Chinese Program

Chinese calligraphy on Chinese newspapers, by Allan Siew, CC via Flickr

Courses Offered in both Spring and Fall

Beginning Chinese

  • CHIN 1010 (4 credits)
  • CHIN 1020 (4 credits)

Intermediate Chinese

  • CHIN 2010 (4 credits)
  • CHIN 202G (4 credits)

Advanced Chinese

  • CHIN 3050 (3 credits)
  • CHIN 4050 (3 credits)

Chinese Conversation

  • CHIN 1015 (1 credit)
  • CHIN 2015 (1 credit)

Chinese Character

  • CHIN 2000 (2 credits)

Courses offered in Fall only

Business Chinese I

  • CHIN 3200 (3 credits)
  • Chinese Culture and Civilization
  • CHIN 3510 (3 credits)

Courses offered in Spring only

Business Chinese II

  • CHIN 4200 (3 credits)

Chinese Translation and Interpretation

  • CHIN 4100 (3 credits)

Courses offered in Summer only

Beginning Chinese

  • CHIN 1010 (4 credits)
  • CHIN 1020 (4 credits)

Minor in Chinese Language

Core courses 9 credits

  • CHIN 3050
  • CHIN 4050
  • CHIN 3510

Elective Courses 9 credits

  • CHIN 3200
  • CHIN 4100
  • CHIN 4200

Minor in Chinese Studies

CHST 362 G Traditional Chinese History

This course introduces the student to the broad outlines of the cultural history of traditional China from the roots of Chinese civilization (about 70,000 BCE), the earliest historical records (about 1200 BCE) up through the late imperial period (about 1644 CE). Students can might play the First Emperor, Confucius or Dschingis Khan and describe his respective contribution to Chinese history. Students will learn about the Terracotta warriors, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City etc.

CHST 363G Modern Chinese History

This course provides a broad overview on Chinese Civilization from the last Imperial Dynasty (Qing) until the present day. Students can play the Last Emperor, Mao Zedong or Deng Xiaoping and describe the respective contribution to Chinese history. Students will learn about the Empire, the Republic, the People's Republic today etc.

CHST 373G Classical Chinese Literature

This course introduces masterpieces of traditional Chinese literature (1500 BCE - 1644 CE) within the historical, cultural, thematic, and aesthetic context. We read in English translation Chinese classics, poetry of Tang and Song dynasty and the novels of late Ming dynasty. Students choose an author to identify with, present him or her in a role play, reporting his/her personal view on his/her own works and their place in history.

CHST 375G Modern Chinese Literature

This course introduces masterpieces of modern and contemporary Chinese literature (1644 CE till today) within the historical, cultural, thematic, and aesthetic context. We read in English translation Chinese short stories, poem, excerpts from novels. Students choose an author to identify with, present him or her in a role play, report his/her personal view on his/her own works and his/her place in history.

CHST 416G Chinese Culture and Film

Students screen and discuss a selection of films from internationally acclaimed Chinese directors. Students pick a film director or actor and enact him/her throughout the semester in class. They present his/her philosophy, style, works and view, and put him/her into the context of Chinese film history. Moreover, they interact with other "film directors" and exchange views.