Chinese Program

Chinese Program Courses

The Chinese program offers three levels of Chinese language courses and a variety of courses on Chinese literature.

    ASIA190 Chinese Martial Arts Novels and Film

    Chinese Martial Arts in Literature and Film is an introduction to the wuxia, or martial arts, genre in Chinese literature, film and culture. This introductory level course aims to develop a general knowledge of Chinese culture through reading Chinese martial arts novels and watching Chinese martial arts films, to appreciate some of the general features of Chinese literature, film and popular culture in a comparative context, and to acquire greater facility in reading and discussing texts, textual or audio-visual, “as literature.”

    The course will be taught in English and the readings are also translated into English. 

    CHIN 110 Elementary Chinese I

    An introduction to spoken and written Mandarin Chinese, this course addresses the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and includes an introduction to Chinese culture.

    CHIN 120 Elementary Chinese II (FL)

    An introduction to spoken and written Mandarin Chinese, this course continues development of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and includes an introduction to Chinese culture. Prerequisite: CHIN 110 or the equivalent.

    CHIN 210 Intermediate Chinese I

    A continuation of CHIN 120 Elementary Chinese II. The course follows the functional approach to language learning in stressing the students’ ability to communicate effectively in a broad range of everyday situations. Our goals are to develop students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in intermediate Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 120 or the equivalent.

    CHIN 220 Intermediate Chinese II

    A continuation of CHIN 210 Intermediate Chinese I. The course follows the functional approach to language learning in stressing the students’ ability to communicate effectively in a broad range of everyday situations. Our goals are to develop student’s’ listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in intermediate Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 210 or the equivalent.

    CHIN 310 Advanced Chinese I

    A continuation of CHIN 220 Intermediate Chinese II. The course aims to improve the abilities of oral and written expression and listening and reading comprehension. The goal is to function as a bridge to authentic Chinese texts. Prerequisite: CHIN 220 or equivalent.

    CHIN 320 Advanced Chinese II

    A continuation of CHIN 310 Advanced Chinese I. The course aims to improve the abilities of oral and written expression and listening and reading comprehension. The goal is to function as a bridge to authentic Chinese texts. Prerequisite: CHIN 310 or equivalent.

    CHIN 351 Survey of Chinese Literature (to 1911) (LS, W2)

    An overview of the most important literary figures and works in Chinese literary history from its origins to 1911 as reflections of the various cultural periods that produced them. The broader cultural context of each dynasty, such as its social history, philosophy, and art, is stressed. The course is taught in English and the readings are also translated into English. Cross-listed as LITR 251.

    CHIN 352 Survey of Chinese Literature (since 1911) (LS, W2)

    An overview of Chinese literature from the May Fourth Movement in 1911 to the present. The course is taught in English and the readings are also translated into English. CHIN 351 is not a prerequisite. Cross-listed as LITR 252.

    CHIN 395 Topics in Chinese Literature (LS, W2)

    This course explores various genres, movements, literary periods or topics in Chinese literature. Topics may include gender and sexuality, film studies, late imperial fiction and literature during the republican period. This course is taught in English and the readings are also translated into English. This course may be repeated for credit. Cross-listed as LITR 295.