The School of Liberal Arts
Since its inception, the School of Liberal Arts at Mae Fah Luang University has pursued a multifaceted mission. Its ultimate goals are to promote quality instruction, research, academic services and art and cultural conservation, and to produce linguistically proficient graduates. The School pursues and maintains high standards of teaching English, Thai, Japanese, French, and other foreign languages while emphasizing the importance of information technology, which has become a worldwide occupational requirement. Further, the School seeks to customize a general education program in order to enhance learning in socio-cultural, economic, political, environmental and health/hygiene fields of study, which can serve as a foundation for other professional courses.
History of the School of Liberal Arts
The School of Liberal Arts was established pursuant to the Mae Fah Luang University Act, BE 2541 (1998). At its inception in 1999, the School was responsible solely for the creation and provision of general education courses, which it did for 2 years. In 2001, the School started a gradual expansion of its degree programs. Since then, the School has periodically developed and instituted new programs in several disciplines and at various educational levels.
In 2001, the School initiated its first undergraduate program, a Bachelor of Arts in English.
In 2004, the School launched a Bachelor of Arts in Business Chinese, its second undergraduate program. In the same year, a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Education in Education Management were added to the curriculum.
In 2005, the School introduced a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, before adding two new programs in the following year: a special Bachelor of Public Administration in Local Government and a PhD in Social Sciences. The Bachelor of Public Administration in Local Government program was a weekend program intended for local government employees.
In 2007, a Bachelor of Arts in Thai Language and Culture was initiated. In 2008, the School offered a five-year Bachelor of Arts in Chinese-Language Teaching, a Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, a Master of Arts in (Chinese) Translation and Interpretation.
Most recently, in 2009, the School started a continuing undergraduate program called a Dual Bachelor of Arts in Chinese. Also in 2009, the School completed a review, revision and update of its Bachelor of Arts in Business Chinese, Master of Arts in Cultural Studies and Master of Education in Education Management.