Chinese (CHIN)

The Chinese language major students will possess proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Intermediate-High level or above as well as metalinguistic and intercultural awareness of the use of Chinese language in different social milieus.

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Typical First Year Schedule

Fall
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • CHIN 111*
  • GE/Elective**
  • GE/Elective
Interim
  • GE/Elective
Spring
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • CHIN 112*
  • GE/Elective**
  • GE/Elective
Additional Information

*Assumes that the individual has no prior experience in Chinese; higher coursework can be taken if prerequisites are met.

**Potential majors ideally should take at least one non-language course related to China or Asia in their first year. Please see the department’s online list of approved available courses.

Potential majors can enroll in both 100-level and 200-level non-language courses related to Asia or China. Please see the department’s online list of approved available courses.

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK/PLACEMENT
  • One elective credit is given for a score of 4 or 5 on AP Chinese, a score of 5-7 on IB, or an A on Cambridge A-Level. To fulfill the FOL requirement, students must successfully complete either CHN 231 or above [score of 4] or CHN 301 or above [score of 5].
  • Credit for transfer courses or other programs are done in consultation with the Registrar, the Chinese Program Director and the Asian Studies Department Chair.
Placement
  • Students are encouraged to follow their language placement results provided by the department and found on the Student Information System (SIS).
  • Students needing placement help should contact the Chinese Program Director, Professor Ka Wong (wongk@stolaf.edu) or Professor Ying Zhou (zhou1@stolaf.edu).
Informational Events

The Asian Studies Dept. hosts an informational event outlining Asian Studies and the study of Chinese and Japanese at St Olaf College in late September in conjunction with Confucius’ Birthday. An email invitation will be sent to all those who express interest or are in Asian Studies classes fall term.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Director, Chinese – Ka Wong (wongk@stolaf.edu)