Frequently Asked Questions
A succinct overview of the Chinese department program is provided in the For Prospective Students page. Responses to questions about specific departmental practices and policies are listed below.
Do you teach simplified or traditional script?
I’m a native speaker. Do I need to take the Chinese Placement Exam?
Can I audit Chinese language courses?
Can I take language classes using credit/no credit grading?
What’s the difference between Chin 3xx and LitC 3xx?
Can courses I took at a different school count towards the language requirement for a Chinese major or minor?
The Chinese department accepts transfer credits for first- through third-year modern Chinese courses taken at other accredited institutions. Students will still be required to take Reed’s Chinese placement exam in order to determine which language course at Reed would be the best fit.
The Chinese department can also accept transfer credits for upper-level literature, media, and film courses taken at other accredited institutions so long as those courses fulfill the following requirements:
- Courses must be taught in Chinese literature departments by literature faculty. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the chair.
- Courses may not be introductory-level and/or survey courses. They must require reading of primary and/or secondary source documents (therefore, courses that use only or primarily textbooks are not eligible) and have a substantial written component.
- Courses taken online must require some kind of participatory element. Examples may include forum or blog posts or virtual discussion sections.
- Courses may not replicate classes taken at Reed.
Transfer credit forms need to be approved by the department chair. When requesting approval, please provide the following information: Course Number, Title, and Instructor; Reading List (if available) or Syllabus to demonstrate that reading, writing, and participatory elements meet departmental criteria.
How do I declare a major or minor in Chinese?
To declare a Chinese major, students should complete a Declaration of major form and meet with a Chinese faculty member, who will discuss curricular expectations of majoring in Chinese and sign the form. The department website contains further details on requirements for the Chinese major.
To declare a minor, students should complete the Declaration of Minor form and submit it to the registrar’s office. This form requires approval from both the academic adviser and from a faculty member in the minor field to indicate that the curricular expectations of the minor have been explained and discussed with the student.