Majoring in Chinese Language and Literature

Introduction to the Chinese Language and Literature Major

The major in Chinese language and literature prepares students to handle a broad spectrum of Chinese language materials and to communicate in Chinese on a wide array of topics. Since the ability to read literary texts signals the highest degree of language competence, our students are required to take courses in Chinese literature including one course in Classical Chinese as well as courses on literature in translation.


  • 2020/2060 level or above in Chinese language. A grade of C or higher must be earned each semester of language instruction.

Requirements:  30 credits courses with the following distribution

  • 18 credits must be in Chinese beyond the 2020 or 2060 level;  at the discretion of the student’s advisor, 6 of these credits may be in two non-survey courses on East Asian literature in translation;
  • 6 credits consisting of two survey courses in Chinese literature (CHTR 3010, CHTR 3020). At the discretion of the advisor, the following courses may be allowed: JPTR 3010, JPTR 3020, KRTR 3020, or KRTR 3030.
  • 3 credits in one course introducing classical Chinese (CHIN 4830 or CHIN 4840)
  • 3 credits consisting of a capstone course, a DEALLC seminar at the 5000 level in which the student writes a research paper using primary materials in Chinese. An independent study may not substituted for this requirement.
  • a maximum of 15 study abroad credits and domestic transfer credits are allowed at the discretion of the student’s advisor;
  • students in this major must maintain a satisfactory grade point in the major and related courses each semester; satisfactory is defined as an average of C (i.e., 2.0); students not maintaining this grade point are subject to discontinuation from the major.
  • students who wish to double major are reminded that only two courses may count towards both majors


To download forms related to the major, click here. Our declaration worksheets, capstone completion forms, and DMP forms are all housed on this page. 

Study Abroad Programs

For information on academic year and summer study abroad, please see the Study Abroad and Summer Study pages.


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