In keeping with the mission of the University, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) actively pursues excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities in humanities and social sciences, and places strong emphasis on development of the whole person through a well-rounded and broad-based professional education.
CLASS now contains eight academic units: Asian and International Studies; Chan Feng Men-ling Chan Shuk-lin Language Centre; Chinese and History; English; Linguistics and Translation; Media and Communication; Public Policy; and Social and Behavioural Sciences.
CLASS programmes have been designed to meet Hong Kong society's rising demand for policy planners, urban managers, public administrators, human service practitioners, language educators, corporate communicators and professionals in the fields of media and communication. In addition to undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, the College also offers research degree programmes at MPhil and PhD levels.
The College has a robust research culture and a broad research agenda focusing on language, culture, communications, society, government, public administration, social policy, and human service intervention. Four College research centres of CLASS are: Centre for Communication Research, Centre for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Southeast Asia Research Centre and The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies. Academic staff members of the College come from all over the world. They constitute a highly versatile, dynamic and multidisciplinary team of scholars with strong international links and professional expertise.