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