Courses in Chinese

Upper Division

Chinese 101: Elementary Chinese I, (5)
Rudiments of Mandarin pronunciation; listening, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on communicative ability; acquisition of the most useful phrases, vocabulary items and over 250 characters; familiarity with basic sentence structures of Mandarin; information on Chinese culture. Not open to students who have completed three years of high school Chinese unless the third course was completed five or more years ago.


Chinese 102: Elementary Chinese II, (5)

Prerequisite: Chinese 101.
Continuation of Chinese 101. Acquisition of an additional 250 characters. Not open to students who have completed three years of high school Chinese unless the third course was completed five or more years ago.


Chinese 201: Intermediate Chinese I, (5)
Prerequisite: Chinese 102 or equivalent.
Developing facility to comprehend and produce spoken Chinese, with emphasis on connected discourse. Acquisition of advanced language points and 250 or more characters.


Chinese 202: Intermediate Chinese II, (5)

Prerequisite: Chinese 201 or equivalent.
Continuation of Chinese 201. Reading of contemporary work and writing of short passages in Chinese. Acquisition of an additional 400 characters.


Upper Division

Chinese 301: Advanced Chinese I, (3)
Prerequisite: Chinese 202 or equivalent.
Facility in oral expression and writing in practical genres; introduction to features of written Chinese; exposure to various styles of the language; acquaintance with newspaper and media Chinese, elements of literary classical language, additional 500 or more Chinese characters. It is offered regularly once a year.


Chinese 302: Advanced Chinese II, (3)

Prerequisite: Chinese 301 or equivalent.
Continuation of Chinese 301. Writing paragraphs and longer expository texts. Reading modern and classical literature. It is offered regularly once a year.


CHIN 354. Varieties of Written Chinese (3)
Prerequisite: Chinese 202.
Different genres of Chinese writing from multiple time periods and regions of the Chinese speaking world. Samples both practical and creative genres, and recent innovative uses of language by Internet bloggers and in chat rooms.

Chinese 431, Advanced Conversational Chinese, (3)
Prerequisite: Chinese 302 or approval of the instructor.
Emphasis on the spoken language; discussion on practical, social and cultural topics, with the aid of spoken language materials such as plays and videotapes; learning conversational strategies and the stylistic features of conversation.


Chinese 433, Newspaper Chinese, (3)

Prerequisite: Chinese 302 or approval of the instructor.
Developing facility in the reading of Chinese newspapers by focusing on the special linguistic characteristics of formal, written discourse. It is offered regularly once a year.


Chinese 434, Business Chinese, (3)

Prerequisite: Chinese 302 or equivalent.
Developing ability to function in the Chinese business environment; familiarity with business correspondence, telecommunication, advertising, business terminology and stylistic features, information on intercultural communication and social, cultural background. It is offered regularly once a year.


General Education Courses

All the lower division language courses, as well as three upper division courses, Chinese 301, Chinese 302 and 352, currently satisfy General Education requirements:

  • Chinese 101: Elementary Chinese [I], 5 hours (Foundations, Foreign language)
  • Chinese 102: Elementary Chinese [II], 5 hours (Foundations, Foreign language)
  • Chinese 201: Intermediate Chinese [I], 5 hours (Foundations, Foreign language)
  • Chinese 202: Intermediate Chinese [II], 5 hours(Foundations, Foreign language)
  • Chinese 301: Advanced Chinese [I], 3 hours (Explorations, Humanities)
  • Chinese 302: Advanced Chinese [II], 3 hours (Exploration, Humanities)
  • Chinese 352: Aspects of Chinese [II], 3 hours (Exploration, Humanities)


High School Equivalency

High school foreign language courses may be used for purposes of placement in college courses and may be counted toward meeting the foreign language requirement in various majors. These high school courses will not count as college credit toward graduation. High school language courses can be used as follows:

  • The first two years of high school level language count as the equivalent of the first semester of a college level course, although students with fewer than three years of high school level language may complete the first semester college course for graduation credit.

  • The first three years of high school level language count as the equivalent of the first two college semesters, although students with fewer than four years of high school level language may complete the second semester college course for graduation credit. Students who have completed three years of foreign language in high school will not receive credit for the first semester college course unless at least five years separate the last high school course and the first college course.

  • Four years of high school level language count as the equivalent of three college semesters, thus fulfilling the foreign language requirement.