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Chinese Language, Minor


The Chinese Language minor is designed for majors in any field who wish to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of Chinese language, culture and society. The minor in Chinese Language is to equip students with a foundation in Chinese language and culture necessary to successfully interact with Chinese people. A minor in Chinese language should open doors to a variety of career options, for example, working in a position where Chinese language skills and cultural/business knowledge are desirable, teaching at a school or working for a multinational company, or pursuing advanced studies in Chinese, Asian studies, international relations, or related disciplines. Study abroad is strongly encouraged both for language acquisition and the attainment of cultural competency.

Total Program Credits: 18

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Complete lower division Chinese courses [CHIN 1010 Beginning Chinese I LH,  CHIN 1020 Beginning Chinese II LH, CHIN  2010 Intermediate Chinese I LH, and CHIN 202G Intermediate Chinese II HH GI] or attain a similar level of language mastery through other means. Native speakers begin at the upper division level. 
Discipline Core Requirements: 9 Credits
  CHIN 3050 Advanced Chinese 3
  CHIN 351G Chinese Culture and Civilization 3
  CHIN 4050 Chinese Language and Culture GI 3
Elective Requirements:    9 Credits
In addition to the 9 core requirements, students must complete 9 hours of upper division electives from the following: 9
  CHIN 3200 Business Chinese I (3)  
  CHIN 4200 Business Chinese II (3)  
  CHIN 4100 Translation and Interpretation (3)  
  CHST 362G Traditional Chinese History GI (3)  
  CHST 363G Modern Chinese History GI (3)  
  CHST 373G Classical Chinese Literature GI (3)  
  CHST 375G Modern Chinese Literature GI (3)  
  CHST 416G Chinese Culture and Film GI (3)  
  CHIN 3100 Introduction to Classical Chinese (3)  
  CHIN 3650 Modern Chinese Literature from 1900 (3)  
  CHIN 3690 Modern China Through Film (3)  
  CHIN 4060 Topics in Grammar Usage and Style (3)  
  CHIN 412R Chinese for the Professions (3)  
  CHIN 4250 Newspaper Readings (3)  
  CHIN 4300 Selected Readings in Classical Chinese (3)  
  CHIN 4500 Advanced Writing in Chinese (3)  
  CHIN 490R Special Topics in Chinese Langauge and Literacy (3)  
  CHST 3739 Selected Readings from Pre-Qin Writings (3)  
  CHST 3650 China Transformations from 1949 (3)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. 18 (9 credits for courses and 9 credits for elective courses).

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
CHIN 3050 Advanced Chinese 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
CHIN 351G Chinese Culture and Civilization GI 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHIN 4050 Chinese Language and Culture 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHIN Elective 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
CHIN Elective 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
CHIN Elective 3
  Semester total: 3
  Degree total: 18


Languages and Cultures

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Program Details

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Have a working knowledge of Chinese grammar, morphology, and vocabulary.
  2. Attain a general knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture, society and history.
  3. Understand major aspects of Chinese culture and civilization from pre-historic times to the present.
  4. Have a basic familiarity with China’s position in and influence on world politics and economy.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to transcend the boundaries between national languages and disciplines by use of comparative and collaborative approaches to scholarship.
  6. Have a good understanding of methods and strategies for maintaining and extending their abilities in Chinese after graduation.
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