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Undergraduate Chinese Programs
B.A. 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. See the major requirements for more information. You can also see our curriculum map and Student Learning Outcomes for the BA in Chinese here.
Minor in Chinese
The minor in Chinese requires a more directed body of coursework in Chinese language and literature. Students must take five courses for a total of fifteen credit hours from the approved course list. In the case of native speakers, they will be required to take five non-language skill courses. See the minor requirements for more information.
Certificate in Chinese
The certificate in Chinese is for those students who wish to supplement other fields of study with some basic Chinese language and culture. Students must take five courses for a total of fifteen credit hours from the approved course list. See the certificate requirements for more information.