College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Message

Dean of CLASS

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) at City University of Hong Kong.

The humanities and social sciences examine human-values and form an essential aspect of education and research that solves the challenges facing the global community. Understanding human complexity is central to cultivate our talented students to unleash their full potential, tackle the needs of our ever-changing world and make positive impact in society.

Delivering research-led learning, practical knowledge, multicultural competence, and global awareness is the hallmark of the College’s education programmes. Our academic programmes provide students opportunities to develop cultural, social and political understanding, creativity, and critical thinking encompasses a diversity of academic fields. Departments in the college offer undergraduate majors, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees in Asian and international studies, Chinese and history, criminology and sociology, English, linguistics and translation, media and communication, public policy and politics, psychology, and social work.

Interdisciplinary education and research-led learning is advanced through CLASS Labs. CLASS Lab brings together six research centres and 12 education and research labs. CLASS Labs serve as idea incubator creating opportunities for undergraduates, taught and research postgraduate students and faculty to use advanced technologies and information and communication technologiesto develop new and innovative pedagogies.

International experience is crucial to the education of future generations. To nurture global citizens many internationalisation opportunities are available to students, including partnerships with Boston University, Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and University of Vienna. Go global with CLASS!

The quality of CLASS’ education programmes and research is reflected in QS rankings. QS Rankings Broad Subject Area 2021 placed CLASS 91st in Social Sciences and Management, and 124th for Arts and Humanities. Three individual subjects were ranked in the top 50 in the world – Social Policy & Administration (39th), Linguistics (43rd), Communication and Media Studies (44th). Modern Languages ranked top 100 in the world.

Our research is creating new knowledge across the humanities and social sciences. The College’s research clusters on one health, digital society, smart city and brain and matter bring together faculty in inter-disciplinary projects to address real-world problems and have a positive impact on the world.

Please explore our College website to learn more about the vast array of experiences and opportunities provided by CLASS. Stay connected with us. I welcome you to join the College’s fruitful journey.

 

Sincerely,

Richard M. WALKER
Chan Hon Pun Professor of Behavioural and Policy Sciences
Chair Professor and Dean