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Chinese Major Requirements

Prerequisites (24 credits)

Chinese 126: Intensive Elementary Chinese I (Fall) 6 credits

Chinese 246: Intensive Elementary Chinese II (Spring) 6 credits

Chinese 326: Intensive Intermediate Chinese I (Fall) 6 credits

Chinese 327: Intensive Intermediate Chinese II (Spring) 6 credits

  • Chinese 126 can be replaced by a combination of Chinese 110 “Non Intensive Elementary Chinese I” and Chinese 120 “Non-Intensive Elementary Chinese II”.
  • These prerequisites can be waived by placement test.

Core Requirements (16 credits)

  1. Chinese 375: Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (Fall) 3 credits
  2. Chinese 426: Advanced Modern Chinese I (Fall) 3 credits
  3. Chinese 427: Advanced Modern Chinese II (Spring) 3 credits
  4. Chinese 450: Elementary Classical Chinese (Fall) 4 credits
  5. One course in pre-modern Chinese (see courses below marked with #) 3 credits

Advanced Electives—Select 9 Credits from among the following

Chinese 432: Media Chinese 3 credits

Chinese 433: Business Chinese 3 credits

Chinese 526: Readings in Modern Chinese Literature I 3 credits

Chinese 527: Readings in Modern Chinese Literature II 3 credits

Chinese 528: Chinese Language in Context 3 credits

Chinese 555#: Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry 3 credits

Chinese 575:  Syntactic Structures of Chinese 3 credits

Chinese 576: History of the Chinese Language 3 credits

Chinese 577: Chinese Dialectology 3 credits

Chinese 580: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language 3 credits

Chinese 581: Second Language Acquisition of Chinese 3 credits

Chinese 597D#: Confucianism 3 credits

Chinese 597F#: Chinese Political Philosophy 3 credits

Chinese 597K#: Buddhist and Taoist Literature 3 credits

Chinese 597L: Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 3 credits

Chinese 597M#: Ming-Qing Novel I 3 credits

Chinese 597P#: Traditional Chinese Drama and Performing Arts 3 credits

Chinese 597Q#: Ming-Qing Novel II 3 credits

Chinese 597TC#: Text, Commentary, and Transformation in Classical Chinese Thought 3 credits

Chinese 597V: The Art of War 3 credits

Chinese 670: Intro to Research Chinese Source Materials 4 credits

#These credits will not double count toward the required nine elective credits.


Electives—Select 6 credits from among the following

Asian Studies 375: Chinese Science Fiction in Translation 4 credits

Asian Studies 380: Self & Ethics - Great Books of Asia 4 credits

Chinese 136: Introduction to Chinese Cinema 3 credits

Chinese 138: Religion and Chinese Culture 3 credits

Chinese 140: Chinese Script 3 credits

Chinese 150: Peoples and Languages of China 3 credits

Chinese 197G: Asian Religious Traditions 3 credits

Chinese 197Q: Late Imperial Chinese Literature and Culture 3 credits

Chinese 197T: Traditional Thought and Culture in Modern China 3 credits

Chinese 241: Contemporary Chinese Literature 3 credits

Chinese 242: Chinese Vernacular Literature 3 credits

Chinese 297S: United States-China Relations - Model Embassy 3 credits

History 114: China: Origins - 1600 4 credits

History 115: China: 1600 - Present 4 credits


Integrative Experience—Select 3 credits from the following Integrative Experience Courses

Chinese 394PI: Chinese Popular Culture 3 credits

Chinese 394WI: Women in Chinese Culture 3 credits


Junior Year Writing (3 credits)

Chinese 381: Junior Year Writing 3 credits


Note - Some courses approved and occasionally taught by Chinese program faculty in EALC may not be listed here. Please consult a Chinese program advisor as needed.


Students must achieve a grade of C or better in a course for it to be counted toward the major. Students must have a minimum GPA in the major of 2.0 in order to satisfy the requirements in Chinese Language and Literature.

No pass/fail options will be accepted for those courses used toward completion of the requirements for the major. (Courses designated as mandatory pass/fail, however, may be considered for credit toward this major. Consult your advisor.)

Students who begin the major at an advanced level must take enough courses at that level to accumulate the required number of credits from the major. Double majors need to complete the junior year writing requirement in only one of their majors. Only 6 credits from other institutions within and without the 5-College consortium may be applied to this major. No more than 6 credits may be earned for the 110/120/126/127 or 246/247 sequences. 

For assistance with being directed to a Chinese Undergraduate Advisor, please contact the East Asian Languages & Cultures Program Office, Herter Hall 440.