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 wide array of Chinese language materials and to communicate in Chinese on a broad array of topics with a robust of modern and classical Chinese language courses. The literature curriculum features many of the high points of China’s literary past and present in English translation, from the ancient The Book of Odes to classic poems of Tang and Song dynasties, classic fiction like Journey to the West and Dream of the Red Chamber, to modern works like Mao Dun’s Rainbow, Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City, and Yu Hua’s To Live. Through extensive coverage of language and literary culture, the Chinese major aims to produce students with the skills of cultural literacy and interpretation as well as linguistic proficiency. Students are also encouraged to demonstrate the integration of their skills and knowledge through the translation of literary works into English.

Prerequisites:

  • The average grade of C- or higher for the first two years of Chinese language instruction (CHIN 1010-1020, CHIN 2010-2020, including CHIN 2060).
  • EAST 1010 with a grade of C or higher.

Requirements:  30 credits courses with the following distribution

  • 18 credits in Chinese language courses numbered higher than 3000. At the discretion of the student's advisor, 6 of these credits may be in two non-survey courses on Chinese literature in translation 
  • 6 credits consisting of two survey courses in Chinese literature in translation (Traditional and Modern): CHTR 3010 and CHTR 3020.
  • 3 credits in one course introducing classical Chinese (CHIN 4830 or CHIN 4840)
  • A departmental capstone course in non-survey Chinese literature or culture at the 3000 or 4000 level. Students must obtain official permission from the instructor to count the course toward the capstone requirement by the end of the first week of the semester. Independent study may not substitute. Distinguished Major theses fulfill the capstone 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

Forms

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

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Scholarships

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