B.A. Program

The Joint Major in Linguistics and Chinese

The successful completion of four courses in Mandarin Chinese (24 credits): CHINESE 125, 246, 326, and 327, or the equivalent. At least 12 courses distributed between Linguistics and Chinese, as follows:

Linguistics courses:
201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory
401 Introduction to Syntax
402 Speech Sounds and Structure

Three of the following:
404 Field Methods
411 Introduction to Language Acquisition
412 Language Processing and the Brain
414 Introductory Phonetics for Linguists
503 Intermediate Syntax
505 Introduction to Historical Linguistics
510 Introduction to Semantics

Chinese courses:
375 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics
450 Elementary Classical Chinese

Three courses from the following group, at least one of which must be CHINESE 575, 576, or 577:
575 Syntactic Structures of Chinese
576 History of the Chinese Language
577 Chinese Dialectology
426 Advanced Modern Chinese I
427 Advanced Modern Chinese II
432 Media Chinese
433 Business Chinese
451 Intermediate Classical Chinese

One of the following:
140 Chinese Script
150 Peoples and Languages of China
153 Literature: Poetry
154 Literature: Tales, Short Stories, Novels
241 Contemporary Chinese Literature
HISTORY 114 Chinese Civilization: Ancient Origins to the End of the Mongol Era
HISTORY 115 Chinese Civilization: Early Modern to the Present

Junior Year Writing requirement:
All majors must complete the Junior Year Writing requirement in either department. The departmental website lists courses that satisfy the requirement. The course need not be taken in the junior year.


Common requirements for all majors:
A grade of C or better must be earned in any course used to satisfy major requirements.


College of Humanities and Fine Arts requirement:

  • Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.


See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about College requirements.


University Graduation requirements:

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about University graduation requirements, including General Education requirements.