Chinese Major

Requirement: 10 Courses

Of the 10 courses (at least 10 credits), 8 must be at the 200 level or above. These courses should be distributed as follows:

Chinese Language Courses: 3 to 6 Courses

  • All must be above the elementary level
  • 2 of these must be at the 300 level or above
  • Language courses at the 100 level will not count toward the major
  • Must be taken from the appropriate Chinese Language Track:
    • Regular Track: For students raised in homes where non-Chinese language was spoken
    • Alternative Track: For students raised in homes where Chinese was spoken

Chinese Literature/Culture Courses: 4 to 7 Courses

  • Distribution of courses: at least one course at the 100 level, at least 1 course at the 200-300 level, and at least one course at the 400 level and above  (each course must equal one credit)
  • 3 of these must be taken in AMES 
  • Students may count 1-2 AMES courses dealing with other literature and cultures toward their majors. All courses have to be at the 100-level and above

Senior portfolio


Example of a Course Plan for Students Taking Intermediate-level Chinese:

Language Courses Regular Track
CHINESE 203—Intermediate Chinese I
CHINESE 204—Intermediate Chinese II
CHINESE 305—Advanced Chinese I
CHINESE 306—Advanced Chinese II

Language Courses Alternative Track
CHINESE 131—Literacy in Chinese I
CHINESE 232—Literacy in Chinese II
CHINESE 333—Advanced Literacy in Chinese
CHINESE 334—Issues in Modern Chinese

Literature and Culture Courses
AMES 233—Global Chinese Cities through Literature and Film
AMES 232S—Chinese Literature and Culture in Translation
AMES 431—Modern Chinese Cinema
AMES 535—Chinese Media and Pop Culture
ARTHIST 295—Chinese Art 1900 to Present
ENGLISH 275S—Asian American Literature
PHIL 263—Chinese Philosophy
RELIGION 247—T'ai Chi and Chinese Thought
SES 215FS—The Politics of Language

Literature and Culture Courses Outside of Concentration

AMES 410S—Trauma and Space in Asia