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Chinese: Major

The Chinese major program comprises the following elements. The following applies to all students who declaired the Chinese major in the fall of 2009 or after.

  1. Modern Language Skills—Completion of First Year, Second Year, and Third Year language courses, plus one course at the advanced level
  2. Related Areas—Completion of a selection of courses, both inside and outside the department with at least 50% China content, to complement the language acquisition program.

I. The Chinese Language Program

33 credits to be completed in the language sequence:

course description credit
CHIN 0001, 0002 First Year 1 & 2 10
CHIN 0003, 0004 Second Year 1 & 2 10
CHIN 1020, 1021 Third Year 1 & 2 10
  Advanced level courses:  
CHIN 1040 Literary Chinese 1: Classical 3
CHIN 1050 Fourth Year Reading 1 3
CHIN 1051 Fourth Year Reading 2 3


II. Chinese Literature and Culture

Students must complete 13 credits to be chosen from the following, which include (a) one course from the traditional period (1041, 1047, 1083, 1087, or 1090), (b) one course from the modern period (0080, 0082, 0085, 1025, 1059, 1084, 1085, or 1088), and (c) Directed Writing for Majors (1908), which is taken in conjunction with a category II course marked with an asterisk.

course description credit
CHIN 0007 Introduction to Chinese Civilization and Culture

3

CHIN 0080 *City Life and East Asian Culture 3
CHIN 0081 *East Asia in the World 3
CHIN 0082 *Hong Kong Cinema 3
CHIN 0085 *Revolution, Involution, and Identity in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (NEW FOR FALL OF 2012) 3
CHIN 1025 Aspects of the Chinese Language 3
CHIN 1040 Literary Chinese 1: Classical 3
CHIN 1041 Literary Chinese 2: Classical 3
CHIN 1047 *Chinese and Western Poetry 3
CHIN 1059 *Adapted for the Screen: Chinese Literature and Film 3
CHIN 1083 *Masterpieces in Chinese Literature: Pre-modern 3
CHIN 1084 *Masterpieces in Chinese Literature: Modern 3
CHIN 1085 *Introduction to East Asian Cinema 3
CHIN 1088 *New Chinese Cinema 3
CHIN 1089 *The World of China 3
CHIN 1090 *Great Minds of China 3
CHIN 1908 Directed Writing for Majors 1

 

III. China-related Courses in other Departments
(6 credits)

Below is a sample list of China-related offerings in other departments with China-content of 50% or more. Contact the Academic Advisor for Chinese Majors to find out if a course counts for this requirement.

course description term
ECON 1630 Economic Development of China (SPRING)
HAA 1605 Ancient Chinese Art (FALL)
HAA 0620 Art of China (FALL)
HAA 0690 Chinese Landscape Painting (FALL)
HAA 1640 20th Century Chinese Art (SPRING)
HIST 0401 Modern East Asian Civilization (SPRING)
HIST 1422 Late Imperial China (FALL)
HIST 0755 Religion in Asia (cross-listed with Religious Studies 0505) (SPRING)
MUSIC 0354 Chinese Performance Literature (SPRING)
PS 1523 East Asia in World Politics (SPRING)

 

IV. Senior Project (3 credits)

CHIN 1999 "Senior Project" must be taken by all Chinese majors and by multiple-subject majors whose primary major is Chinese. The completion of this course is University's requirement for graduation. The course is generally offered once a year in the spring term.

 

Chinese Minor

There are 3 options:

Option A (23 credits)

1. Two years of the Chinese language (20 credits)

2. One Chinese literature or culture course from EALL (3 credits)

Option B (19 credits)

1. One year of the Chinese language (10 credits)

2. Three China-related courses from EALL, which must include one basic course on traditional Chinese culture (CHIN 1090 “Great Minds of China” or CHIN 1091 “Encountering Modern China” (9 credits)

Option C (18 credits)

A total of six China-related courses. At least four of these courses must be taken in EALL. The remaining two China-related courses may be taken from other departments. Below is a list of sample courses that satisfy this requirement. Contact the Academic Advisor for Chinese Majors if you don't know if a course can count toward fulfilling this requirement.

course description term
ECON 1630 Economic Development of China (SPRING)
HA A 1605 Ancient Chinese Art (FALL)
HAA 0620 Art of China (FALL)
HAA 0690 Chinese Landscape Painting (FALL)
HAA 1640 20th Century Chinese Art (SPRING)
HIST 0401 Modern East Asian Civilization (SPRING)
HIST 1422 Late Imperial China (FALL)
HIST 0755 Religion in Asia (cross-listed with Religious Studies 0505) (SPRING)
MUSIC 0354 Chinese Performance Literature (SPRING)
PS 1523 East Asia in World Politics (SPRING)