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Chinese Courses

Placement examinations are required for new students who have exposure to Chinese, either through formal course work or through informal conversation. Native speakers of Chinese or students whose competence in the language already exceeds the scope of the material may not enroll in Chinese-language courses.

  • 101, 102, 103 First-Year Chinese (5 credits each) Provides thorough grounding in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis on aural-oral skills. For students with no background in Mandarin Chinese.
  • 150 Introduction to the Chinese Novel (4 credits) Introduction to one long or several short novels. Focuses on plot, character, cultural difference. No background in Chinese necessary; taught in English.
  • 151 Introduction to Chinese Film (4 credits) Introduction to fifth-generation films by directors Zhang Yimou, Hu Mei, and Chen Kaige. Discussion focuses on family, gender, cultural difference. No background in Chinese necessary; English subtitles.
  • 152 Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture (4 credits) Introduction to popular Chinese cultures in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States. Discussion focuses on religion, literature, art, and media.
  • 196 Field Studies: [Topic] (1-2 credits).
  • 198 Workshop: [Topic] (1-2 credits).
  • 199 Special Studies: [Topic] (1-5 credits).
  • 201, 202, 203 Second-Year Chinese (5 credits each) Training in aural-oral skills designed to build listening comprehension and fluency. Development of proficiency in written Chinese. Prereq: one year of Chinese or equivalent.
  • 301, 302, 303 Third-Year Chinese (5 credits each) Continued training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Prereq: two years of Chinese or equivalent.
  • 305, 306, 307 History of Chinese Literature (4 credits each) Survey ranging from early Confucian and Daoist classics through Tang and Song poetry, short fiction and novels, the 1919 May Fourth Movement writers, and into the contemporary period. Readings in English.
  • 308 Literature of Modern Taiwan (4 credits) Surveys the literature of Taiwan from the postwar era to the present. Discussion focuses on national identity, gender, class, modernization, and globalization. Taught in English.
  • 350 Gender and Sexuality in Traditional Chinese Literature(4 credits) Primary and secondary works about women, sexuality, and changing gender roles in traditional China. Readings in English.
  • 351 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese Literature (4 credits) Primary and secondary works about women, sexuality, and changing gender roles in republican, socialist, and post-Mao China. Readings in English.
  • 380 Self and Society in Traditional Chinese Literature (4 credits)Examines the role of the self in premodern Chinese society through reading some of the most important works in traditional Chinese literature. Taught in chinese. Rereq: proficiency in modern Chinese as confirmed by instructor.
  • 381 City in Chinese Literature and Film (4 credits) Examines urbanization and urban culture in Chinese literature and film. Instruction in Chinese. Prereq: fluency in spoken and written Chinese. Offered alternate years.
  • 399 Special Studies: [Topic] (1-5 credits) Topic varies from term to term. R for maximum of 12 credits.
  • 401 Research: [Topic] (1-4 credits).
  • 403 Thesis (1-6 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent. R for maximum of 6 credits. Departmental honors students only.
  • 405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1-21 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent.
  • 406 Field Studies: [Topic] (1-21 credits).
  • 407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (1-4 credits) Studies and projects in Chinese literature, linguistics, or pedagogy. Sources are in Chinese, English, or both. R when topic changes.
  • 408/508 Workshop: [Topic] (1-21 credits).
  • 409 Supervised Tutoring (1-4 credits) P/N only. Prereq: instructor’s consent. R for maximum of 18 credits.
  • 410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1-5 credits) Repeatable
  • 411/511, 412/512 Fourth-Year Chinese (4,4 credits) Study of contemporary Chinese using written and spoken forms. Prereq: three years of Chinese or instructor’s consent.
  • 413/513 Modern Chinese Texts: [Topic] (4 credits) Readings and discussion in Chinese of Chinese modern literary and cultural texts. Topics change yearly. R once, with instructor’s consent and when topic changes, for maximum of 8 credits.
  • 420/520,421/521,422/522 Intermediate Language Strategies (4 credits each)Focuses on group and individual language study that is typically correlated with a specific content course concerning China or other Chinese-speaking areas. Prereq: third-year Chinese language proficiency.
  • 423/523 Issues in Early Chinese Literature (4 credits) Explores scholarship on and questions raised about early Chinese literary forms; examines the notions of history and narrative. Prereq: instructor’s consent.
  • 424/524 Issues in Medieval Chinese Literature (4 credits) Explores scholarship on and questions raised about Chinese poetry and its characteristics. Prereq: instructor’s consent.
  • 425/525 Issues in Modern Chinese Literature (4 credits) Explores scholarship on and questions raised about modern Chinese literature and culture; includes realism, modernism, gender, and literary form. Prereq: instructor’s consent.
  • 436/536, 437/537 Literary Chinese (4 credits each) Readings in various styles and genres of classical Chinese literature; stress on major works of different periods. Preparation for research.
  • 438/538 Literary Chinese Texts: [Topic] (4 credits) Focus on a theme in classical Chinese texts. Topics change yearly. R once for maximum of 8 credits.
  • 439/539 Chinese Academic Writing¬†(4 credits) Expansion of skills in formal written Chinese to communicate with native speakers about thoughts and professional knowledge. Prereq: CHN420/520. Repeatable when topic changes.
  • 445/545 Advanced Chinese: [Topic] (5 credits) Focuses on group and individual language study on a specific topic, such as cultural geography of China, religious studies, or business. Prereq: CHN 411, 412, 413, 421 or fourth-year Chinese language proficiency. Repeatable when topics change.
  • 450/550 Chinese Bibliography (2 credits) Reference works in Chinese studies covering Western sinology, major sources in Chinese, and training in research methods. Prereq: two years of Chinese or instructor’s consent.
  • 452/552 Chinese Film and Theory (4 credits) Examines Chinese film and film theory. Focuses on Chinese film in cultural debate and in the international film arena. Prereq: instructor’s consent.
  • 480/580 Chinese Linguistics (4 credits) Introduces students to various linguistic levels of Chinese; covers basic concepts and methodologies of linguistic analysis, including the relationship between language structure, culture, and cognition.
  • 481/581 Pedagogical Grammar of Chinese (4 credits) Introduces students to theoretically grounded pedagogical approaches to Chinese as a foreign language. Topics include theoretical models, tones, characters, morphology, syntactic construction, and discourse pragmatics.
  • 482/582 History of the Chinese Language (4 credits) Introduction to the various stages of the historical development of the Chinese language family. Offered alternate years.
  • 503 Thesis (1-6 credits) P/N only.
  • 601 Research: [Topic] (1-10 credits) P/N only.
  • 603 Dissertation (1-16 credits) P/N only.
  • 605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1-16 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent. R as student projects warrant.
  • 606 Field Studies: [Topic] (1-16 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent.
  • 607 Seminar
  • 609 Practicum: [Topic] (1-4 credits) Prereq: instructor’s consent. R for maximum of 18 credits.