Academic program

The Chinese major is built around a structured sequence of instruction in language skills leading to competency in spoken and written Mandarin, with classical Chinese taught at the advanced level. Emphasis is placed on familiarizing students with the rich cultural heritage of China's 4,000-year history, which is transmitted and embodied by the native language of more than one billion people. The program strongly recommends that majors spend their junior year on a departmentally recognized study-abroad program in mainland China or Taiwan.

Major Requirements. The major consists of a minimum of twelve courses that must include:

1) Language:
a) CHI 101–102. Beginning Chinese I and II.
CHI 201–202. Intermediate Chinese I and II.
CHI 301–302. Upper-Level Modern Chinese I and II.
Students with previous experience in Chinese who begin their study of Chinese at the second-year level may elect to fulfill this requirement with CHI 201–202, 301–302, 401–402 or the equivalent.

b) One course at the 400-level from among the following:
CHI 401. Advanced Chinese I.
CHI 402. Advanced Chinese II.
CHI 415. Readings in Classical Chinese.
CHI 421. Readings in Modern Chinese Culture.
CHI s40. Learning Chinese through Movies.
CHI s42. Readings in Modern Chinese Culture.
CHI 401 and/or 402 may be used in fulfillment of either this requirement or (a) above but not both.

2) Literature and Culture:
a) AS/CI 207. Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation.

b) Two courses from among the following:
AS/CI 225. Art and Politics in China.
CI/TH 230. Drama and Theater of China
Any first-year seminar on China.
CHI 415, 421, s40, or s42 may also be used to fulfill part of this requirement if not being used toward fulfillment of requirement (1b) above.

Students may also apply, at most, one of the following courses toward the fulfillment of this requirement:
AS/HI 171. China and Its Culture.
AS/AV 234. Chinese Visual Culture.
AS/HI 274. China in Revolution.
AS/RE 208. Religions in China.

3) Thesis Sequence:
a) ASIA 320. Old/Young, Man/Woman: Individual and Society in East Asia.

b) CHI 457 or CHI 458. Senior Thesis. Students are expected to utilize some source materials in Chinese in conducting research for the thesis. Qualified students may elect to write the thesis in Chinese.

Courses Taken Abroad. Students may petition the program to have courses taken in their study-abroad program applied toward the fulfillment of requirements (1a) and (2b) above.

Pass/Fail Grading Option. Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the Chinese major.

Advanced Placement. Students may receive credit for CHI 102 with a score of 4 on the Chinese AP examination, or credit for CHI 201 with a score of 5.

Minor. A minor requires seven courses, six of which must be in Chinese. At least one of the seven courses must involve the study of literature or culture. A student may petition to have up to three comparable courses, completed at other institutions in the United States or abroad, apply toward the minor.

Pass/Fail Grading Option. Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the minor in Chinese.