We regularly offer four levels of instruction in Modern Chinese (Mandarin), designed to enable students to become proficient in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as introductory and intermediate courses in Classical Chinese. Independent study (CHIN 497, 498) may be offered depending on student needs and available resources. Our Chinese language courses employ some of the most up-to-date and innovative teaching materials and methods available. Extensive use is made of audio and video materials, as well as of advanced technology such as digital video, satellite broadcasts, and computer materials. The relationship between language and culture, the sociolinguistically appropriate use of language, and differences between the standard spoken and standard written languages are stressed throughout.
We also offer courses on both traditional and modern Chinese literature in translation for those students who wish to become acquainted with the major achievements in Chinese literary and intellectual history. Students are encouraged to take courses in Chinese area studies — such as art, economics, history, political science, and religion — that will complement their language courses. Students are also encouraged to spend one or both semesters of their junior year in study abroad in a Chinese-speaking country. Finally, they are cordially invited to join us for the weekly Chinese language table.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic: the Chinese and Japanese programs have decided it would be best to reduce the number of courses required for their respective majors to nine for the graduating classes of 21, 22, and 23. Requirements are as follows:
Eight semesters of Chinese or Japanese language (at least four of them should be 300-level or higher). For Chinese one additional course, Chinese 312 (Classical Chinese) is required. In Japanese, one faculty-approved elective is also required.
For students with higher language proficiency who are placed out of any of the core language courses (101 through 402), they can take an equal number of faculty-approved electives taught either in Chinese or Japanese or English on literature, linguistics, culture studies or related China or Japanese studies disciplines (e.g., art history, history, political science) to fulfill the core language requirement.
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