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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Liberal Arts

ARCHIVED FILE
Begin Date: Fall Semester 2009
End Date: Spring Semester 2012

Chinese - Archive

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (CHNS)

PROFESSOR ERIC HAYOT, Director of the Asian Studies Program, in charge

Currently more than a billion people speak Chinese, making it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. As a rising superpower with an increasingly global impact, China is a major international presence. The major in Chinese is designed to develop skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Chinese, as well as to promote an understanding of the diverse literatures, cultures, and traditions of the Chinese-speaking world, ranging from China itself to Chinese-speaking America. The major can help students prepare for professional careers in which knowledge of Chinese, especially Mandarin, is useful. Twelve credits of study abroad in a Chinese-speaking context (in a Penn State Education Abroad Program or another program subject to departmental approval) are included in the major.

Students planning to teach in public schools should schedule the appropriate courses leading to certification in consultation with an adviser in the College of Education.

For the B.A. degree in Chinese, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(0-9 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 19-28 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36 credits[1]
(This includes 0-9 credits of General Education GA, GH, or GS courses.)
(At least 21 credits must be at the 400 level.)
(Students must take at least 12 of their credits as part of a study abroad program in a Chinese-speaking location. For curricular sequencing, this Education Abroad experience must occur in the fall semester of the junior year, unless otherwise approved by the department.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (4 credits)
CHNS 110 IL(4) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (23 credits)
Select 3 credits from CHNS 120(3) or CHNS 121(3) (Sem: 1-6)
Select 4 credits from CHNS 401(4) or CHNS 402(4) (Sem: 1-6)
Select 16 credits in Chinese at the 400 level. Special Topics courses in English or other courses in English do not satisfy this requirement. (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits pertaining to China, such as courses in art history, Asian studies, comparative literature, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, religious studies, theatre arts, or other fields, selected from departmental list. (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2009

Blue Sheet Item #: 37-06-052

Review Date: 4/14/09

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