Benedictine University's new minor in Chinese includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in Mandarin, the most
spoken language in the world and the fastest growing language taught in schools. With China's increased prominence on the world stage, learning Mandarin can help one professionally in a variety of fields.
Students minoring in Chinese will learn the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in small, student-centered classrooms. Classes in Chinese history, religion, literature, film, and culture, which form part of the growing Chinese Studies curriculum, supplement this language coursework. Students also have the option to pursue a concentration in Cultural Studies or an Asian concentration in International Business.
Minors in Chinese have the opportunity to participate in unique faculty-led short-term study abroad experiences, which are often linked to semester courses. Past and future faculty-led study abroad courses in China include:
Opportunities for study abroad in China are also available through full scholarships, student exchanges, and internships.
The requirements for the minor in Chinese (Mandarin) include the successful completion of 21 credit hours, with a grade of "C" or better, of the following:
In some cases, the department may approve as a substitute for CHIN 301 or CHIN 302 an upper-level class taken through study abroad arrangements with partner programs in China but minors must have any transfer coursework approved prior to enrollment.
Minors may receive placement credit for lower-level language courses according to University policy (successful completion of the course into which they place, with a grade of "C" or better, plus approval through petition for external credit) up to a maximum of six external credit hours. However, such students are still required to earn 21 hours in order to complete the minor.
Minors may also opt to take three additional 3-credit courses, some of which may be cross-listed and delivered in English, for a Cultural Studies concentration. These may include CHIN 291, when available as a study abroad experience, and either CHIN 301 or CHIN 302 (whichever has not been counted towards the minor). Concentration courses may also include approved courses taken through study abroad arrangements with partner programs in China. None of the concentration courses may double-count for the minor.
To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.
– Frantz Fanon