Chinese Courses

*There is currently an error on the cap of CHIN0001 lecture, which we are working to fix. While the cap shows up as 25, the course normally accommodates 70 students (and there are five sections for students to choose from). It might take some days for the registrar's office to fix this. In the meantime, we are happy (and have in fact have space) to accommodate any students interested in CHIN0001. Students can write to Dr. Stephen Luft ( or administrator Paula ( to request a permission number to register. 


We have a diverse and balanced curriculum of courses in cultural studies, thought systems, literary masterpieces, and cinema. Those courses will equip students with knowledge of both ancient and modern China, which they will find very useful whether they wish to communicate with people on the other side of the globe or pursue a career path that is related to this country that boasts one of the longest cultural histories in the world.

Language classes are divided into two components—lecture (fact class) and recitation (act class). In lecture class, students learn about grammar and key patterns for usage. They are then asked to apply their knowledge to practice speaking in recitation classes. The recitation class size is kept small (about a dozen or fewer students) so that students can practice using language in interactive instructional activities and simulated real-life situations. The recitation class is taught by native speakers of Chinese and use of English is not allowed.

In the first two years, class meets seven times a week, two for lecture and five for recitation. In Third Year Chinese, class meets five times a week, 2 for lecture and 3 for recitation. If you have inquires about our language program, please contact Yi Xu.

Note: If you already have a background with the Chinese language and need to be placed in one of the levels, please contact Yi Xu.

Fall 2020 (2211)

Course Description Credit
0001 First Year Chinese 1


0003 Second Year Chinese 1


0005 Chinese for Heritage Speakers 5
1009 Third Year Chinese 1 3
1040 Literary Classical Chinese 1 3
1047 Chinese and Western Poetry 3
1050 Fourth Year Chinese 1 3
1084 Masterpieces of Chinese Literature 3
1087 Intro to Chinese Narrative 3
1088 New Chinese Cinema 3
1089 World of China: Journey to the West 3
1090 Great Minds of China 3


Spring 2020 (2204) check back in September for 2214

Course Description Credit
0002 First Year Chinese 5
0004 Second Year Chinese 5
1021 Third Year Chinese 5
0081 East Asia and the World 3
0085 Revolution, Involution and Ideas 3
1033 Advanced Chinese Across Genres 3
1041 Literary Chinese 2 Classical 3
1051 Fourth Year Chinese 2 3
1059 Adapted for the Screen 3
1083 Masterpieces of Chinese Literature 3
1901 Independent Study 1-6
1908 Directed Writing for Majors 1
1999 Senior Project 3


Please refer to online listing from registrar's office for specific sections for designated faculty.
2000 Research and Thesis for MA Degree

2902 Directed Study

Please refer to online listing from registrar's office for specific sections for designated faculty.