As one of the earliest schools/departments of Southwest University for Nationalities (SWUN), the School of Literature and Journalism was originally established as the Department of Chinese Language and Literature in 1956, then was renamed as the School of Literature in November 2000, and adopted its current name in June 2010. The school now offers four undergraduate programs, namely, Chinese language and literature, teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages (formerly known as “teaching Chinese as a foreign language”), journalism, and television broadcasting science (formerly known as “journalism of broadcast and television”). The school also offers the Primary Master’s Degree program in Chinese Language and Literature as well as eight postgraduate programs in studies of literature and art, linguistics and applied linguistics, Chinese philology, studies of ancient Chinese documents, ancient Chinese literature, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, comparative literature and world literature, and ethnic literature and journalism and communication. In addition, the school offers a Master’s Degree program in fine arts under the Primary Master’s Degree program in Philosophy. The discipline of Chinese language and literature is a key Primary discipline recognized by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission; the program of Chinese language and literature is a provincial and a national featured specialty, serving as the Undergraduate Training Base of Sichuan Province; the course of history of ancient Chinese literature is a provincial quality course. In addition, the programs of journalism and television broadcasting science are recognized by the Specialized Committee of Journalism and Communication of China Association of Higher Education and Sichuan Association of Journalism Education, and are included in the Sichuan Education and Training Programs of Excellent Talents in Journalism and Communication.
The School has an excellent faculty of 80 members, of whom 22 are professors, 25 are associate professors, and over 90% hold master’s degrees or doctoral degrees. All full-time faculty members under the age of 40 hold doctorates. The school currently has teaching and research sections specializing in such fields as ancient Chinese literature, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Chinese philology, foreign literature and literary theories, College Chinese, journalism, teaching Chinese as a foreign language, and television broadcasting science. In addition, the school is entitled to review and award professorship in Chinese language and literature.