Founded in 1990, the Humanities Programme at HKBU is unique, being the first undergraduate programme in Hong Kong dedicated to providing a broad liberal arts education. Apart from training students to think critically, write logically and speak confidently, the Humanities Programme also nurtures students' ability to solve problems, to sympathize with humanity and to appreciate life, qualities which are indeed essential for a successful career as well as a full meaningful life.
Considering the Hong Kong context in the 21st century, the Humanities Programme consists of three distinct characteristics:
- Interdisciplinarity. All the Humanities core courses draw on diverse disciplines. These include art criticism, language, literature, history, cultural studies, philosophy, and media studies.
- Bilingual Teaching and Learning. Students will read, write and speak in Chinese as well as English, developing their skills in both languages. By doing so, students will be able to respond to Hong Kong's specific linguistic environment, as well as engaging in a more global context.
- Cross-culturalism. Our courses examine issues of cultures, values, diversity, difference and cosmopolitanism.
Aims of the Humanities Programme
- Providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum that develops students' language proficiency
- Equipping students with reasoning and analytical skills
- Enhancing students' ability to present lucid arguments and make independent judgments
- Encouraging students to reflect on social and cultural issues from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective
- Stimulating students' initiative in independent learning
- Producing graduates of distinction committed to lifelong learning
- Creating an open environment which facilitates and encourages vigorous academic discussion between teachers and students
Ideals of the Humanities Programme:
- empathy for human beings and their struggles
- a willingness to collaborate with others
- adaptability so that one can change with a changing world
- an ability to integrate diverse thoughts and points of view
- commitment to one's values
- creative thinking and an independent mind
Overseas Exchange Programme / Summer Study Tour
The Humanities Programme provides students with opportunities to study abroad in order to expand their educational and cultural horizons. Previously, our annual Summer Study Tour visited Tsinghua University, Xi’an University, and Yunnan University in Mainland China, National Tsinghua University in Xinzhu, and Germany.
Every year, many students spend one semester or a year in mainland or overseas universities, and they invariably come back with unforgettable experiences as well as a newly-gained sense of confidence. They may go to a wide variety of places for exchange, such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Estonia, Finland, Denmark, France, Sweden and the USA.
Service-learning and Career Mentoring Activities
The Humanities Programme has good communication with its advisory committee, alumni and alumni association. The Programme seeks opportunities to enrich students’ learning by facilitating service learning and career mentoring activities. We also actively look for chances of cooperation with other units in HKBU to provide an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural learning environment for our students.
Previously, students of the Humanities Programme were awarded with prestigious scholarships provided by the University and other organizations. These include the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship, HSBC Overseas Scholarship, Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Scholarships, and Providence Foundation Combined Scholarships and Bursaries, to name a few.
Our graduates have developed their ability to think creatively, make judgments critically and communicate ideas effectively. They are also sensitive to social and cultural issues while possessing the sensibility to appreciate the arts. Our graduates perform outstandingly in a variety of fields such as publishing, media, culture and the arts, public relations, business marketing and education.
What Our Alumni Say
"The Humanities Programme provides opportunities for students to be exposed to knowledge of all kinds. It is not only a starting point, but also helps students to explore their interest and assists them in their personal growth." (Albert Tsang, graduated in 2001)
"The Humanities Programme is a guide, leading me to appreciate the arts, opening my eyes." (Andree Chong, graduated in 2001)
"Humanities may not help you to find a ‘good' job but can lead you to become a ‘good' man." (Donald Chan, graduated in 2014)
20th Anniversary, Humanities Programme
"The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries", Descartes said
Or Hoi Yee, Haidee (2018), Major in Humanities
"I studied and learnt a lot in the Humanities Programme. Reading is important in studying, while thinking and acquiring a critical mind is essential in learning. 'The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries', Descartes said. The Programme provides me with wide-ranging and in-depth knowledge in humanities, and encourages me to discover my study and research interests."