Department of Languages and Literature

Courses in Chinese

The Department offers a wide array of courses in Chinese to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule at the Office of the Registrar website, or contact the Department.

 

CHIN 101 | Elementary Mandarin I
Introduction to the pinyin Romanization system, writing Chinese characters, and the basic structures of the language. Designed to enable students to develop basic communicative skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. No prerequisite. 3 semester credit hours plus one optional lab hour (required for minors).  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.

CHIN 102 | Elementary Mandarin II
Continuing study of the basic structures of the language. Designed to enable students to further develop basic communicative skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 3 semester credit hours plus one optional lab hour (required for minors). Prerequisite: CHIN 101 or placement. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

CHIN 105 | Elementary Mandarin I through Study Abroad
Credit for language courses taken in accredited programs overseas. Variable credit based on total contact hours.

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CHIN 106 | Elementary Mandarin II through Study Abroad
Credit for language courses taken in accredited programs overseas. Variable credit based on total contact hours.

CHIN 108 | Elementary Mandarin I Lab
Additional practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Required for minors. Co-registration with CHIN 101. 0-1 semester credit hours (minors must take it as a 1 credit hour course). Typically offered: Fall Term.

CHIN 109 | Elementary Mandarin II Lab
Additional practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Required for minors. Co -registration with CHIN 102. 0-1 semester credit hours (minors must take it as a 1 credit hour course). Typically offered: Spring Term.

CHIN 191 | Conversation and Culture
Provides an introduction to basic conversational Chinese and highlights of Chinese culture. 1 semester credit hour. Typically offered: Spring Term.

CHIN 201 | Intermediate Mandarin I
Continued study of basic structures of the language. Emphasis on extensive language practice in simulated cultural settings, which will enable students to further develop communicative skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Prerequisite: CHIN 102 or placement. 3 semester credit hours plus one optional lab hour (required for minors). 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.

CHIN 202 | Intermediate Mandarin II
This course is the second semester of intermediate-level (second year) study of the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Prerequisite: CHIN 201 or placement by Department. 3 semester credit hours.

CHIN 205 | Intermediate Mandarin I through Study Abroad
Credit for language courses taken in accredited programs overseas. Variable credit based on contact hours.

CHIN 206 | Intermediate Mandarin II through Study Abroad
Credit for language courses taken in accredited programs overseas. Variable credit based on contact hours.

CHIN 208 | Intermediate Mandarin I Lab
Additional practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Required for minors. Co-registration with CHIN 201. 0-1 semester credit hours (minors must take it as a 1 credit hour course). Typically offered: Fall Term.

CHIN 209 | Intermediate Mandarin II Lab
Additional practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Required for minors. Co-registration with CHIN 202. 0-1 semester credit hours (minors must take it as a 1 credit hour course). Typically offered: Spring Term.

CHIN 211 | Intermediate Mandarin III
Emphasis on intensive acquisition of vocabulary and developing expressive and discursive abilities in written and spoken Chinese. Course also aims to improve reading and listening skills. Prerequisite: CHIN 202 or placement. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.

CHIN 212 | Intermediate Mandarin IV
Emphasis on intensive acquisition of vocabulary and developing expressive and discursive abilities in written and spoken Chinese. Course also aims to improve reading and listening skills. Prerequisite: CHIN 211 or placement. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

CHIN 218 | Lab
Additional practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Co-registration with CHIN 211. Typically offered: Fall Term.

CHIN 219 | Lab
Additional practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Co-registration with CHIN 212. Typically offered: Spring Term.

CHIN 225 | Intermediate Mandarin III through Study Abroad
Credit for language courses taken in accredited programs overseas. Variable credit based on contact hours.

CHIN 226 | Intermediate Mandarin IV through Study Abroad
Credit for language courses taken in accredited programs overseas. Variable credit based on contact hours.

CHIN 291 | Topics
Selected topics in Chinese language, literature, and culture. Prerequisite: CHIN 211, placement, or instructor consent. 1-3 semester credit hours.

CHIN 295 | Independent Study
Designed for the intermediate student who wishes to explore an aspect of Chinese language, literature or culture beyond the scope of the regular course offerings. Prerequisite: CHIN 211, or department consent. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 12.

CHIN 297 | Internship
Professional experience designed to enhance language proficiency and cultural understanding by working in a human service agency, an educational institution or a business agency where Chinese is the primary language. Prerequisite: Approved application. 1-6 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.

CHIN 302 | Directed Studies in Chinese
Students undertake study of Chinese-language content in their own area of academic interest and specialization, including use of multimedia content. Delivered at least in part in Mandarin, using a Language Across the Curriculum model. Could be equivalent to advanced courses in study abroad. Prerequisite: CHIN 211 or Instructor consent. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

CHIN 391 | Advanced Topics in Chinese Language, Literature and Culture
Advanced level study of topics in Chinese language, culture, civilization and/or literature. Prerequisite: CHIN 212, or department consent.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.

CHIN 395 | Independent Study
Designed for the advanced student who wishes to explore an aspect of Chinese language, literature, civilization or culture beyond the scope of the regular course offerings. Prerequisite: CHIN 212, or department consent. Typically offered: Periodically. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 12.

CHIN 397 | Internship
Advanced professional experience designed to enhance language proficiency and cultural understanding by working in a human service agency, an educational institution or a business agency in a country where Chinese is the primary language. Prerequisite: Approved application. 1-6 semester credit hours. Engaged Learning. Department Consent Required.

To have another language is to possess a second soul.

– Charlemagne