Shanxi Normal University has more than 60 Research Institutes and Majors of Study

 
Administrative Management (non-teaching) Elementary Education (liberal arts) Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Applied Electronic Engineering (three years, junior college) Environmental Resource Management and City and Village Planning Mechanical Electronic Engineering (three years, junior college)
Art Financial Affairs Management (non-teaching) Music
Art (Calligraphy) Food Science and Engineering Physical Education (non-teaching, exercising and training)
Biological Engineering Food Science and Engineering (Food Quality and Safety, non-teaching) Physical Education Institute
Biological Science Gardening (non-teaching) Physical Education Teaching
Biological Technology and Engineering Institute Geographical Science Physics
Broadcast and Television Editing and Directing (non-teaching) History Major Physics and Information Engineering Institute
City and Environmental Science Institute Horticulture Politics and Law Institute
Civil Engineering Information and Computer Science (non-teaching) Political and Thought Education
Chinese Language and Literature The Institute of Art Practical teaching courses:
Chemistry The Institute of Education and Psychology Primary School Education (Science)
Chemistry and Material Science Institute The Institute of Economic Management Psychology
Computer Science and Technology The Institute of History and Tourist Culture Public Business Management
Design, Production and Automation of Machinery (non-teaching)  The Institute of Literature Public Business Management (Culture-Business Management Oriented) (non-teaching)
Economic Studies The Institute of Management Research Inst. of Tradit’l Opera and Historical Relics
Editing and Publishing (non-teaching) The Institute of Math and Computer Science School of Foreign Languages
Education Technology The Institute of Music Science Education
Educational Technology Institute Japanese Studies Social Physical Education (non-teaching)
English Studies Law (non-teaching) Tourist Management (non-teaching)
Electric Information Engineering Life and Science Institute Traditional Ethnic Physical Education
Electronic Information Science and Technology (non-teaching) Material Chemistry (non-teaching) Zoology

The Institute of Literature


The Institute of Literature consists of the Chinese Literature Department, News Broadcasting Department, Elementary Education Department, Chinese Language Department, Editing and Publishing Department and three major undergraduate departments in the field of Elementary Education. The institute has three research departments—Yellow River Folk Customs Research Department, Applied Linguistics Research Department, and Editing and Publishing Studies Research Department. There are six areas of study offered to Master degree students: Literature and Art; Ancient Chinese Literature; Language and Applied Linguistics; Folklore; and Chinese Language and Education. At present there are forty-seven full-time teaching staff, including twelve professors and seventeen associate professors. Nine of the teaching staff have Doctorate degrees, and the rest of the staff have Master degrees.

In recent years, the institute has undertaken research at the national and provincial level. In the following key academic periodicals – “Literature and Art Research”, “Legacy of Literature”, “Theory and Analysis of Art and Literature”, “Language of China”, “Dialects”, “Chinese Language Research”, “Folk Customs Research”, “Chinese Opera” – approximately 500 research articles have been published.

Chinese Language and Literature


The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in theory, knowledge and skills of Chinese Language and Literature, to students who will go on to teach Chinese language and literature in junior and senior middle schools, as well as those who will do research in Chinese language education.

Major courses: Introduction to Linguistics, Modern Chinese, Ancient Chinese, Study of Chinese Characters, History of Chinese Language (or characters, tones and critical interpretation of ancient texts), History of Chinese and Foreign Linguistics, Chinese Word Usage, Introduction to Chinese Culture, Study of Chinese Historical Documents, Introduction to Literature, Theory of Marxism, History of Chinese Modern Literature, Selection of Chinese Modern Literature Works, History of Ancient Chinese Literature, Folk Literature, Comparative Literature, Writing, Psychology of Art and Literature, the History of the Criticism of Chinese Literature, Theory of Language Teaching, and Basic Natural Science.

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Editing and Publishing (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To systematically train qualified personnel in the theory and skills of editing and publishing—while at the same time providing them with a broad knowledge base in culture and science—who will engage in editing, publishing, distribution, management, news broadcasting and cultural education work as well as research.
Main courses: Ancient Chinese, Modern Chinese, Ancient Chinese Literature, Modern Chinese Literature, Foreign Literature, Introduction to Editing, the History of Chinese Editing and Publishing, Introduction to Publishing, Newspaper Editing, Periodical Editing, Book Editing, Modern Techniques of Publishing, Distribution and Management in Publishing.

Elementary Education (liberal arts)

Main purpose of training: To provide students with professional knowledge and competence in elementary school education and modern educational concepts, who will go on to work in educational research and management.
Major subjects: Psychology of Elementary Students, Psychology of Education, Mental Health of Elementary Students, the Principles of Education, Theory of Education and Theory of Moral Education, Elementary Language Teaching Methods, Elementary Math Teaching Methods, Modern Education Techniques, Elementary Spoken and Calligraphy, Ancient Chinese, Modern Chinese, Introduction to Literature, Ancient Chinese Literature, Chinese Modern Literature, Foreign Literature, Children’s Literature, Writing, Elementary Language Teaching Research, Outline of Chinese History, Outline of World History, Human Geography, Comparison of Chinese Culture and World Culture, and Basics of Natural Science.

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Politics and Law Institute

One of the main institutes in the area of liberal arts at our university, the Politics and Law Institute trains teachers of Political Thought and Theory, cadres that will work in the government system, and legal experts. The institute has two departments—the Department of Political Thought Education and the Law Department; and three research institutes—the Research Institute of Marxist Theory and Political Thought, the Sociology Research Institute and the Research Institute of Comparative Law.

The Politics and Law Institute has a highly qualified teaching staff. Of the forty-five staff, there are five professors, fifteen associate professors, five teaching staff with Doctorate degrees and nineteen staff with Master degrees. In recent years, while maintaining many teaching hours, teachers of this institute have also engaged in significant scientific research. The institute covers four of the national level scientific research subjects and eight of the provincial ones, publishing as many as three hundred articles in national key periodicals. It has also won many provincial awards in science teaching. At present, there are twenty-three taught classes in this institute and the number of the students totals more than one thousand two hundred. The institute has paid much attention to developing appropriate teaching methods for the different levels of study offered—for example, postgraduate, undergraduate, correspondence and independent study. The number of postgraduate students choosing to study in this institute is increasing year by year. In the provincial civil servant exams and female cadre exams, over successive years students of this university have received top marks, and subsequently found good jobs in their field. Ninety five percent of all students in this institute have found work on graduation.

Law (non-teaching)

Main purpose of training: Students in this department are trained to master the knowledge of the basic theory of law and to become very familiar with the working of the legal system in China—in particular the policies of the Chinese Communist Party. In this way, they will be qualified to work in senior positions in the legal system at the national and provincial government level, or engage in legal work in enterprises or social organizations.
Main courses: Theory of Law, History of the Chinese Legal System, the Constitution, Administrative Law and Administrative Lawsuits, Civil Law, Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Economic Law, Criminal Law, Civil Lawsuits, Criminal Lawsuits, International Law, International Privacy Laws, and International Economic Law.

Political and Thought Education

Main purpose of training: This major aims to train people who are already well versed in Marxist theory to gain a thorough foundation of the theory and knowledge of different subjects such as philosophy, law, politics and education, so they will be well qualified to teach Marxism and Political Thought in junior and senior middle schools.
Main courses: Marxist Philosophy, Marxist Politics and Economics, Politics, General Theory of Mao Zedong, Theory of Deng Xiaoping, World Politics, Economics and International Relations, Selected Readings of Marxism, General Theory of Law, Ethics, Theory of Political and Thought Education, and Theory of Teaching Political and Thought in Middle Schools.

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The Institute of History and Tourist Culture

The institute mainly trains people who will teach in middle schools, work as civil servants, or engage in research or work in the field of tourism and management. The institute consists of two undergraduate departments—History and Tourist Management. History was one of the earliest majors offered at Shanxi Normal University. The History Department offers two areas of study to Master degree students, Specialized History and Education. There are three key subjects: History of Ancient China, Modern History of China and the History of the World. The use of teaching aids, such as the multi-media classroom, computer laboratories, the Cultural Relic Exhibition Room and the modern library, create a collaborative and dynamic department combining the best of modern facilities. In recent years, the institute has established a cooperative relationship with some key schools and historical sites in Shanxi Province, where teaching and research is undertaken.

History Major

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in theory, knowledge and research skills of history, to students who will go on to teach history in junior and senior middle schools, as well as those who will do research in history or education.
Main courses: History of Ancient China, Modern History of China, Contemporary History of China, History of the Republic of China, History of the People’s Republic of China, History of the Ancient World, History of the Modern World, History of the Contemporary World, Selections from Chinese History, the Theory of History, History of Chinese Social Life, History of Chinese Culture, History of Western Culture, History of the Chinese Political System, History of Western Political Systems, History of Chinese History Studies, History of Chinese Thought, Editions and Bibliography Studies, Theory of History Teaching, the Writing of History Papers, History of Chinese Education, History of Shanxi Culture, History of Shanxi and the Thought and Method of the Study of History.

Tourist Management (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To provide professional knowledge in tourism management to students who will go on to work in tourist administration management and tourist enterprises, as well as those who will engage in teaching the basic theory of tourist management.
Main courses: Western Economics, the Economics of Tourism, Management of Travel Services, Professional Tourism Guiding, Analysis of the Tourist Market, Principles of Hotel Management, Restaurant Accounting, Hotel Guest Management, Hotel Finance Management, Introduction to Tourism Studies, Chinese Travel Geography, the Development and Protection Tourism Resources, English, and Second Foreign Language (Japanese).

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School of Foreign Languages

At present, there are ninety-five full-time teaching staff in the Foreign Language Department, including, three professors and twenty-three associate professors. At least half of the teaching staff have Doctorate degrees, Master degrees or have studied abroad. Each year the department employs five or six foreign teachers. There are three areas of study offered to Master degree students – Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Curriculum and Teaching Theory, and Education. The institute now consists of an English Department, a Japanese Department and a department that specializes in teaching English to non-English majors. There are eleven phonetics rooms, seven multimedia labs, one computer room and one audio-visual room, and three broadcasting studios. In the last five years, teachers in the Foreign Language School have undertaken twenty national and provincial projects and have published fifteen works as well as 300 articles about foreign language teaching and research.

A teacher from this school won first place in the provincial basic skills competition for young teachers. Also, every year the percentage of students that pass the Band Four and Band Eight English Proficiency Tests is increasing. Students from this school have also won prizes in speech contests, such as the CCTV Cup.

English Studies

The Main purpose of training: To provide basic training in English Language knowledge and skills to students who will go on to teach English language, or research in English Language teaching and education. Other students will work in broadcasting stations as radio announcers, write scripts for television or engage in translation work for enterprises that have overseas connections.
Main courses: Basic English, Phonetics, Film Studies, Oral English, English Writing, Linguistics, History and Anthology of British and American Literature, The Theory and Practice of Translation, English Teaching Theory and Method, English Testing Theory and Method, Computing and Second Foreign Language.

Japanese Studies

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in Japanese language knowledge and skill to students who, with a certain degree of proficiency and cross-cultural understanding, will go on to teach Japanese language in junior and senior middle schools, or do research in Japanese language and education. Its purpose is also to comprehensively train students who will be capable of working in foreign affair enterprises, tourist agencies and in the field of foreign economics and trade.
Main courses: Basic Japanese, Phonetics, Film Studies, Oral Japanese, Japanese Writing, Linguistics, History and Anthology of Japanese Literature, Modern Japan, Theory and Practice of Translation, Theory and Method of Japanese Teaching and Theory and Method of Japanese Testing.

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The Institute of Economic Management

The Institute of Economic Management consists of two departments—the Economics Department and the Money Management Department; and two research departments—Economic Research Department and Shanxi Sustainable Development Research Department. There are thirty-one full-time teaching staff, including six professors and fourteen associate professors. Five of the teaching staff have Doctorate degrees and six of them have Master degrees. The institute offers two areas of study to Master degree students—Political Economics and Regional Economics; and two undergraduate departments—Economics and Financial Affairs Management.

The institute possesses a variety of equipment. At present, there is an ERP lab, a computer room and a reference library containing over 20,000 books and more than forty journals. The institute has a web based and CD database of economic management, which can meet the needs of the teachers and students for teaching and research. The institute pays much attention to the training of students’ practical ability and has set up more than ten internships with different companies in Shanxi.
The institute also attaches much importance to scientific research. In recent years, it has offered over twenty research subjects and has published more than thirty articles in the key academic journal, Journal of Economic Management. Also, fifteen works have been published in the national press and six awards have been given by the provincial government. Some of the results of the research has been effectively adopted by some government bodies and enterprises. The institute has also established cooperative relationships, to promote academic exchange with many universities, including Japan’s ____________ University, Xian Transport University, Fudan University and the Northwest University of Economics.

Economic Studies

The main purpose of training:To provide basic training in the theory of Marxist Economics and Modern Western Economics Theory. To assist the students in mastering modern economic analysis methods and in gaining a wide range of knowledge and ability in fields related to economics. Students will go on to work in such government departments as the Comprehensive Economic Management Department and the Policy Research Government Departments, financial organizations and enterprises, engaging in economic analysis and planning and economic management.
Main courses: Political Economics, Selections of Das Capital, Western Economics, History of Economics, Accounting, Statistics, Economic Mathematics, Calculating Economics, International Economics, Currency Banking, Finance, Development Economics, Enterprise Management, Markets, International Finance, International Trade, Economic Law, Financial Affairs Management, Labor Resource Management, National Economic Management, Industry Economic Management, Sociology, Theory and Application of Computers and Asset Valuation.

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Financial Affairs Management (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training and ability in management, economic law and finance to students who will go on to work in enterprises or government departments in the areas of financial management, such as, capital funding, allocation and operation, planning and decision making, analysis of financial affairs, asset valuation, enterprise merging and enterprise bankruptcy. Other students will go into research and teaching of financial management.
Main courses: Principles of Management, Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Basic Accounting, Basic Knowledge of Financial Affairs Management, Financial Affairs Accounting, Asset Valuation, Financial Marketing, Computer Generated Statistics, Management Accounting, Cost Management, Auditing, Economic Law, Program Valuation, Futures and Stocks, Enterprise Management and Investment Banking.

The Institute of Management

At present there are thirty-five full-time teaching staff in this institute, including three professors, nine associate professors, one with a Doctorate degree and ten with Masters degrees. Five of the teaching staff have been given the provincial prize for excellence in teaching. In the last five years, the institute has undertaken two of the nationally funded social and science programs and five of the provincially funded programs. Two of these programs have won the provincial excellence achievement prize. The Institute has published eight academic works in national periodicals and published over two hundred articles in national and international academic journals. The institute provides a high standard of instruction and research, with a reference library with over 300,000 yuan worth of books, including ten kinds of journals.

Administrative Management (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To train students who are capable of working as civil servants or who will go on to work in a variety of social organizations and enterprises, engaging in administrative management. Other students will become researchers in higher-level educational organizations and research units in the field of public administration and management.
Main courses: English, Basic Computing, Advanced Mathematics, Administrative Management, Modern Politics, Modern Management Studies, Introduction to Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Administrative Lawsuits, Modern Chinese Political System, Modern Western Political Systems, Comparative Political Systems, System of Civil Servants, Introduction to Administrative Supervision, History of Chinese Administration, History of Western Administration, Public Policy, Organizational Behavior, Administrative Document Writing, Sociology, Leadership, Secretarial Skills, Western Economics, Development and Management of Labor Resources, Automation of Office Work and the Internet, Financial Affairs Management, Socio-Psychology, Management Psychology, Methods of Thinking and Overview of Chinese Culture.

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The Institute of Education and Psychology

The Institute of Education and Psychology consists of three departments—Educational Management Department, Psychology Department and Pre-school Education Department; three research departments—Educational Science Research Department, Curriculum and Teaching Research Department and Comparative Education Research Department. There are forty-three full-time teaching staff in this Institute, including seven professors, thirteen associate professors and ten lecturers. Five staff have obtained a Doctorate degrees or will soon receive one, and twelve staff have received or are in the process of receiving Master degrees. Two teachers have received prizes in the Provincial Teaching Competition.

The institute has many different projects it has undertaken recently, including national and provincial projects—for example, two National Educational Science Planning projects; one key project from the Education Department on curriculum reform in basic education; as well as over twenty provincial education projects, including three projects for students who have returned from overseas study. At present, the Institute has undertaken eleven provincial scientific research projects and has won a number of prizes in the area of social science, also at the provincial level. In the last five years, the institute has published 200 academic articles, forty of them published in top academic journals.

The institute offers five areas of study to Master degree students—Principles of Education, Educational Economics and Management, the History of Education, the Theory of Curriculum and Teaching and an Education Masters (management-oriented). The institute has four undergraduate departments—Pre-school Education, Management of Public Business, Education and Psychology. At present, the institute has established a wide range of cooperative relationships with the external world, including seven practice bases in middle schools, primary schools and kindergartens. It is also cooperating with experimental kindergartens opened in Guangdong and Shenzhen. Apart from this, the institute has established a relationship of academic exchange and cooperation with the Psychology Department of Brigham Young University, the Education Institutes of Columbia University in America, Munich University in Germany and the Chinese University in Hong Kong, as well as the Education Department of King’s College of London University in the United Kingdom.

Psychology

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in psychology to students who will work in junior and senior middle schools engaging in teaching, research, psychological consultation services, scientific research and management.
Main courses: English, Basic Computing, Anatomic Physiology of the Human Body, Common Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Cognizant Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Development Psychology, Educational Psychology, Anatomic Psychology, Social-psychology, Management Psychology, School Psychology, Psychological Survey, Psychological Consultation and Treatment, Clinical Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Design of Psychological Experiments and Psychology of Youth.

Public Business Management

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in the theory of modern management, theory of educational science, knowledge and practical ability of educational management skills and methods to those who will teach in normal schools and engage in the field of psychology, as well as those who will engage in management jobs in educational institutions.
Main courses: English, Basic Computing, Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, Public Relationships, System of Educational Information, Educational Administration, School Management, Educational Economics, Educational Law, Education Evaluation, Anatomic Physiology of the Human Body, Common Psychology, Educational Psychology, Common Education, History of Chinese Education, History of Foreign Education, Educational Statistics and Measurement, Educational Science Research Methods, School Hygiene, Psychological Health and Consultation, Documentary Archives, Theory of Middle School Teaching and Educational Technology.

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The Research Institute of Traditional Opera and Historical Relics

The institute was founded in 1984. In 1990, it was given the right to confer Master degrees and it became a key provincial program in 1996. In 1998 it was designated as a “Model Collective” by the Shanxi Provincial Government. Among the full-time staff, there are two teachers who have Doctorate degrees and five teachers who have Master degrees. At present, there are five professors, all of whom are teachers of postgraduate students and eighty percent of the teaching staff have the status of associate professor or above. The main characteristic of the institute: excellence in field studies and combined research of folk and documentary materials. The institute focuses on four areas—scientific research, teaching, historical relic exhibitions and publishing academic journals in this field, and has received obvious achievements. Now, the institute has become an important base of overseas opera research. It is one of the strongest subjects of Shanxi Normal University and has created a platform for international exchange specializing in opera relics and folk opera.

Public Business Management (Culture-Business Management Oriented) (non-teaching)

Main purpose of training: To train students who are well versed in culture and art but are also skilled in economic management, who will go on to work in the culture industry. They will educate people on the present situation of the culture industry and undertake research in the development of the culture industry. They will also work in the field of cultural relics and international exchange (of cultural relics).
Main courses: Theory of Chinese Culture, History of Ancient China, Theory of Culture and Art, Basic Knowledge of Culture and Museums, History of Chinese Traditional Opera, History of Chinese Literature, History of Foreign Literature, Ancient Chinese, Principles of Culture Management, Psychology of Management, Basic Knowledge of the Culture Industry, Management Secretarial Skills, Theory of Administration and Public Relations.

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The Institute of Music

At present, there are 45 full-time teaching staff in the Institute of Music, including one professor, five associate professors and eleven lecturers. Mr. Wu Tianqiu of the English Department of the Central Music College, Professor Huang Meiying of the Capital Teachers University, Mr. Nie Zhongming, a famous conductor from the Central Broadcasting Symphony Group and Mr. Niu Baoling from the Shanxi Song and Dance Theatre—are all guest professors at the university.
The institute has achieved much success with its breakthroughs in using the theoretical skill of composing and its original renditions of traditional Shanxi Folk Songs. The Candela Chorus of Shanxi Normal University, whose members are mainly students from this department, has won first prize in the International Chorus Festival and National Students Theatrical Festival and the Shanxi College Theatrical Festival many times. The Candela Chorus has produced a CD with the People’s Music Publishing Press. In recent years, this institute has published twenty-eight national level theses, five books and 60 provincial theses, and has received over ten awards. The institute is currently applying for the right to confer Master degrees for the following subjects: Ethnic Vocal Music, Music Education and Ethnic Music.

Music

The main purpose of training: To provide training in basic theory, knowledge and skill of music to students who will go on to teach in junior and senior middle schools, as well as those who will do research and teaching at a higher level in this field.
Main courses: Solfeggio, Theory of Music, Study of Musical Harmony, Writing of Songs and Analysis of Related Works, Polyphony, Theory of Folk Music, Basic Knowledge of Chorus and Conducting, Basic Theory of Music Education, Music Esthetics, Vocal Music, Piano, Instrumental Music.

Practical teaching courses:

Educational Practice, Graduation Performance and Graduation Essays.

The Institute of Art

At present, there are thirty-eight staff in this institute. Among them, there are thirty professional teachers, one professor, seven associate professors, six lecturers and fifteen assistant teachers. There are nearly six hundred undergraduate students. The institute has three majors—Oil Painting, Traditional Chinese Painting, and Design. Each of these majors has its own teaching and research section. In 2003, another field of study was added for Master degree students.

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Art

The main purpose of training: To provide training in basic theory, knowledge and skills of art to students who will go on to work in the fields of art education, art educational management and art educational research, art production and appreciation and teaching art through the use of modern educational technology.
Main courses: Basic Art Skills, Basic Theory, Oil Portraits, Scenery, Still Life, Oil Painting Production, Traditional Chinese Production, ??? Characters of Portrait from Scenery, Art of Pottery, Print, Landscape Painting, ??? Material and Skill Research of Traditional Chinese Painting, Material and Skill Research of Oil Painting, Advertisement Design, Indoor and Outdoor Design, Enterprise Image Design, Packaging Design, Design of Books, Computer Aided Design.
Practical teaching courses: Sketch from nature, ?? Art Practice, Art Production, Design Application, Educational Practice and Graduate Essays.

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Art (Calligraphy)

Main Purpose of Training: To provide knowledge in the basic theory, knowledge and skill of calligraphy carving to those who will engage in calligraphy production, calligraphy education, calligraphy editing and related jobs.
Main courses: Regular Script Copy and Production, Official Script Copy and Production, Running Hand Copy and Production, Seal Character Copy and Production, Copy and Production, Seal Cutting, Copy and Production, Methods of Traditional Chinese Painting, Theory of Calligraphy, History of Ancient Chinese Calligraphy, History of Modern and Contemporary Calligraphy, Calligraphy, Calligraphy Critique, Calligraphy Education, Calligraphy Esthetics, Ancient Chinese Language, Chinese Classical Literature, Stone Inscription, Appraisement of Painting and Calligraphy, the Study of Metal and Stone, Comparative Calligraphy, Applied Writing, Appreciation and Writing of Ancient Poems, Calligraphy Documentary, Introduction to Art, Art Philosophy, Ancient Characters, Critical Interpretation of Ancient Texts, Selected Readings of Theory of Ancient Books, Writing of Calligraphy Essays.

The Institute of Math and Computer Science

The Institute of Math and Computer Science consists of three departments, the Math Department, the Computer Science and Technology Department and Information and Calculating Science Department. It also has two research departments—Math and Applied Math Research Department and the Computer Software Exploiting Research Department. Applied Math is a key provincial subject. There are three areas of study offered to master degree students—Applied Math, Basic Math and Calculus, and two majors—Math Curriculum and Teaching and Computing Curriculum and Teaching. The institute has nearly one thousand five hundred students, approximately one hundred and ten postgraduate students, 1120 undergraduates and 320 junior college students as well as over one thousand adult students. The institute has 88 staff, including 78 professional teachers, 3 tutors, 12 professors and 20 associate professors. One staff has a doctorate degree, eight will soon receive doctorate degrees, and twenty staff have Master degrees. It is a young staff, with ninety percent of them under the age of forty. Since 2000 the institute has begun to enroll postgraduate students and has established eleven majors for them.

In recent years, scholars like Professor Huo Jinchuan, Zhang Qinhai and Gao Mingchu have gained renown in Quantitative Mathematics and and Application in Bead and ????. The institute has undertaken over ten national research programs concurrently, over thirty provincial research programs and ten development programs. According to incomplete statistics, teachers in this institute have published over four hundred articles in journals both at home and abroad; this includes seventy published in famous international journals and two hundred published in national journals. They have also published fifteen papers from international conferences and over forty books and translations of different works. The programs they have undertaken have won many prizes—for example, the Science and Technology Progressive Prize presented by the National Education Committee, the National Excellence in Teaching Prize, the Excellence Award for scholars returned from study abroad, the National Youth Science and Technology Prize, and the Provincial Science and Technology Progressive Prize. About forty dissertations have been accepted by the world renowned Science and Technology Essay Searching System.

In October 2001, the institute held an international academic meeting on Bead Theory and Bead Algebra. In August 2003, the National Math Mass Conference was successfully hosted by the institute.

In the National University Students’ ??? Math Competitions, held from 1999 to 2003, three teams from this institute won national second, four provincial first prizes, and three teams won provincial second prize and four teams won provincial third prize. One hundred percent of students found employment after graduation.

The long-term plan of the institute is to develop more rapidly and improve the training in order that the Math and Computer Science Department of Shanxi Normal University will be a base for training qualified personnel in math, computing and information technology.

Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in the theory and methods of mathematics to students who will work in junior and senior middle schools engaging in math teaching and research.
Main courses: Math Analysis, Senior Algebra, Space Analytical Geometry, Differential Equations, Modern Algebra, Probability Statistics, Differential Algebra, Applied Software, Common Physics, Math Pedagogy, History of Math, “C” Procedure Design, Calculating-method Analysis and Design and Topology.

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Computer Science and Technology

The main purpose of training: To provide training to students in the basic theory, knowledge, skill and application of computer software and hardware to those who will work in middle schools, research and enterprises engaging in teaching work, research and management.
Main courses:Introduction to Computing, Senior Math, Data Structure, Operating Systems, Principles of Translation and Editing, Dispersion Math, Basic Knowledge of Electronics, “C” Procedure Design, Probability Statistics, Calculating-Method Analysis and Design, Computer Teaching Theory, Compilation Language, Computer Composing Theory, Data Base Theory and Application and Computer Communication and Networks.

Information and Computer Science (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in theory and application of information and computer science, and skills in research and resolving relevant problems, to students who will work in education and economic departments engaging in teaching, research and management work.
Main courses: Space Analytical Geometry, Senior Algebra, Math Analysis, Databases, Common Physics, Basic Knowledge of Information Science, “C” Procedure Design, Probability Statistics, Introduction of Computing, Basic Knowledge of Electronics, Dispersion Math, Data Structure, Operating Systems and Differential Equations.

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Physics and Information Engineering Institute

The institute consists of two departments—the Physics Department and the Electric Science Technology Department; two research departments—Modern Physics Research Department and the Signal and Information Engineering Research Department. There are five areas of study offered to Master degree students—Theoretical Physics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics, Atom and Molecular Physics, the Physics of Signal and Information, Curriculum and Teaching Theory. A total of seventeen courses are available for research. There are two key provincial subjects—Particle and Nuclear Physics and Theoretical Physics; three majors for undergraduate students—Physics Education, Electric Information Engineering and Electric Information Science and Technology; two majors for junior college students—Computer Application and Maintenance, and Applied Electric Technology. The institute has ten professors, twenty-one associate professors, and six senior engineers. Among them, there are eight who have Doctorate degrees.

In recent years, teachers in this institute have undertaken six national level projects; forty-one provincial level projects and twenty six school level subjects. The institute has also published five hundred and sixty papers in both international and national academic journals. Of these papers, one hundred and sixteen were published by SCI??? and thirty-eight were published by EI. In particular, Professor Liu Fuhu, who is prominent in publishing dissertations in his field in Shanxi, has had most of his dissertations published by SCI. The institute is promoting the overall quality of its education through special projects: encouraging students to take postgraduate exams; help students to secure employment after graduation; moral education; and training in thought and political education. The rate of students who are enrolling in postgraduate studies is increasing year by year—from twenty eight percent in 2001 to thirty four percent in 2003. Postgraduate students go on to receive higher education in the China Science College and other famous national key universities. When students in this institute search for employment, the proportion of supply and demand is one to five,. In recent years, sixty alumni have received Doctorate degrees, fifty have gone abroad and nearly one hundred of them have taken positions as headmasters of middle schools, head of education bureaus or government leaders.

Physics

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in theory, knowledge and skills in physics to students who will teach in middle schools or engage in teaching, research and other relevant work.
Main courses: High Level Math, Mechanics, Study of Heat, Electromagnetism, Optics, Modern Physics, Mathematical Physic Methods, Theoretical Physics, Motor-Driven Mechanics, Heat Mechanics and Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Electrical Physics, Electron Circuits and Experimentation, Common Physics Experimentation, Intermediate Physics Experimentation and Physics Teaching.

Electric Information Engineering

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in theory, skills, scientific experimentation and research of electric information science and technology to students who will work in middle schools, do research or work in the fields of electric information and technology, computer science technology and also in executive departments engaging in scientific research, teaching, science and technology development, product design, production of technology or management.
Main courses: High Level Math, Mechanics, Study of Heat, Electromagnetics, Optics, Atom-Physics, Common Physics Experimentation, Circuit Analysis, Simulative Circuits, Digital Circuits, Theory and Application of Computing, High-Frequency Circuits, Theory of Communication, Automatic Control Engineering, Wired and Satellite Television Receiving Systems and Physics Teaching.

Electronic Information Science and Technology (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in theory, knowledge and skills of physics as well as theory and knowledge of electronic information science and technology to students who will work in middle schools or research.
Main courses: High Level Math, Common Physics, Circuit Analysis, Simulative Circuits, Digital Circuits, Theory and Application of Computing, Signals and Systems, Office Automation Engineering, Simulative Circuit Experimentation and Digital Circuit Experimentation.

Educational Technology Institute

At present, there are thirty three full-time staff in this institute, including twenty professional teachers, one professor, three associate professors, three lecturers, four who have Master degrees and five who are currently studying for a Masters or Doctorate level degree. The institute has six full-time laboratory technicians. The institute houses a large lecture room, 220m² in area, and two multimedia classrooms, one of 150m² and one of 80m². The institute also has two computer rooms, one reference library and six educational technology laboratories. The institute owns over a thousand pieces of experimental equipment costing over eight million yuan. Students may study at either university level or junior college level. The institute also offers two majors for undergraduates—Educational Technology, and Broadcast and Television Editing and Directing. The major offered for junior college students is Modern Education and Experiment Technology.

Education Technology

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training to those who are able to work in educational information engineering fields engaging in design, development, application, management and evaluation of teaching media and systems. It also trains those who will work in normal schools and middle schools as well as those who will work as engineers in educational engineer centers and educational television stations.
Main courses: Education Technology, Design of Teaching Systems, Theory and Practice of Teaching Media, Distant Education, Information Technology and Education, Basic Knowledge of Network Technology, Application of Network Education, Research Methods in Educational Technology, Data Structure and Procedure Design, Theory of Computing, Educational Television Systems, Editing and Directing and Writing of Television Educational Materials.

Broadcast and Television Editing and Directing (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training to those who will work in broadcasting and television fields and cultural organizations, engaging in the development of broadcast and television channels, editing, directing, program production, acoustics design, design of television educational material.
Main courses: Introduction to Broadcasting and Television, Television Photography, Basic Knowledge of Television Acoustics, Final Editing in Television, Television News Interviewing, Planning Television Programs, Theatre Direction, Producing Television Programs and Art Programs, Design and Production of Television Advertising, Television Music and Acoustics, Wireless Editing Techniques and Theory and Production of Animation.

Chemistry and Material Science Institute

The institute consists of two departments—the Chemistry Department and Material Science Department; two research departments—Material Chemistry Research Department and Applied Chemistry Research Department. At present, there are forty full-time teaching staff in this institute, including eight professors, nineteen associate professors. Among them, there are ten who possess Doctorate degrees, eight others who are studying for a Doctorate degree, and seven in the process of receiving Master degrees. There is one key provincial subject offered in the institute, and five areas of study offered to Master degree students—Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Material Physics and Chemistry, Teaching Theory of Chemistry and an Educational Masters. In recent years, the institute has offered two key national scientific research subjects and seventeen provincial ones. Three hundred papers have been published in both international and national academic journals, one hundred and twenty five of them being published in SCI??? The institute has won one provincial prize for the development of science and technology and five second prizes. Twenty-one dissertations have won provincial excellence prizes and seven professional works have been published.

Chemistry

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in theory, knowledge and skill of chemistry to those who will engage in research, work in middle schools as chemistry teachers, in chemistry education research or other relevant jobs.
Main courses: Inorganic Chemistry, Analysis Chemistry (including instrument analysis chemistry), Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry (including structured chemistry), Basic Knowledge of Chemistry Engineering, Theory of Chemistry Teaching, Experimental Classes, Teaching Theory and Method and Basic Knowledge of Humanistic Social Sciences.

Material Chemistry (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in basic knowledge, theory and skills related to material chemistry to those who will work in the fields of material science and engineering engaging in research, education, scientific research and relevant management jobs.
Main courses: Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analysis Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Structural Chemistry, Material Chemistry and Material Physics.

Life and Science Institute

The institute consists of two departments—Biological Science and Biological Technology; two research departments—Biological Diversity Research Department and Cell Engineering Department; and one Biology Technology Research and Development Center. All together there are thirty five full-time teaching staff in this institute, including three professors, nine associate professors, one staff with a post-Doctorate degree, ten with Doctorate degrees and fourteen with Master degrees. There are four majors offered to undergraduate students—Biological Science, Biological Technology, Primary School Education and Science Education; two areas of study are offered to Master degree students—Botany and Theory of Subject Teaching. The institute enrolls postgraduates in Botanic Ecology, Botanic Cell Research and Botanic Genetics.

The institute has undertaken thirty-one provincial scientific research programs, five of which received prizes in the area of science and technological development. It has also taken on twelve national programs, receiving prizes for four, and has published twenty-two professional works and nine teaching textbooks. Approximately one hundred papers have been published in key national journals. At present, the institute is now working on fourteen provincial scientific research programs and two science and technology development programs under the mandate of a number of enterprises. This institute has well qualified teachers and superior experimental conditions. The institute’s achievements owe much to its strict management. In recent years, thirty percent of the students have gone on to further study, and ninety five percent of them have found employment at the time of graduation.

Biological Science

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in the basic theory, experimental techniques and scientific research capabilities in biological science to students who will eventually work in middle schools, in research and in other related educational employment.
Main courses: Zoology, Botany, Anatomic Physiology of the Human Body, Botanic Physiology, Microorganisms, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology and Theory of Biology Instruction.

Biological Engineering:

The main purpose of training:
To provide basic training in the theory of life science and basic skills in biological engineering to those who will work in middle schools, in research and working with biological engineering in the fields of medicine, food, agriculture, forestry, stock raising, fishery, environmental protection and gardens.
Main courses: Microorganisms, Cell Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Cell Engineering, Microorganism Engineering, Biochemistry Engineering, Biological Engineering Technology, Fermentation.

Primary School Education (Science)

The main purpose of training: To give an all round training to students, so that they may work as quality primary school teachers. Students of primary school education are also required to undertake educational scientific research and educational management using modern educational concepts.
Main courses: Psychology of Elementary Students, Educational Psychology, Psychological Health of Students, Principles of Education, Theory of Teaching and Education, Scientific Research Statistics of Education, Primary School Chinese Language Teaching Methods, Primary School Math Teaching Methods, Modern Educational Technology, Oral and Written Skills, Math Analysis, High Level Math, Analytical Geometry, Probability Statistics, Theory of Junior Math, Teaching Research of Primary School Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Nature and Geography and Humanistic Social Science.

Science Education

The main purpose of training: To train future elementary and middle school science teachers in the theory of science education and provide them with basic science research skills. To train teachers who will possess a spirit of exploration and have a good grasp of modern education theory.
Main courses: Basic Knowledge of Biology, Common Physics, Basic Knowledge of Nature and Geography, Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Anatomic Physiology of the Human Body, Music, Art, Oral and Written Skills, Basic Knowledge of Humanistic Science, Curriculum and Teaching Theory, Introduction to Science Education, Methods of Teaching Science Educational Materials, Research Methods in Science Education and Modern Education Technology.

City and Environmental Science Institute

The institute consists of two departments—Geographical Science Department and the City and Environmental Science Department; one research department—Shanxi Regional Development Research Department. At present, there are thirty-seven full-time teaching staff in this institute, including twenty-five professional teachers, four professors, eight associate professors, seven lecturers and six assistant teachers. Among them, there are three staff with Doctorate degrees, and two in the process, two with post-Doctorate degrees, four with Master degrees, and one in the process of receiving a Masters degree. There are three areas of study offered to Master degree students—Natural Geography, Humanistic Geography and Teaching Geography; two offered to undergraduates—Geographical Science and Natural Resources, and City and Village Planning Management. At present, the institute has fifteen Master degree students, nineteen Master degree students in geography education, 567 undergraduate students and 138 correspondent students.
The institute has recently implemented reforms to improve the quality of instruction. In 2001, thirty-four percent of students went on to postgraduate study, the highest rate of all institutes in the university. Teachers in this institute are actively involved in scientific research, including ten national research subjects and more than twenty provincial subjects. Also, the staff has published over twenty academic publications and approximately three hundred academic papers.

Geographical Science

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in the theory, knowledge and skills of geographical science to those who will work in middle schools, research, and educators in relevant employment.
Main courses: Natural Geography, Humanistic Geography, Economics of Geography, World Geography, Cartography, Geographical Information Systems, Environmental Protection, Educational Psychology, Theory of Geography Teaching, Computer Aided Education and Basic Knowledge of Humanistic Science.

Environmental Resource Management and City and Village Planning

The main purpose of training: To provide the basic training in theory, knowledge and skills of environmental resource management and City and Village Planning to students who will be qualified to work in scientific research organizations, higher level education, enterprises and executive departments engaging in scientific research, teaching, natural resource development and planning and management.
Main courses: Geology, Natural Geography, Economic Geography, Land Planning, Cartography, Application of Remote Sensing, Science Management, Environmental Science, Land Evaluation and Land Management, Calculation and Management of Water Resources, Ecological Environmental Planning, Environmental Chemistry, Geographical Information Systems, City Planning and Regional Planning.

Biological Technology and Engineering Institute

The institute covers an area of 71,300m², with buildings covering 38,000m². At present, there are one hundred and twenty-five full-time teaching and working staff in this institute, including ninety professional teachers, twenty-five senior teaching staff, two with Doctorate degrees, and twenty one staff with Master degree qualifications. The institute’s five departments—the Agronomy Department, Zoological Science Department, Food Science and Engineering Department, Mechanical Electron Engineering Department and Construction Engineering Department—are well equipped with experimental equipment and offer a total of sixteen majors.

Zoology

The main purpose of training: To provide basic theory, knowledge and skills in zoology to students who will go on to use this knowledge in relevant fields such as engineering and design, management, teaching and research.
Main courses: Animal Physiology and Biochemistry, Breeding of Domestic Animals, Animal Nutrition, Animal Reproduction, General Sanitation of Domestic Animals and Knowledge of Grasslands.

Horticulture

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in the theory, knowledge and skills of biology and horticulture to students who will work in fields such as agriculture, trade, and garden management engaging in engineering design, management, teaching and research.
Main courses: Botany, Botanic Physiology, Biochemistry, Applied Probability Statistics, Genetics, Soil Science, Agricultural Ecology, Breeding of Horticultural Plants, Growing of Horticultural Plants, Prevention and Cure of Horticulture Plant Disease and Pests, Processing, and Storage and Selling of Horticultural Products.

Gardening (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in the knowledge of ecology, garden plants, scenic garden planning and design to students who will work in city construction departments, parks, forestry and flower enterprises, engaging in planning, design and construction of scenic places, gardens, reproduction, breeding, growing and protection of garden plants.
Main courses: Senior Math, Botany, Organic Chemistry, Plant Physiology, Principles of Garden Art, Technical Drawing, Garden Planning, the Science of Garden Trees, Garden Flower Science, Garden Engineering, Landscape Design, Landscape Planning and Garden Construction and Design.

Food Science and Engineering

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in chemistry, biology, food engineering and food technology to those who will work in the food production industry, engaging in food production management, quality control, product development, engineering design, teaching and research.
Main courses: Food Biochemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Nutrition, Food Analysis and Theory of Food Engineering.

Food Science and Engineering (Food Quality and Safety, non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training to assist students to adapt to the environment of the twenty first century, to obtain skills of creativity, and other skills to enable them to work effectively in the area of food production in analysis and testing, safety evaluation, quality management, scientific research and general management skills.
Main courses: Food Biochemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Sanitation Testing, Equipment Analysis, Food Safety Control Skills, Food Regulation and Criteria and Animal Quarantine.

Design, Production and Automation of Machinery (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic knowledge and skills in areas such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer application, to enable students to be qualified to work in industry, mining enterprises, scientific research units, technological colleges and management.
Main courses: Engineering Charting, Engineering Mechanics, Basic Knowledge of Mechanical Design, Electrical Technology, Electrotechnics, Engineering Materials, Digital Control Technology, Design of Machinery and Electrical Equipment Systems and Principles of Computing.

Civil Engineering

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in the theory of mechanics to students who will work in project planning, design, research and development, construction and management, and specifically in the areas of house construction, underground construction and the building of roads.
Main courses: High Level Math, Linear Algebra and the Theory of Probability, University Physics, Technical Drawing, Engineering Drafting, Theoretical Mechanics, Material Mechanics, Constructional Mechanics, Constructional Engineering Measurement, Civil Engineering Materials, Concrete and Brick Structures, Basic Knowledge of Constructional Foundations and the Theory of Teaching Civil Engineering.

Mechanical Electronic Engineering (three years, junior college)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training to assist students to meet the needs of socialist construction, to master rudimentary knowledge and theory of mechanical electronic engineering and provide them with the skills necessary to work in relevant fields engaging in engineering design, development, research and maintenance.
Main courses: Engineering Mechanics, Basic Knowledge of Mechanical Design, Basic Knowledge of Electric and Electronic Technology, Theory and Application of Computing, Mechanical Engineering Materials, Basic Knowledge of Manufacturing Technology, Test Technology of Machinery and Electrical Equipment, Automatic Mechanical Design and Digital Control Machine Tools.

Applied Electronic Engineering (three years, junior college)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training to students who can meet the needs of socialist construction, who are open-minded, and creative, and can adapt well to different conditions, so that they can use the basic knowledge of electronic engineering and the skill of applied electron to engage in teaching, scientific researching, designing and manufacturing.
Main courses: Course in Electronic Technology, Course in Computer Technology, Theory of Televisions, Electrical Machine Control and Theory of Automatic Control.

Physical Education Institute

The Physical Education Institute of Shanxi Normal University was developed on the basis of the Physical Education Institute of the Normal Junior College in Southern Shanxi, which was built in 1958. In 1964, it was called the Physical Education Department of Shanxi Normal College. In 1984, it was given the name of Physical Education Department of Shanxi Normal University, which merged with Linfen Teachers Junior College in 1989. After that, the Physical Education Institute of Shanxi Normal University came into being. It was merged into Shanxi Normal University by the Shanxi People’s Government in 1999. It is now the largest and the only Physical Education Institute in Shanxi Province with its own school area. The institute consists of the Physical Education Pedagogy Department, Traditional Ethnic Physical Education Department and the Social Physical Education Department, the Public Physical Culture Education and Research Department, and the People’s Exercise Research Department. There are six rooms for doing subject teaching and research. There are three areas of study offered to Master degree students: Physical Education Humanistic Sociology, Physical Education and Pedagogy of Physical Education.

There are 135 full-time teaching and working staff in this institute, including 100 professional teachers. Among them, there are eight professors, thirty-three associate professors and forty-five lecturers; and also eight national referees and forty-two national first-level referees. The institute offers both postgraduate and undergraduate courses, and currently has 1800 graduate students and 1400 correspondence students. Since the institute was established it has trained 4376 sport professionals, including thirty outstanding athletes—nine master athletes and twenty-four first level athletes. The representative teams of the institute have consistently done well in university sports meetings at both regional and national levels.

The institute attaches great importance to teaching reforms and scientific research. In the past three years, the institute has published sixty academic essays in national journals, such as “Physical Education Science” and “China Physical Education Technology”. Fifteen papers have been presented at different national and international conferences, including the National Physical Education Scientific Conference and the World University Students Sports Meeting Public Lecture Conference. The institute has undertaken twenty-nine scientific research subjects at both the national and provincial level, and has published over three hundred academic papers, books and edited works.

The “Journal of the Physical Education Institute of Shanxi Normal University”, with its distinct local flavor, its standard editing criteria and high academic level, has gained circulation both nationally and abroad. It is one of only a few such journals from teachers’ universities to belong to the Federation of National Physical Education Journals.

Physical Education Teaching

The main purpose of training: To provide basic training in theory and skill of physical education teaching to help students to master the teaching principles of physical education, to become fully developed, so that they are able to work in middle schools as teachers, physical education trainers, as well as training those who will engage in scientific research, or who will work in management or training positions in physical education centers.
Main courses: English, Basic Knowledge of Law, Computing, Anatomy of the Human Body, Human Physiology, Physical Education Health Protection, School Physical Education, Physical Education Psychology, Basketball, Football, Athletics, Martial Arts, Theory of Physical Education, History of Physical Education, Sports Biomechanics and Physical Education Dancing.

Physical Education (non-teaching, exercising and training)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic theory, knowledge and practical training of modern sports as well as basic theory and knowledge of athletic sports, so that they are capable of engaging in the training of special sports.
Main courses: Athletic Anatomy, Athletic Medical Science, Athletic Biomechanics, Athletic Biochemistry, Athletic Psychology, the Science of Athletic Training, Athletic Physiology, Theory of Physical Education, Physical Education Evaluation, Physical Education Sociology, Olympic Games and Special Training and Theory.

Social Physical Education (non-teaching)

The main purpose of training: To provide basic theory and skill of social physical education to those who will work in the field of social physical education, engaging in basic training, instruction, management, teaching and scientific research.
Main courses: Principles of Social Physical Education, the Science of Social Physical Education Management, Physical Education Sociology, Theory of Exercise, Health Preservation of Chinese Physical Education, Theory and Method of Public Exercise and Entertainment and Physical Education Programs.

Traditional Ethnic Physical Education:

The main purpose of training: To provide basic theory and knowledge of national tradition physical culture to students who want to be referees of special athletic teams, or at special physical education schools, clubs and martial arts schools, as well as those who will be managers or instructors of national traditional physical culture centers; also those who will be qualified to work in public security bureaus.
Main courses: Health Protection of Traditional Physical Education, Theoretical Methods of Physical Education, Scientific Research, History of Chinese Martial Arts, Basic Theory of Martial Arts, Theory and Method of Special Skills, Chinese Wrestling, Theoretical Methods of Body Building, Security Science, Ancient Chinese, Principles of Chinese Culture, the Science of Physical Education Management.