Chinese Language and Literature Major

Students who major in Chinese Language and Literature focus on the study of Chinese language, literature, and culture, with the aim of achieving proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, including speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The major requires courses aimed at helping majors to develop a comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture through the study of literature, humanities, and social sciences. It also requires a course in either literary theory or translation.

Because proficiency in Mandarin is difficult to achieve in eight semesters, the major requires intensive study of the language through study abroad. A minimum of two semesters abroad OR one semester plus a summer of study in China or a Chinese-speaking country is required. Students may combine a formal program with a summer of independent research. Intensive study in the United States (Middlebury, Monterrey) may count toward this requirement.

Chinese Language and Literature majors who maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 in major courses and successfully complete an honors thesis will receive honors in the program.

Chinese Studies Minor

Students can minor in Chinese Studies which requires satisfactory completion of six courses numbered above Chinese 102.

Courses You Might Take

CHI 225

Crime & Detective Lit (transl)


The purpose of this course is to build on the student's knowledge of the crime and detective fiction and film in their own language(s) and extend it to the crime and detective fiction and film in the Chinese…

LIT 432

Theory & Prac Lit Translation

Cheshire, Denham, Ewington, Fache, Henke, Joubin, Kietrys

This seminar addresses theoretical and practical aspects of literary translation, underscoring translation as both a distinctive form of creative writing and a demonstration of cross-cultural and linguistic competencies. Coursework includes regular literary…

CHI 102

Elementary Chinese II

Tsai, Wu

Continuation of elementary Chinese I. The goal is to develop the students' communicative competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the elementary level.

Chinese 101.