College of Science - Department of Psychology

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The Department of Psychology, founded in 1966, is concerned with the psychological foundations of human behavior. The undergraduate program, with an emphasis on basic course training in psychology, such as Experimental Psychology and Statistics, is intended for students who wish to pursue advanced study in psychology or in related disciplines. The graduate program, which currently offers only the MS degree, is mainly designed for both academic and applied objectives. Our program provides well-organized core courses for students who will continue by seeking a Ph.D. degree in psychology elsewhere. In the meantime, we also offer courses training and preparing students for community, industrial, and clinical services.

Our graduate core courses are basically organized into several areas in psychology, including Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Comparative Psychology, Psychometrics, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology , and Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Each student is expected to select one of these areas as his or her major. Then the student will follow a training program to develop a thorough understanding of the theory, development, methodology, and the application of this particular sub-discipline as an independent researcher.

Highlights of our teaching and research programs

In terms of curriculum design, the department focuses on six areas of studies, namely psychometrics, experimental and cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social/personality psychology, clinical psychology and counseling, industrial and organizational psychology. An earlier introduction of these concentrations helps students to choose their career paths at the early stage of their study. Our research programs aim at achieving the balance between applied research and clinical studies. In terms of theoretical and applied research, our focus is on judgment & decision making, computerized aptitude testing, social recognition, attitudes & values, Mandarin character recognition, industrial organization and child development. In clinical studies, we emphasize diagnosis of psychological disorders and treatment. In our curriculum, a special emphasis is also placed on guidance & counseling. On one hand, our teaching aims to enhance students` ability to use their professional knowledge in analytical tasks and streamline different skills into practice. On the other hand, we embed local experiences into our teaching to ensure students` learning is connected to the needs and pulses of the world here and now.


In 1966, Chung Yuan Christian University founded Department of Psychology, the second department of psychology in Taiwan, with Professor Chia-Yu Liu as the chairman. With the help of all chairpersons, teachers, alumni, students, and colleagues in the school, the department has grown into an important center of psychological studies.

In 1987, the department expanded its programs to have an enrollment of two classes per year. One year later, the graduate programs were launched.

In 1996, the department started the credit-based program of extended education. In the same year, the Ministry of Education entrusted the department to set up the undergraduate credit-based program for middle school student counseling.

In 2004, the department`s graduate programs were expanded to include a new in-service graduate program to follow the philosophy of holistic education and train all-round talents in psychology who are equipped with professional knowledge, humanistic qualities, such as diligence, sociability, and other essential virtues and who are skilled in both practice and research. Over the years, our programs have trained many psychological professionals working as outstanding practitioners or independent researchers.


Our characteristics While our department puts enough weight on theoretical discipline, we also offer a lot of applied courses in science to learn professional case studies that will equip them to keep abreast with the new trends and new issues in the society.

Career paths
Campus jobs: counseling teachers at counseling centers or offices in schools of different levels Social workers: Counseling personnel in organizations such as Teacher Chang Foundation, Lifeline, Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, and other employment service centers

Jobs in industrial companies: jobs in human resources department, training centers, human resources management, department of labor relations Jobs in commercial sectors: jobs in department of public relations, department of creative design, sales department, poll centers, and market investigation jobs in commercial agencies

Civil servant jobs from passing national tests: human resources management, educational administration, custody officer, prison officer, prison warden, social worker administration

Hospital/counseling centers: The counseling profession law requires clinical/counseling practitioners a master`s degree in clinical/counseling psychology and one year of internship.
International academic exchange programs:

    1. Sending exchange students to Drexel University in US.
      2007 -- Yu Shan Huang, Yi-Chieh Tsai,

      2008 -- Shou-Chi Lee

      2009 -- Chi Fang
    2. Sending exchange students to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in US
      2011 -- Zi-Hui Lin
    3. Sending exchange students to Mississippi College in US
      2017 -- Yao-Jun Jiang
    1. Sending exchange students to Niigata University in Japan
      2010 -- Sheng Wei Huang
    2. Sending exchange students to Waseda University in Japan
      2012 -- Zhi-Kai Lin
    1. Sending exchange students to SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY in China
      2016 -- Jia-Yin Zhuo
    1. Sending exchange students to SKEMA Business School in France
      2017 -- Qi-Wei Yu
  1. Overseas students from international admission programs
    2007 - Pei-Ying Huang (graduate students from Malaysia)

    2008 -- Shao-Hua Tseng (graduate student from Malaysia)

    2010 – Chris (graduate student from Belize)

    2010 -- Yu-Ling Chang (graduate students from Malaysia)
  2. International seminar in Cross-cultural Psychology (2/20-2/28 in 2009)

Visiting professor: William K. Gabrenya Jr

Future Prospects

Future Prospects

  1. Department of Psychology will continue offering courses covering basic, advanced, and applied knowledge of psychology, and providing practical training.
  2. The department will recruit more faculty members to promote teaching and research.
  3. The department is preparing for the establishment of the doctoral program for enhancing the courses/training the department offers and the research atmosphere in the department.
  4. The department will promote international exchange by encouraging students to actively attend international conferences, to apply international exchange programs. In addition, the department will invite visiting scholars to give workshops, lectures, or talks in the department. Finally, the department will promote international collaboration at multiple levels: research/teaching, faculty members/students.
  5. The department will encourage interdisciplinary studies to promote research and teaching.


Future Prospects

  1. Department of Psychology was established in 1966. It is the second department of psychology in R.O.C.
  2. Currently the department has more than 400 undergraduate students.
  3. Department of Psychology offers courses covering basic and advanced psychology. In addition, the training in the department includes both basic and applied knowledge and skills.
  4. Undergraduate students are required to have a minimum of 134 credits for graduation. Among the 134 credits, fifty-five come from the required courses of the department. These courses provide fundamental training in basic knowledge as well as practice in psychology.
  5. Undergraduate students can further choose to master in one or several of six learning domains, including psychometrics, experimental/cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, personality/social psychology, clinical/counseling psychology, and industrial psychology.
  6. Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in exchange programs for studying in the U.S. or Japan.



  1. Graduate School of Psychology was established in 1988.
  2. Currently the graduate school has more than 60 graduate students.
  3. The graduate school offers two programs: general psychology program and clinical psychology program.
  4. Graduate students in the general psychology program are enrolled in one of six programs: experimental/. cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, psychometrics, personality/social psychology, and industrial psychology. A minimum of 24 credits and a thesis are required for graduation.
  5. Graduate students in the clinical psychology program are required to complete a minimum credits of 57 (including practicum and internship) and thesis for graduation.
  6. For completing their thesis, undergraduate students are required to take a thesis proposal defense and a thesis defense.
  7. All graduate students are encouraged to present their papers abroad to gain multi-cultural experiences. The graduate school provides scholarship for attending international conferences.