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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Languages & Literatures

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Chinese

Course Descriptions

This is a general guide to the courses available in Chinese. Courses may change over time, and some courses are not available some quarters. For the most up-to-date listing of available courses, log on to webCentral and view course schedules.

CHIN 1001, 1002, 1003 Elementary Chinese (4 qtr. hrs. each)
Part one of an introductory three-quarter sequence of courses in standard (Mandarin) modern Chinese, aimed at building a solid foundation in all aspects: pronunciation (especially tones), basic grammar, syntax, vocabulary and writing in characters.

CHIN 1516 Contemporary China in Literature and Film (4 qtr. hrs.)
A study of contemporary Chinese society and culture presented in literature and films. This course fulfills the common curriculum’s Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.

CHIN 2001, 2002, 2003 Intermediate Chinese (4 qtr. hrs. each)
A three quarter sequence of courses continues to build students' basic skills and to advance them to intermediate level proficiency. Prerequisite: CHIN 1003, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CHIN 2100 Advanced Intermediate Chinese (4 qtr. hrs.)
This single quarter course is a transitional course from the Intermediate Chinese to Advanced Chinese. Prerequisites: CHIN 2003, equivalent or permission of instructor.

CHIN 2301 Chinese Conversation (4 qtr. hrs.)
This single quarter course is particularly designed to develop further students' speaking skills. Prerequisite CHIN 2100, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CHIN 2302 Chinese Composition (4 qtr. hrs.)
This single quarter course aims to develop further students' writing skills. Prerequisite: CHIN 2100, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CHIN 3300 Chinese Society in Transition (4 qtr. hrs.)
Through studying selected texts and focusing on topics about various aspects of Chinese society in transition, this class aims at strengthening and further developing students' overall skills, in particular, skills of reading comprehension, presenting information and one's opinions, and debating with other people. Prerequisite: CHIN 2003, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CHIN 3400 Chinese Cinema and Chinese Society (4 qtr. hrs.)
This advanced class is designed to strengthen and to develop further students' overall Chinese proficiency and in-depth understanding of the contemporary societies of greater China, including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, by means of studying the representative Chinese language films produced in these three areas. Prerequisite: CHIN 2003, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CHIN 3500 Advanced Reading in Modern Chinese Literature (4 qtr. hrs.)
This course requires students to read closely and examine critically the many sophisticated and subtle cultural, historical and linguistic aspects of the selected literary works of various genres in modern Chinese literature. Prerequisite: CHIN 3400, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CHIN 3601 Business Chinese I (4 qtr. hrs.)
Advanced reading course designated for students who have an advanced level of Chinese language proficiency or who are in their fourth year of a Chinese language curriculum either at the undergraduate or graduate level. Prerequisite: CHIN 3300, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CHIN 3650 Chinese-English Translation I (4 qtr. hrs.)
A seminar for students who have an advanced level of proficiency in both Chinese and English to learn translation theories and to develop skills in translating, from Chinese to English and vice versa, texts in the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences.

CHIN 3700 Topics in Chinese Cultural Studies (4 qtr. hrs.)
Advanced studies of selected topics on Chinese cultural studies. Prerequisite: CHIN 3300, equivalent, or instructor approval.

CHIN 3991 Independent Study (1 to 5 qtr. hrs.)