Chinese Minor

A minor in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies with a Chinese concentration is available via two options: the language track and the literature track

NOTE: Students whose competence in a language exceeds the most advanced language course offered by the department may substitute for literature/culture courses in their area of concentration. Please contact language coordinators to schedule a placement test.  

Option 1: Language Track Requirement: 5 Courses

  • 3 to 4 language courses above the elementary level
  • 2 of the language courses must be at the 300 level
  • 1 to 2 literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above*

Option 2: Literature Track Requirement: 5 Courses

  • 2 language courses above the elementary level
  • 1 to 2 Chinese literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above*
  • 1 to 2 non-Chinese AMES literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above*

* NOTE: only courses taken in one of Duke campuses could be counted towards the literature/culture requirement

Example Course Plan for Students Taking Advanced-level Chinese

The language track
For Regular Track students; those raised in homes where non-Chinese language was spoken:
CHINESE 305—Advanced Chinese I
CHINESE 306—Advanced Chinese II
CHINESE 407S—Chinese Language and Society I
CHINESE 408S—Chinese Language and Society II
AMES 431—Modern Chinese Cinema
or any other AMES course on Chinese literature/culture

The language track
For Alterative Track students; those raised in homes where Chinese was spoken:
CHINESE 333—Advanced Literacy in Chinese
CHINESE 334—Issues in Modern Chinese
CHINESE 435S—Selected Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature I
CHINESE 436S—Selected Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature II
AMES 431—Modern Chinese Cinema
or any other AMES course on Chinese literature/culture

The literature track
CHINESE 333—Advanced Literacy in Chinese
CHINESE 334—Issues in Modern Chinese
AMES 233—Global Chinese Cities through Literature and Film
AMES 431—Modern Chinese Cinema
or any other AMES course on Chinese literature/culture
and
any other AMES course on areas and cultures beyond China