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Chinese Language & Culture

Chinese Language and Culture

  • Minor

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.

Curriculum Requirements

  • Requirements for a Minor in Chinese Language & Culture Program

    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 Though - 3 credits
    TH 385 Buddhism - 3 credits
    TH 380 World Religions - 3 credits

Program Highlights

Student Learning Outcomes

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.