The Chinese Language & Culture Program

The Chinese Language & Culture minor program of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages allows students to develop skills in Chinese and to broaden and deepen their understanding of one of the world’s richest cultural traditions. The department’s mission is to prepare and enable students, through the acquisition of a second language, to participate in a multilingual and multicultural world.

The Chinese language program employs a culture-based communicative approach that fosters the requisite skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing Chinese.  Cultural awareness is integrated at every level of study.

Requirements for a Minor Chinese Language & Culture 

Required Language Courses (9 credits):
CHI 204 Intermediate Chinese II - 3 credits
Choose 2 from the following courses (6 credits):
CHI 305 Advanced Chinese Conversation I - 3 credits 
CHI 306 Reading Chinese - 3 credits
CHI 307 Advanced Chinese Conversation II - 3 credits 
CHI 320 Topics in Chinese Language, Civilization or Literature (taught in Chinese) - 3 credits 

Traditional Chinese History (3 credits):
Choose one from the following courses:
HI 108 Traditional East Asian Societies - 3 credits 
HI 270 The Rise of Chinese Civilization - 3 credits

Modern Chinese History (3 credits):
Choose one from the following courses:
HI 109 Modern East Asian Societies - 3 credits
HI 208 Modern China - 3 credits
HI 209 Issues in Contemporary East Asia - 3 credits
HI 274 China and Japan in Fiction and Film - 3 credits

Elective Courses (6 credits):
Maximum of three (3) credits from one Department. Choose two (2) from the following courses:
AR 390 Non-Western Art Seminar - 3 credits 
CHI 310 Chinese Literature in Translation - 3 credits
CHI 311 Selected Readings in Chinese - 3 credits 
HI 232 Race and Ethnicity in Historical Perspective - 3 credits 
PL 303 Eastern Thought - 3 credits 
TH 385 Buddhism - 3 credits 
TH 380 World Religions - 3 credits

  • Learning Objectives

    Students who minor in Chinese have the opportunity to

    • develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese.
    • develop an awareness and appreciation of Chinese culture. 
    • engage in cross-cultural comparisons. 
    • make connections with other disciplines of study.
    • participate in multilingual communities abroad or in the U.S.