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

ART 320

Photographies in Asia

Instructor
Kyo

This seminar will examine various forms of photography from the mid-19th century to the contemporary period. We will begin by examining how photography played a key role in colonial constructions of racial, ethnic, and gender stereotypes of Asian…

ART 128

Modern and Contemp Asian Art

Instructor
Kyo

This course provides students with a general introduction to the arts of Asia from the 19th century to the present, with a special focus on China, India, Japan and Korea. We will consider such topics as the conceptual…

ENG 220

Literary Analysis

Instructor 
Churchill, Miller

Designed for potential majors. Emphasizes theoretical approaches and critical strategies for the written analysis of poetry, fiction, and drama and/or film. Writing intensive. Required for the major. Students who major in English should complete 220 by…