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 301

Advanced Chinese I


Extensive reading and discussion of texts of increased difficulty, exposure to authentic Chinese materials, emphasis on expanding vocabulary, speaking and writing skills, and skills that will help further develop proficiency in Chinese.

CHI 202

CHI 228

Mod Chi Lit in Translation


This course is a survey of modern Chinese literature from around 1919 (known as the May 4th period) to the Post-Mao era.  The class functions as an introduction to modern Chinese literary works by prominent writers.

Satisfies the cultural…

CHI 401

Advanced Chinese III


Reading and discussion of modern Chinese written and verbal texts with an emphasis on developing oral and aural fluency, expanding vocabulary, deepening grammatical knowledge, and learning Chinese writing conventions.

Satisfies East Asian Studies major and minor requirement.