Department of Chinese Language & Literature
The Department of Chinese Language & Literature of Nankai University is one of the earliest established disciplines in Nankai University in terms of its disciplinary affiliation. It has gone through a process of development from the joint formation of the School of Literature with Peking University and Tsinghua University during the Southwest Associated University period to the re-establishment of the School of Literature after the demobilization of Nankai to Tianjin in 1946; from the Department of Chinese Language after the restructuring of the national faculties in 1952 to the establishment of a new physical and comprehensive School of Literature based on it in 2000.
After the 1980s, Mr. Zhu Weizhi and Mr. Xing Gongwan were successively appointed as the head of the Department of Chinese Language and promoted the progress solidly step by step. Professor Hao Shifeng, who had been in office for six years, was determined to reform and reestablish the high academic standard. In 1991, Luo Zongqiang took the post of the head of the department. He promoted the newcomers, established academic echelons, and gave priority to the goal of raising the academic status of Nankai Chinese, so that the discipline development of the whole department had a clearer direction and practical plan and path. At the end of 1994, the Department of Chinese Language became one of the first bases for talents training in fundamental disciplines of liberal arts in the Ministry of Education. After that, Professor Chen Hong took over as the head of the department and continued to be committed to the overall improvement of discipline construction, level of school-running and quality of talents training.
In 2000, Nankai University was granted the right to confer doctoral degrees in “Chinese Language & Literature”. In 2001, Nankai University was approved to establish a post-doctoral research center and in 2010, it was awarded the National Excellent Post-doctoral Research Center by the National Ministry of Personnel. In 2007, “Ancient Chinese Literature” was identified as a national key discipline, and “Linguistics and Applied Linguistics” was identified as a national key discipline (under cultivation). In 2008, Nankai University’s “Chinese Language & Literature” was identified by the Ministry of Education as the first batch of “Specialized Major Development Program”. In 2012, Nankai University’s “Chinese Language & Literature” was recognized as Tianjin municipal key discipline. In 2019, Chinese Language & Literature was shortlisted in the first batch of “national first-class undergraduate major development program”, “national base for cultivating top students in basic disciplines 2.0”, and “plan for strengthening basic disciplines” of the Ministry of Education.