Chinese Department

中文系

Chinese Major

The Chinese major is intended for students who wish to develop an advanced level of proficiency with the Chinese language, a deep understanding of the literary and cultural traditions of classical, modern, and contemporary China, and familiarity with the linguistic tools and methodological approaches used to study them. Over their course of study, Chinese majors are trained to pursue critical inquiry into topics of their own interest, and to design and undertake intellectual projects of various degrees of complexity from inception through completion, culminating in the Senior Thesis. More detail about the Chinese Major can be found under Learning Outcomes.

Requirements

  • A minimum of five units at the 300 and 400 levels, including one unit of third-year Chinese, one unit of classical Chinese, and one unit of either classical Chinese literature or modern and contemporary Chinese literature.
  • Humanities 231 and 232—Foundations of Chinese Civilization.
  • A minimum of one unit in Chinese history, Chinese art history, Chinese anthropology, or Chinese religious thought, to be taken in the relevant departments.
  • Chinese 470—thesis.

Recommended but not required

  • An additional unit in Chinese history, Chinese art history, Chinese anthropology, or Chinese religious thought.
  • Any other Asia-related course that the college may offer.