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

Option 1: Language Track Requirement: 5 Courses

  • 3-4 language courses, 2 of which at the 300 level or above*
  • 1-2 corresponding literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above.

Option 2: Literature Track Requirement: 5 Courses

  • 2 language courses*
  • 2-3 corresponding literature/culture courses at the 100 level or above. Courses must be taken in AMES.
  • Students may take 1 at large literature/culture course. Courses must be taken in AMES. 

* NOTE: Elementary level courses (100 level ) may not count toward the major or the minor. Students whose competence in a language exceeds the most advanced level offered by the department may substitute  literature/culture courses for language courses.

For additional information, or to schedule a placement test, please contact the Director of the Chinese Language Program Professor Kunshan Carolyn Lee (kslee@duke.edu).

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