Chinese Department

中文系

2022-2023 Chinese Courses

The Chinese Department offers courses in Chinese language and in Chinese literature, media, and film, both in translation and the original.

All Chinese literature, media, and film courses are taught in English and are cross-listed as Chinese (Chin) and Literature (LitC). If you would like the opportunity to work with course materials in the original Chinese, you should enroll under the Chin designation and expect to take part in additional one-hour meeting weekly to read, discuss, and translate course-related materials with your professor and your peers. 

A full list of courses offered by the Chinese department can be found here. All classes are in-person unless otherwise specified. 

Fall Courses

Chin 110 - First-Year Chinese

Hyong Rhew - M/T/W/Th/F 11:00-11:50 a.m. OR 12:00-12:50 p.m.

Two-unit yearlong course; one unit per semester. A beginner’s course in standard (Mandarin) modern spoken and written Chinese, aimed at building a solid foundation in all its aspects: pronunciation (especially the tones), syntax, and basic vocabulary. Attention is given to a balanced development of all the basic skills of the language: listening and reading comprehension, speaking, and writing. Pinyin is the romanization system used in this and all other Chinese language courses. Both the traditional and simplified characters are taught. Students are expected to read both and write one of the two versions. Lecture-conference.

Chin 210 - Second-Year Chinese

Jing Jiang - M/T/W/Th/F 12:00-12:50 p.m.

Two-unit yearlong course; one unit per semester. This course is designed to build the skills of students who have studied at least one year of Chinese (or equivalent) to achieve intermediate-level proficiency in the oral and written use of the language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Emphasis in the course will be placed on learning to recognize and reproduce the natural flow of the spoken language, expanding vocabulary, and learning to write short essays in Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese 110 or acceptance through placement test. Lecture-conference.

Chin 311 - Third-Year Chinese

Jinhui Wu - M/W/F 12:00-12:50 p.m.

One-unit semester course. This course is designed for students who have completed at least two years of Chinese language (or equivalent). The course will focus on student acquisition of near-native fluency in spoken Chinese, competence in reading a variety of contemporary texts (with a dictionary), and employment of different registers and genres of Chinese in students’ writing. Prerequisite: Chinese 210 or acceptance through placement test. Conference.

Chin 334/Lit C - The Yijing: Text and Tradition of the Book of Changes

Hyong Rhew - M/W/F 13:40-14:30 p.m.

One-unit semester course. The Yijing, or Book of Changes, is a text of limitless possibilities. This course explores various strategies of reading the text and examines philosophical, religious, historical, and literary critical implications of the text and the tradition associated with it. The system and the language of the 64 hexagrams and various layers of attached verbalization are the focus of investigation. Readings are in English. Students who take the course for Chinese credit meet for additional tutoring to read parts of the text in the original. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor; for students enrolling in Chinese credit, Chinese 210 or equivalent. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 334.

Chin 412 - Selected Topics in Chinese Literature

Jinhui Wu - M/W/F 2:40-3:30 p.m.

One-unit semester course. Topics vary, selected from Chinese literature. Readings and instruction in Chinese. Prerequisite: third-year level of Chinese proficiency. Conference. May be repeated for credit.

Spring Courses

Chin 110 - First-Year Chinese

Jinhui Wu - M/T/W/Th/F 11:00-11:50 a.m. OR 12:00-12:50 p.m.

Two-unit yearlong course; one unit per semester. A beginner’s course in standard (Mandarin) modern spoken and written Chinese, aimed at building a solid foundation in all its aspects: pronunciation (especially the tones), syntax, and basic vocabulary. Attention is given to a balanced development of all the basic skills of the language: listening and reading comprehension, speaking, and writing. Pinyin is the romanization system used in this and all other Chinese language courses. Both the traditional and simplified characters are taught. Students are expected to read both and write one of the two versions. Lecture-conference.

Chin 210 - Second-Year Chinese

Jing Jiang - M/T/W/Th/F 12:00-12:50 p.m.

Two-unit yearlong course; one unit per semester. This course is designed to build the skills of students who have studied at least one year of Chinese (or equivalent) to achieve intermediate-level proficiency in the oral and written use of the language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Emphasis in the course will be placed on learning to recognize and reproduce the natural flow of the spoken language, expanding vocabulary, and learning to write short essays in Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese 110 or acceptance through placement test. Lecture-conference.

Chin 312 - Advanced Chinese

Jing Jiang - M/W/F 1:40-2:30 p.m.

One-unit semester course. Topics vary, selected from Chinese literature, journalistic writing, essays, and contemporary prose. Readings and instruction in Chinese. Prerequisite: third-year level of Chinese proficiency or equivalent, or instructor approval. Conference.

Chin 316 - Classical Chinese

Hyong Rhew - M/W/F 11:00-11:50 a.m.

One-unit semester course. Intensive introduction to the grammar of classical Chinese through the study of selections from ancient literary, historical, and philosophical texts. Readings include the Analects, Mencius, Zhuangzi, Shiji, and Tang-Song prose essays. Conducted in Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese 210 or equivalent. Conference.

Chin 330/LitC 330 - Chinese Ghost Stories and Supernatural Tales

Jinhui Wu - T/Th 3:10-4:30 p.m.

One-unit semester course. Powerful spirits, vengeful ghosts, and monstrous creatures—stories of oddities abound in Chinese literature. In this class, students will explore mythologies, tales of the strange, novels of deities and demons in translation and explore Chinese conceptions of the body and soul(s), the afterlife, and the relationship between the living and the dead. Materials will include original stories in translation, scholarly works, and modern re-interpretations of these tales in film and other media. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor; for students enrolling in Chinese credit, Chinese 210 or equivalent. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 330.

Chin 374/LitC 374 - Reading Early Chinese Novels: The Four Masterworks

Jing Jiang - T/Th 10:30-11:50 a.m.

One-unit semester course. This course explores the development of the novel as an artistic literary form in late imperial China by introducing students to representative novels from the Ming dynasty (fourteenth through seventeenth century), particularly the “four masterworks” (四大奇書) including Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三國志通俗演義), Outlaws of the Marsh (水滸傳), Journey to the West (西遊記), and Jin Ping Mei (金瓶梅). Through reading poetry, drama, short story, and commentary alongside selected chapters of the novels, we will discuss how these works creatively appropriate motifs, conventions, and character types from China’s long narrative tradition. Close textual analyses of the primary readings will be supplemented by critical and theoretical readings to support our interpretations and allow us to assess current scholarly approaches to the study of early modern Chinese fiction. We will also examine adaptations of these monumental novels in a variety of other literary genres and artistic media to appreciate their long-lasting cultural influences across East Asia. All readings are available in translation. Students taking the course for Chinese credit will meet for an additional hour of reading in the original language. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor; for students enrolling in Chinese credit, Chinese 210 or equivalent. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 374.