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Chinese: Major

Meet and Greet: Plan to join us for an informal meeting between our new advisor, Stephen Luft, and Chinese majors: Wednesday, September 4, 2013, between 3:30 and 6:00, room 113B Old Engineering Hall.

 

 

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.
  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

30 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


II. Chinese Literature and Culture

13 credits to be chosen from the following. One course must be on traditional Chinese culture (e.g., CHIN 1090 or CHIN 0070) and one course must be on modern China (e.g., CHIN 1091).

"Directed Writing for Majors", CHIN 1908, is a 1-credit course for which majors must take in conjunction with one of the courses in this category, with the exception of CHIN 1030, CHIN 1031, CHIN 1040, and CHIN 1041, to complete the University's "W" requirement.

course description credit
CHIN 0070 Exploring China from Roots to Blooms 3
CHIN 0081 East Asia in the World 3
CHIN 0082 Hong Kong Cinema 3
CHIN 0084 Self, Place, Community in Modern China 3
CHIN 0085 Revolution, Involution, and Identity in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (NEW FOR FALL OF 2012) 3
CHIN 1040 Literary Chinese 1: Classical 3
CHIN 1041 Literary Chinese 2: Classical 3
CHIN 1047 Chinese and Western Poetry 3
CHIN 1065 Sources on East Asia 3
CHIN 1070 Love and Power 3
CHIN 1071 Saints East and West 3
CHIN 1072 Law and Literature in China 3
CHIN 1082 20th Century Chinese Art 3
CHIN 1083 Masterpieces in Chinese Literature: Pre-modern 3
CHIN 1084 Masterpieces in Chinese Literature and Film 3
CHIN 1085 Introduction to East Asian Cinema 3
CHIN 1086 Love in Chinese and Western Literature 3
CHIN 1087 Introduction to Chinese Narrative 3
CHIN 1088 New Chinese Cinema 3
CHIN 1089 The World of China 3
CHIN 1090 Great Minds of China 3
CHIN 1562 Confucianism: Basic Texts 3

 

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)