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Ethnology and Sociology College

The School of Ethnological Studies, now the School of Ethnology and Sociology (Institute of Ethnic Research), was established on March 17, 1994, by the approval of State Commission of Ethnic Affairs, on the basis of its predecessor, the Research Department founded in 1951 while the CUN was established by selecting national top scholars in Sociology, Ethnology and History for empowering ethnic minorities’ participation in the newly created People’s Republic of China. Today, SES CUN is a comprehensive teaching and research center in the Central University of Nationalities (CUN), and a hub of social-cultural anthropology and ethnology (applied anthropology) in China.

It has 2 Departments and 2 Institutes: the Department of Ethnology, the Department of Sociology and Institute of Taiwan Study, the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology with an undergraduate program of Museumology.? There are also 9 other research centres attached to SES, including the Rock Art Association of China, the Research Centre of European Culture and the Research Centre of Visual Anthropology, etc. It is strong in the fields of basic theories and methodology of anthropology and sociology, ethnography of China, applied anthropology (Ethnic research and Social Assessment), the Islam study, study of ethnicity, culture change and China study as a whole. Half faculty members are fluent in English and some are specialized in Russian and Japanese as well. SES welcomes joint research in the following fields:

Cross cultural comparison between the Chinese and European Civilizations
Peoples and cultures in China and East Asia
The interaction of nation-building and ethnic identities
The practices and challenges of ethnic-regional autonomy in China
The advocacy of ethnic minority rights and interests
HIV/AIDS and Drug control among ethnic minorities in China
The Islam and Muslim Culture in China
Visual presentation of ethnic cultures and cultural relics
In terms of its member of faculties, SES CUN has the honor of having a long list of academic leaders including past Professor Wu Wenzao, Pan Guangdan, Lin Yaohua, Fei Xiaotong, Song Shuhua, Wang Furen, senior Professors Chen Yongling, Wang Yao and Chen Zhaofu etc. Currently, the total number of faculty members in SES CUN includes 21 full professors, 25 associate professors and 42 lecturers. Most of them have the experiences of study and doing research abroad. Some have supervised Ph.D. students for other foreign universities. Some are among the first group of Trans-Century Talents (in Ethnology and Sociology), and have won national research awards many times. Each year, SES invites a few professors from other prestigious domestic and oversea institutions to be experts on the campus. Remarkably fruitful in the aspect of academic research, scholars in SES have published about one hundred monographs and books. Some have been selected as textbooks in many universities and some have been adopted by the higher authority as the basis for decision-making. SES CUN also has cooperative relations with the scholars of U.S.A., Russia ,Canada, Japan, Bulgaria ,Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong for teaching and research.
The Program of Ethnology is a top-level national discipline confirmed by the Academic Degree Appraising Office of the State Council.? SES enjoys the position of the first Ethnological Post-doctoral Research Station and houses the only state-level key discipline (Ethnology) among all the ethnic higher learning institutions in China.
SES has the qualification to confer academic degrees to students in the following fields and subjects.
Undergraduate programs for B.A. degree:

Ethnology (B.A. in History)
Ethnic Cultural Relics and Musemology (B.A. in History)
Sociology (B.A. in Law)
Graduates programs for M.A. degree:

Ethnology (M.A. in Law)
Cultural Anthropology (M.A. in Law)
Ethnic Cultural Relics, Musemology & Archeology (M.A. in History)
Sociology (M.A. in Law)
Ethno Sociology (M.A. in Law)
Postgraduate programs for Ph.D. degree:

Ethnology (Ph.D. in Law)
Cultural Anthropology (Ph.D. in Law)
Sociology (Ph.D. in Law)
Ethno Sociology (Ph.D. in Law)
Post-doc Research Station: Ethnology.
SES hosts an interior academic journal SES Academic Garden, featuring in delivering most update academic information home and abroad in Ethnology, Anthropology and Sociology. It also presents the digest of weekly lectures by professors and scholars from other Universities and Institutes. It is a platform for both students and teachers to know the latest information of academic happening in the SES.
The Current Leadership of SES CUN
Dean: Professor Yang Shengmin, Anthropologist, Expert in China Uigur Studies & Ethnic Relations
Party Secretary: Madam Wu Xiaoyan, Professional Administrator
Professor Zhang Haiyang, Associate Dean in charge of International Communications
Dr. Dai Chengping, Associate Dean in charge of undergraduate programs
Professor Ding Hong,Associate Dean in Charge of (post)Graduate Programs
Dr. Liu Mingxin: Associate Secretary and associate professor