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Bachelor of Arts in Chinese
In the Chinese major, students combine advanced language work with the study of Chinese linguistics and literature. The goal of the major is to produce students who are not only highly proficient in the language, but also have the capacity to work between languages and cultures. This kind of translingual and transcultural competence demands the ability to think critically about the Chinese language and about cultural products that use it as a medium; the study of linguistics gives students the tools to reflect on the form and function of the language, and the study of literature provides ways of appreciating and analyzing in cultural context what the Chinese have written over time. The major is designed for those who plan to eventually pursue China or Taiwan-oriented careers in the public and private sectors and the academy, as well as those who wish to explore and enjoy the Chinese language as a medium of social and cultural meaning.
Students must complete a minimum of 34 credit hours, including::
Language Skills Courses
- Chinese 301-302 (or 303*) Third-Level Mandarin (4-4 [or 8]) (Pre: 202)
- Chinese 401-402 (or 404*) Fourth-Level Mandarin (4-4 [or 8]) (Pre: 302)
- CHN 461 Introduction to Classical Chinese (3) (Pre: 302 or consent)
Basic Survey Courses
(6 credits, with at least one course taken from each of the following two groups)
- EALL 361 Chinese Literature: Ancient (3) (Pre: One DH or DL)
- EALL 362 Chinese Literature: Pre-Modern (3) (Pre: One DH or DL)
- EALL 363B,C* 20th-Century Chinese Literature and Culture (3,3) (Pre: One DH or DL)
- EALL 364 20th-Century Chinese Literature by Chinese Women (3) (Pre: One DH or DL) (Cross-listed as WS 346, ASAN 364)
- EALL 365B,C* Traditional Chinese Fiction in Translation (3,3) (Pre: One DH or DL)
- EALL 366 The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Visual Media (3) (Pre: One DH or DL course)
- EALL 473 Chinese Diaspora and Visual Media (3) (Pre: any 300- or 400-level DL or DH course) (Cross-listed as ASAN 473)
- EALL 474 Transnational Chinese Popular Culture (3) (Pre: any 300- or 400-level DL or DH course) (Cross-listed as ASAN 474)
- EALL 476 Perspectives on Chinese Cinema (3) (Pre: One DH or DL course)
- Chinese 311-312 Mandarin Conversation (3-3) (Pre: 202)
- Chinese 331, 332 Web-Based Advanced Chinese Listening and Writing (3, 3) (Pre: 301 or concurrent)
- Chinese 411-412 Advanced Mandarin Conversation (3-3) (Pre: 302)
- Chinese 421B, C Chinese Translation (3) (Pre: 402)
- Chinese 441 Web-Based Fourth Year Reading and Writing: Advanced Topics I (3) (Pre: 401 or concurrent)
- Chinese 451, 452 Structure of Chinese (3,3) (Pre: 202)
- Chinese 455 Chinese Pragmatics and Discourse (3) (Pre: 202)
- Chinese 456 Chinese Semantics and Communication (3) (Pre: 402)
- Chinese 470 Language and Culture of China (3) (Pre: 401)
- Chinese 485, 486 Selected Readings in Chinese (3, 3) (Pre: 402)
- Chinese 487B,C,D Readings in 20th Century Chinese Literature (3) (Pre: 485 or 486)
- Chinese 491 Oral Fluency Through Chinese Films (3) (Pre: 402)
- Prerequisites for all Chinese courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. They may also be waived with the consent of the instructor.
- All courses must be taken for a letter grade, and each must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better in order to be applicable toward the fulfillment of one’s major requirements.
- Hyphenated sequences of courses (e.g., Chn 311-312) must be taken in the listed order.
- At least 17 of the 34 required credits must be taken within the University of Hawaii system, or else through a study abroad or exchange program administered by an official University of Hawaii organ (e.g., the Study Abroad Center, the Center for Chinese Studies, etc.).
- All Chinese majors are required to consult with the Student Adviser (Moore 378) prior to registering for each semester. Also, all students contemplating application into our graduate program are advised to discuss their plans with the Student Adviser.
- Continuing students who wish to declare a Chinese major may download a declaration of major form. Review the instructions on the form carefully.