Chinese Language Courses

The following courses are offered on campus. Students are also encouraged to take Chinese language courses abroad, including through the Term in China program.

111 Beginning Chinese I
This course offers an introduction to speaking, reading, and writing Chinese, as well as mastery of basic grammar and command of 250 characters for reading and writing. Class meets four times weekly. Individual language laboratory visits are also required.

112 Beginning Chinese II
This course offers an introduction to speaking, reading, and writing Chinese, as well as mastery of basic grammar and command of 250 characters for reading and writing. Class meets four times weekly. Individual language laboratory visits are also required. Prerequisite: Chinese 111 or equivalent.

231 Intermediate Chinese I
Students continue to develop language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. comprehension and use of basic structures through speaking, and writing. The vocabulary for reading and writing increases to 750 characters. Class meets four times weekly. Individual language laboratory visits are also required. Prerequisite: Chinese 112 or equivalent.

232 Intermediate Chinese II
Students continue to develop listening and reading comprehension and use of basic structures through speaking, and writing. The vocabulary for reading and writing increases to 1,000 characters. Class meets four times weekly. Individual language laboratory visits are also required. Prerequisite: Chinese 231 or equivalent.

301 Advanced Chinese I
This course provides continued practice in speaking, reading, and writing at the third-year level. Our text introduces students to Chinese geography and history and modern written style. Conducted entirely in Chinese. These courses are recommended for students seeking a concentration in Chinese language. Prerequisite: Chinese 232 or equivalent.

302 Advanced Chinese II
This course provides continued practice in speaking, reading, and writing at the third-year level. Our text introduces students to Chinese geography and history and modern written style. Conducted entirely in Chinese. These courses are recommended for students seeking a concentration in Chinese language. Prerequisite: Chinese 251 or equivalent.

294 Internship

298 Independent Study 

320 Special Topics in Chinese
In this fourth-year-level Chinese course, students explore a specified topic or theme in language, in various text/media (literature, newspaper, television, and film), in culture/civilization, or in a combination of these, through close examination of texts (written or visual), discussion, analysis, and interpretation of selected materials. Specific topics vary by instructor and semester. May be repeated if topics are different. Taught in Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese 252 or equivalent.

351 Chinese Language and Society through the Media
This advanced Chinese language course aims to develop students’ language proficiency and introduce students to various aspects of contemporary Chinese social life and culture. Course materials include films with excerpts of written scripts, newspapers, television, and esays related to the unit topics. Classroom activities include lectures, language drills, discussions, debates, presentations, and performances. Prerequisite: Chinese 252 or permission of instructor.

394 Internship 

398 Independent Research
Students who have completed Chinese 252 are encouraged to continue their Chinese language study with faculty through individual and small group tutorials by registering for Chinese 298 or Chinese 398. Through individual tutorials students may pursue readings and projects in their area of interest.