College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences


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 seven academic units:  Chinese and HistoryEnglishLinguistics and Translation; Media and Communication; Public and International Affairs; Social and Behavioural Sciences; and Chan Feng Men-ling Chan Shuk-lin Language Centre.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department of Chinese and History
Department of Media and Communication
Department of English
Department of Linguistics and Translation
Department of Public and International Affairs
Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Chan Feng Men-ling Chan Shuk-lin Language Centre

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 ResearchCentre 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.

We excel in pure and applied research and student-centred teaching in

  • Advertising
  • Applied Ethics
  • Asian Studies
  • China Studies
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Counseling
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Culture Industry Management
  • Cultural Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Digital Broadcasting
  • Digital Television
  • East Asia and South East Asia Studies
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Environmental Policy
  • Housing
  • International Studies
  • Japanese and Korea Studies
  • Journalism
  • Language and Law
  • Language Technology
  • Linguistics
  • New Media
  • Policy and Public Management
  • Political and International Affairs
  • Professional Communication
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Social Work
  • Sociology