The School of Literature, Journalism & Communication is one of the earliest teaching and research institutions established by the South-central University for Nationalities. Its history can be traced back to the “Cultural Instruction Class” in 1951 when the university was established. Presently there is 1 first-level doctoral program in Chinese Language and Literature, 2 first-level master programs respectively in Chinese Language and Literature, and Journalism and Communication, 1 second-level master program in Folklore (including folk literature). In addition, there are 2 professional master programs respectively in News and Communication, and Chinese International Education. There are 5 undergraduate programs in Chinese Language and Literature, Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) (Chinese language and literature), Journalism, Advertising, and Radio and Television (journalism and communication category). The undergraduate program Chinese Language and Literature is a national featured discipline, a provincial brand discipline, and provincial pilot discipline for comprehensive reform. The undergraduate program Journalism was granted the “Jingchu Excellent News Talent Collaborative Talents Cultivation Program” in Hubei Province. Among them, the Chinese International Education program sets international classes to recruit international undergraduate and graduate students.
There are 84 faculty and staff members, including 26 professors, 10 doctoral tutors and 39 master tutors. 1 teacher was awarded Folk Artist by UNESCO. There is 1 national model teacher, 3 experts subsidized by the State Council, 1Prominent Educator of Hubei Province, 3 experts subsidized by the Hubei Provincial Government, and 47 doctoral degree holders. 17 teachers have paid visits to the United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea and South Africa for scientific research or academic exchanges. In recent years, the faculty has undertaken 2 key bidding projects of the National Social Science Fund, 1 key research project of the Ministry of Education, 24 general projects and youth projects funded by the National Social Science Fund. They have published a number of influential academic papers in authoritive journalisms such as “Social Sciences in China”, “Literary Review”, “Philosophical Research”, “Literary Heritage”, “Ethno-national Studies”, “Literature & Art Studies”, and “Journalism & Communication”. Altogether they have been granted 11 awards for outstanding achievements in social science at provincial or ministerial levels.
The first-level discipline, Chinese Language and Literature, is a key discipline in Hubei Province. The Research Center of Aesthetics for Ethnic Minorities in Central and Southern China is a key research base for humanities and social sciences in Hubei Province. The Research Team of Languages and Literature of Ethnic Minorities in Central and Southern China is a key scientific research team of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission. The Teaching Team of Chinese Minority Language and Literature is a key teaching team of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission. The Experimental Teaching Center of Ethnic Culture Image Communication is a key experimental teaching demonstration center in Hubei Province. The Experimental Teaching Center of News and Communication is an experimental teaching demonstration center of Hubei Province. The school has a non-linear editing laboratory, a radio program editing laboratory, a virtual studio laboratory, a news and advertising comprehensive laboratory and a photography laboratory. It has established more than 30 internship bases with government departments, news media and enterprises. .
Currently, the school has an enrollment of 2014 undergraduate students, 242 master candidates and 8 doctoral candidates, 24 international undergraduate students and 6 international master candidates. In recent years, the proportion of graduates studying abroad or studying for higher degrees has increased year by year, and the employment rate of graduates has remained above 90%. The school has been awarded the title of “Advanced Unit for Employment Work”for several times by the university. Many graduates have become backbones in government institutions, public institutions, large and medium-sized enterprises, mass media and advertising companies, winning wide acclaim from the society.
(updated in December 2019）