✪ Bachelor of Arts Program Social Science Interdisciplinary Program Interdisciplinary College (Lampang)

(Curriculum update 2018)

Thai course name:ศิลปศาสตรบัณฑิต สาขาวิทยาการสังคมศาสตร์
English course name:Bachelor of Arts Program in Interdisciplinary Studies of Social Science


1. Introduction to the program / Faculty

Philosophy and Objectives of the Program

   The economic, political, and social conditions, both domestically and internationally, have developed, progressed and have become more complex. Various economic, political, social and cultural phenomena and problems have been increasing as a result of interactions among people. Interdisciplinary science knowledge such as knowledge on economics, political science, law, sociology and anthropology, should be addressed and understood to prevent and solve those problems and achieve the ultimate goal of national development.

    Thammasat University has a policy to expand educational opportunities to the region and develop human resources for academic excellence while aiming to produce qualified graduates and build interdisciplinary knowledge. Bachelor of Arts Program, Social Science Interdisciplinary Program, therefore, was established under the aforementioned policy and objectives at Thammasat University, Lampang Campus. The College of Interdisciplinary Studies was built on the concept of "Integrated knowledge with a focus on glorifying Dhamma’’ to lead the society.

Currently there are 4 majors as follows:

  1. Chinese education
  2. The Greater Mekong sub-region Study
  3. Social and cultural resource management
  4. Tourism development

Chinese study

   This is a study of the People's Republic of China which focuses on Chinese history and civilization, politics, government, economy, society and culture. As China has a political and economic power of the world which is being closely watched by the global community in the 21st century, the role of China at the regional and global levels significantly impacting on Thai-Chinese relations.

Greater Mekong Sub-region Study

   This study focuses on education of economic, political, social, cultural, environmental conditions of the countries in the Mekong sub-region. The areas of the study include international cooperation as well as a development paradigm at both the national and regional levels. In the midst of global social change, it is important to study the impact of development in the Greater Mekong Sub-region for learning and raising a sense of belonging to the same region. Social and cultural resource management Concepts and forms of social and cultural resource management, such as the use of corporate groups and social networks are the areas of the study. Cultural resources, such as various types of fine arts, beliefs, traditions, rituals and wisdom for preservation, including development into social and cultural capital lead to sustainable development with an interdisciplinary perspective.

Tourism development

   It is a study that focuses on understanding the concepts, contemporary theories and techniques, tools, channels, mechanisms, and practices in tourism management. The study also includes the role of the tourism industry from the perspectives of economy, politics, society, culture in the 21st century, including ways to prevent and mitigate the effects of tourism as well as methods of conservation and promotion, components of tourism that will lead to sustainable development.


2. Course Objectives / Faculty


3. Program / Faculty format

Duration: 4 academic years


4. Professions that can be attained after graduation

   Bachelor of Arts Program, Social Science Interdisciplinary Program is accredited by the Civil Service Commission (CSC). Therefore, students who graduate from this program are able to work in various departments, both public and private, such as professors, academics, educators, general administrative officer, cultural administrator, policy and plan analysis officer, reporters, community developers, social sciences researcher, Local Administrative Organization personnel guide. They can also work in organizations or companies related to tourism, trade and investment and international relations.


5. Expenses

Monthly payment of 18,000 baht per semester.


6. Number / qualifications of full-time faculty

Education Level Academic Positions   Total 


7. Number of Current Students.

YearAmount (person)
Year 1118
Year 169
Year 180
Year 1120


8. Number of Accepted Students Each Year.

Years of AdmissionsNumber of Admissions (person)Current Amount
2559 (Code 59)142120
2560 (Code 60)10180
2561 (Code 61)8669
2562 (Code 62)120118


9. Academic research work of the curriculum / Faculty

Chinese major

1. Associate Professor Pittaya Suvakunta, Ph.D
Pittaya Suvakunta. (2013). Analysis of the impact of the policy on opening of the Mae Sot border economic zone. (Thailand) - Myawaddy Special Economic Zone (Myanmar) under the framework of the ASEAN Community. The research was funded by research funds from the Interdisciplinary College, Thammasat University.

Pittaya Suvakunta. (2013). Chinese Soaring in ASEAN and Its Impact on Geopolitics and Economics. Research funded by Thammasat University Research Fund.

Text Book
Phitthaya Suvakunta. (2015). Looking Forward-Looking After: ASEAN Economic Community 2015. Lampang: Printing Arts. Phitthaya Suvakunta. (2561). Economy and politics in the Mekong River Basin region. Bangkok: Thammasat University.

The Article
Pittaya Suvakunta (2013), "Expanding the role of China: Chinese multinational corporations in Laos and Vietnam." Political Science, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Vol. 1, No. 1 (January-April 2013), 140-17.

Pittaya Suvakunta (2013) "China-Thailand-Laos relations: on the North-South Economic Corridor (NSEC) of Chiang Khong District Chiang Rai (Thailand) and Huay Sai City, Bo Kaeo Province, Laos. "Journal of the Mekong River Basin, Volume 1, Issue 2, April 2, 56-September 2013, Mekong River Basin Dynamics in the ASEAN Stream, 105-136.

Phitthaya Suwakhan (2014) "Landscape Strategy of Chinese Transnational Corporations in Laos and Vietnam." Journal of Social Sciences. Walailak University, Year 7, Issue 7, September 2014, 277-330.
Suvakunta P. (2016) “Thailand’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Vietnam VNU Journal of Science, Vol. 32, No. 1S (2016) , 13-24.

2. Asst. Prof. Dr. Wasana La-orngplew
Text Book
Wasana La-orngplew (September 2018). "The politics of (Not) the movement of young Thai workers "in the noble sublime (army), the social life of the movement. Bangkok: Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology Thammasat University .

The Article
La-orngplew, Wasana (2017).“Guanxi and Post-Socialist Chinese Business in Pakse, Laos” in Yos Santasombat (ed.) Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Cultures and Practices. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan ,207-227.

La-orngplew, Wasana (2019). “Chinese Migrant Traders in Pakse, Champasak Province, Laos: Trajectories and Business Future” in Yos Santasombat (ed.) The Sociology of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Prospects. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan ,245-269.

Wasana Laenpli. (2015). From rice fields to rubber plantations: changes in agricultural landscape of highland communities in Luang Nam Tha Subdistrict, Laos PDR. Fighting for development and modernity in Laos. Chiang Mai: ASEAN Studies Center Chiang Mai University, 12-52.

3. Asst. Prof. Dr. Sivarin Lertphusit
The Article
Sivarin Lertphusit. (2013). The Trade Model of Luang Prabang in the 19th Century. Interdisciplinary Journal. College of Interdisciplinary Studies Thammasat University, Year 10, No. 2 (April - September 2013), 32-48.

Sivarin Lertpusit, Phitthaya Suvakunta, Kanokwan U-thongsap, Touchakorn Bua Lom. (2016). The Impact of Opening the Mae Sot Special Economic Zone (Thailand) - Myawaddy Special Economic Zone (Myanmar) under the ASEAN Economic Community. Journal of Political Science And Public Administration, Year 7, No. 2 (July-December 2016), 30-34.


Greater Mekong Sub-Region Study

1. Asst. Prof. Dr. Kanokwan U-thongsap
Kanokwan U-thongsap (2014). A project to analyze the potential and develop a prototype tourism management program for the MICE industry in Chiang Mai To support the entry into the ASEAN Economic Community. National Budget. Lampang: Thammasat University

Kanokwan U-thongsap (2013). Adaptation of coffee farmers in the northern region under the ASEAN Economic Community: a case study of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai provinces. Thammasat University Research Fund, Thammasat University. Kanokwan U-thongsap (2013). Analysis of the impact of the policy on opening of the Mae Sot border economic zone (Thailand) - Myawaddy Special Economic Zone (Myanmar) under the framework of the ASEAN Community. Thammasat University Interdisciplinary Research Fund.

The Article
Kanokwan U-thongsap (October 2012 - March 2013). The seizure of enemy national property in Thailand in The second war period and the emergence of independent Burma military movement in Lampang province. " Journal of Humanities Social Sciences Thaksin University, Year 7, Issue 2,63-78.

Kanokwan U-thongsap (January - December 2013). Economic History of Lampang City: After the Bowring Treaty to 2503. Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences, Review Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Lampang Rajabhat University, Year 1, Issue No.1149-167.

Kanokwan U-thongsap (2013). The Fall of the Ruler of Lanna Districts in Political Economy: City of Lampang. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Year 10, Issue No. 1116-151.

Kanokwan U-thongsap Adjustment of coffee farmers in the north under the ASEAN Economic Community. A case study of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai provinces Journal of Modern Management Science, Vol. 9, No. 1 January - June 2016, 94-105.

2. Asst. Prof. Dr. Yingluk Kanchanaroek
Yingluk Kanchanaroek. (2016). Project to enhance the agricultural sustainability of Small-scale farmers, Chae Hom District, Lampang Province, a research project funded by The Thailand Research Fund (TRF).

3. Asst. Prof. Theraphat Chaiphiphat
Theraphat Chaiphiphat. (2013). Food security and survival of marginalized people in the Mekong region: a case study of Ban Pak Ing Tai community. Sridonchai Subdistrict Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai Province Research funded by Thammasat University Research Fund.

Text Book
Theraphat Chaiphiphat. (2013). International politics. Bangkok. Mr. Copy (Thailand). Academic Article Theraphat Chaiphiphat. (2013). Cross-border trade expansion between Thailand, southern China and Transportation development in the upper Mekong River Basin Under the framework of the ASEAN Free Trade Area China. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 39, No. 1, 96-111.


Doctorate in Social and Cultural Resource Management

1. Asst. Prof. Dr. Khomsi Meepukdee
Khumsi Meepukdee. (2014). Study on the management of antiquities In the Chedi temple, Sa Lang Lang Lampang. Research funded by the Interdisciplinary College Research Fund. Thammasat University.

2. Asst. Prof. Phensiri Punpa
The Article
Phensiri Punpa. (2014). Agricultural Commitments: Relationships Systems, Risks, Power Adaptation and Negotiation A Case Study of Farmers in Lampang Province. Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences, Year 2, Volume 1 (January - June 2014), Local Issue in the New World, 76-107.

3. Asst. Prof. Olan Rattanapakdee
Bua Phun Suphayot, Sombat Somsriphloi, Kittisak Kerd-arunsuksri, Olan Rattanapakdee, Apilak Kasemphonkul and Monthirata Muang. (2014). Research Report on Central Folk Songs (Thai Folk Songs of Central Region). Research grants Department of Cultural Promotion Ministry of Culture Budget year 2557.

The Article
Olan Rattanapakdee. (January - December 2013). Nature Local History and Social and Cultural conditions: Reflections from the village landscape in Lampang Province. Journal of Humanities Social Sciences Review Lampang Rajabhat University, Year 1, Issue 1, 111 - 146.

Olan Rattanapakdee. (September 2014). Going to investigate the songs of Choi in Muang Rung. The Cherd Siam Journal, Year 1, Issue 1, 12-14.


Major in Tourism Development

1. Asst. Prof. Thirawat Tanthanis
Books / Textbooks
Tanthanis, T. (2013). Reading Skill Development, 2nd ed. Bangkok : Thammasat University Press.

Tanthanis, T. (2014). The Effect of Learning Together Technique of Cooperative Learning in Language Learning Activities on English Reading Comprehension in Literal level and Interpretative level : TU Research Fund Academic.

The Article
Tanthanis, T. (2014). Vocabulary Learning Strategies of Interdisciplinary Studies Students with High and Low Levels of Reading Comprehension Ability in Social Sciences. Journal of Language and Linguistics, vol 33(1), 1-22.

Thirawat Tanthanis. (September - December 2016). The effect of using cooperative language learning activities in a collaborative learning style on reading comprehension in English at the alphabet and at the level of interpret. Journal of Humanities, Naresuan University, 13 Issue 3 (September - December 2016), 19-34.

2. Asst. Prof. Chaiyut Tawharanurak
Text Book
Chaiyut Tawharanurak. (2017). Basic knowledge about tourism industry. Bangkok. Thammasat University. Articles

Chaiyut Tawharanurak, Ethnic Community Management in Kalayaniwattana District, Chiangmai Province. Amid the current trend of tourism development policy, 23 January 2015, an academic seminar on the occasion of establishing Faculty of Social Work, 61st Anniversary at the Faculty of Social Work, Thammasat University, Tha Prachan, 1-21. Bangkok. Thammasat University.


10. Total credits throughout the course

130 credits


11. Qualifications of eligible applicants

1) General characteristics

  1. The applicant must be a person who intends to study full-time and will strictly comply with the regulations of the university.
  2. Applicants must be those who have not yet had the right to study in any higher education institution.
  3. Applicants must not be students of universities or other higher education institutions, except for studying at an open university or studying online for a degree.
  4. Applicants must not be patients or live in conditions that will be a major obstacle to education.
  5. Candidates must not be violators of good morals or have serious behavioral issues.

2) Applicants must be currently studying or have completed Matthayom 6 or equivalent, such as general education, vocational education, or have qualifications from abroad. (See announcement of qualification comparison guidelines at http://acrd.tu.ac.th/course/documents/regu/ TU announcement. Comparison of guidelines for qualification 62.pdf)

3) GPAX 2.75 (M.4-M.6, 1st semester, total 5 semesters) for those who are studying in grade 6 or cumulative GPA 2.75 (m-4-m.6 total 6 semesters) for Matthayom 6 graduates (for Portfolio Qualifications)

4) Have the results of the National Basic Educational Testing (O-NET)

5) Have a General Aptitude Test (GAT). (* GAT must not be later than 2 years *)