The Center for General Education and Core Curriculum (CGECC) was established in 1995 for the purpose of reforming Tamkang University’s General Education Program. This reform was based on the belief that students must be equipped not only with specialized knowledge, but also with the ability to adapt­ to a rapidly changing society. Through its well-rounded approach to education, the center instills in students self-responsibility and a conscientious attitude toward the broader community and the global environment.

Currently, 370 faculty members from the center or related departments teach courses in the CGECC’s General Education Program. The center functions as an independent department and is responsible for course design, teaching support, and other tasks. The faculty members hired by the center are divided into three major fields: social analysis, philosophy and religion, and art appreciation and creation. The center also caters to students’ needs by offering elective courses.


The Program

The General Education Program consists of three types of courses: fundamental courses, general education and core courses, service and extra-curricular activities


Fundamental Courses: 12 credits


1. Language Expression: (10 credits)

a. Chinese Language (2 credits)

This course aims to improve students’ communicative competence and to enable them to express themselves in an articulate and succinct manner.

b. Foreign Languages and Drills (8) (credits, 4 credits of Freshman English + 4 credits of any foreign language )

This course equips students with a basic knowledge of a foreign language and the culture(s) in which the language is spoken. The course aims to heighten students’ interest in learning and to improve their communication skills.

2. Learning and Development (1 credit)

This course aims to equip students with the skills needed to complete their university studies and to become capable, independent, and self-motivated learners.

3. Extracurricular Activities and Team Development (1 credit)

By giving students the chance for practical participation in student clubs, this course hones students’ skills in the fields of teamwork and leadership, project planning and practice, creative thinking and problem solving, and communication/ coordination.


General Education and Core Courses: 18 credits


1. Humanities (4 credits required, 2 out of 4 categories)

     a. Literature and Classics

Through the analysis and appreciation of Chinese and Western novels, poetry, prose, and well-known literary works, students are led into the realm of world literature, where they gain insights into a diverse range of classics.

     b. History and Culture

This course develops students’ ability to view and analyze historical events and helps students gain an objective and practical knowledge of history.

     c. Philosophy and Religion

This course encourages students to observe and analyze social phenomena and teaches students that philosophy and religion are an inextricable part of human life rather than spiritual constraints that limit human life.

     d. Arts Appreciation and Creativity

This course invites students to appreciate and analyze art and introduces students to a number of varying styles and techniques in the fascinating world of arts.

2. Society and Culture (4 credits required, 2 out of 4 categories)

     a. Global Outlook

This course familiarizes students with concepts relevant to international relations and heightens students’ global awareness and their understanding of the modern world.

     b. Futures Studies

Futures Studies encourages a forward-looking perspective and a view for the future that encompasses society, technology, the economy, the environment, and politics.

     c. Social Analysis

This course aims to arouse students’ interest in social problems and to urge them to contemplate the moral standards of modern society. It also helps students face their difficulties head on and live a healthy life.

     d. Civil Society and Participation

This course provides students with a firm grounding in the general principles of constitutional law. It aims to equip students with basic legal knowledge and produce well-rounded citizens.

3. Scientific Inquiry (4 credits required, 2 out of 3 categories)

     a. Information Education

Education in Information Technology (4 credits): The course is designed for freshmen, not only to enhance their computer knowledge, including programming, network management, network communications, multimedia, video graphics and others, but also to improve their abilities for obtaining desired information from Internet. At the same time, related topics, like e-commerce, computer virus and information security are introduced such that students can have enough skills for further investigating and learning more advanced techniques or applications. Finally, students can apply those abilities and skills to their daily life.

     b. Global Technological Revolution

This course describes the development of science and technology in the 20th century and its potential impact on our future and the environment.

     c. Natural Sciences

This course helps students explore the laws of nature and learn the principles of natural sciences, while also providing non-science majors the opportunity to broaden their horizons.


Service and Extra-curricular Activities: 0 credit

1. Male and Female Physical Education



2. National Defense Education and Military Training

3.a. Physical Education

   b. National Defense Education

   c.. Service and extra-curricular activities

   d. Sport competition and performance

   e. Art competition and performance

   f. other activities

The Organization of the General Education Committee

Fundamental Courses and Coordinators

1. Chinese Language

Coordinator: Chair of the Chinese Department(L514)


2. Foreign Languages and Drills

Coordinator: Chair of the English Department(FL207)


3. Learning and Development

Coordinator: Chair of Physical Education Instruction Section(ED104)

4. Extracurricular Activities and Team Development 

    Coordinator: Chief of the Office of Military Education and Training(SG315)

General Education and Core Courses

1. Classics in World Literature

Coordinator: Chair of the Department of French(FL416)

2. History and Culture

Coordinator: Chair of the Department of History(L523)

3. Philosophy and Religion

Coordinator: Coordinator of Philosophy and Religion courses(I802)

4. Arts Appreciation and Creation

Coordinator: Coordinator of Arts Appreciation and Creation courses(I802)

5. Global Outlook

Coordinator: Chair of the Graduate Institute of European Studies(T1103)

6. Futures Studies

Coordinator: Chair of the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies(ED504)

7. Social Analysis

Coordinator: Coordinator of Social Analysis courses(I802)
8. Civil Society and Participation

Coordinator: Chair of the Public Administration Department(B1124)

9. Education in Information Technology

Coordinator: Chair of the Computer Science and Information Engineering Department(E646)

10. Global Technological Revolution

Coordinator: Chair of the Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering Department(E790)

11. Natural Sciences

Coordinator: Chair of Department of Mathematics(S401)

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