From the 2022 semester onwards (starting at the end of June), the Faculty of Humanities at Chiang Mai University is accepting students into a newly designed program that aims to develop in our students:
• a breadth of humanistic knowledge and cultural literacy
• a comprehensive understanding of social changes from global and local perspectives
• interpersonal, communicative, and professional skills that help promote sustainability in an uncertain and rapidly changing world.
BA Humanities and Sustainability (BAHS) is a new program of the Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University. This program has been designed with a belief in human potential, a potential that can be discovered and managed for future use. Unlike other BA programs in the humanities and arts faculties in Thailand, which limit expertise to specific areas, the BAHS program equips students with a breadth of knowledge in the human arts and sciences. This knowledge allows them to explore, mix and match, and develop their own unique academic and professional skill sets.
Open curriculum but target-oriented
To produce graduates who can strategize from wide knowledge, the curriculum structure of BAHS has been designed to be “open” but “target-oriented.” In the first phase of the program, students design their own foundations from a variety of core courses that come from various humanities fields. In the second phase, they learn how this foundational knowledge creates impact and fosters change in contexts such as environmental studies, scientific and technological cultures, civil rights activism, or the creative industries. In the third phase, students experiment with their own ideas in “lab” style projects conducted alongside their peers and academic staff. While this is an open curriculum, students will be guided in their subject choices along the way, through academic advising.
Declare your concentration
Students in the BAHS program have an option to declare their area of concentration in addition to the BAHS degree awarded by Chiang Mai University. Currently, there are three concentrations available: creative writing & communication, media & technology, and global societies and changes. Each concentration has different requirements in course completion and grade assessment. Students will be awarded a certificate by the Faculty of Humanities as recognition of the concentration upon finishing the program.
More than just an English-taught program
The BAHS program understands the complexities of global cultures, and we would like to teach our students how to navigate these complexities. Not only do the teachings in the BAHS program are carried out in English, but all students in the program are also required to take twelve credits of a second language besides English. We believe that being able to see the world through the lens of multiple languages helps students understand the intricacies of global cultures and, as a result, enables them to thrive in the local and global—and often multilingual—spaces of contemporary society.
The BAHS program has partnered with many international universities both in and outside of Asia such as Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan; Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea: and the universities in the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities (AALAU). Throughout their studies in BAHS, students will have many opportunities to participate and engage in academic activities that the program co-organizes with these universities. These opportunities include online academic workshops and conferences, exchange programs, service- learning with students from partner universities, and internships abroad.
Students in the BAHS program have the opportunity to join student clubs that are run by the BAHS program and the Faculty of Humanities. For example, For example, Read Club, which is sponsored by the BAHS program, allows students from the program and in other departments to engage in a dialogue on arts, cultures, and societies, through literary reading and film watching activities. Moreover, when commencing the program in 2022, we are going to launch the club that allows students and staffs who are interested in human and environment-centered innovation and entrepreneurship to join and participate in a series of activities. We look forward to see great and sustainable ideas that can be practiced in real life, especially in business where human’s well-being and rights, and the world’s ecology, have largely been ignored.
"The four course components"
Core courses (21 credits)
Take one mandatory core course (three credits). Then, choose other core coures for twenty-one credits.
Students will be given guidance on how to choose the core courses effectively, so that they can discover their real strength and passions.
Humanities elective courses (48 credits)
Take any Humanities elective courses for forty-eight credits
At this stage, students will be guided to take the elective courses that further develop their foundational knowledge earned in core courses.
Take twelve credits of the foreign language courses. At least nine out of these twelve credits have to be courses in the same language group.
GE & FE courses (30 credits)
Choose any GE courses offered across CMU to take for thirty credits (including the university English-language courses for twelve credits).
Also, choose to take any courses outside of BAHS program for six credits as free electives.
- Human Sciences and Global Civic Engagement (the only mandatory core course)
- Literary Narratives in Global Cultures
- Creative Expression: Genres and the World’s Stories
- Ideas and Liberations around the World
- Language, Mind, and the World
- Global History: Society and the Environment
- Making Place: Global History and Culture
- Screening, Seeing, and Self-Sustaining
- Gender, Culture, and Equality
- Philosophy of Technology
- Introduction to Southeast Asia
- Religions and Social Change
- Introduction to International Relations
Currently available language groups
- Thai (for non-native Thai speakers)
At least 9 credits have to be the same language
Humanities elective courses
- Literary Media and the Environment
- Imagining Futures through Graphic Novels
- Emerging Technologies and Ethics
- Chiang Mai: A Global City
- Advertising Fiction: Past, Present, and Future
- History of Books and Textual Objects
- Ethnicity and Contemporary Media Cultures
- Health and Medicine in Visual Media Cultures
- Conundrums of the Postcolonial World
- Desire and the Productions of Cultures
- Eco-Nations: Critical and Creative Perspectives
- Distant Reading and Computational Interpretation
- Creative Writing
- Literary Journalism and Media Communication
- Selected Topics in the Psychology of Language and Communication
- Digitizing Cultures Project: Stories and Oral Histories
- Selected Topics in Global Studies
- Selected Topics in Screen and Visual Cultures
- Environmental Humanities in Praxis
- Humanities Lab for Social Enterprises
- Independent Study
Students can also choose to declare an area of concentration. That is, if they meet the requirements of course completion and grade assessment according to each area, The Faculty of Humanities will award a certificate of recognition in the area of concentration upon finishing the program. At the moment, there are three concentrations to choose from:
The BAHS program trains students to have the necessary skills that help them stand out in the job market, especially those markets that seek candidates who are good at language, content making, and cross-cultural communication. Relevant jobs might include:
Creative content producer and manager
Writer and journalist
Translator and interpreter
Communication specialist and manager
Customer and public relations manager
News reporter and presenter
Foreign affair officer
International event planner
Teacher and educator