University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (CHNS)
PROFESSOR ON-CHO NG, Department Head, Asian Studies
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. Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad.
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.
Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.
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.)
(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: 20-28 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: 35 credits
(This includes 0-9 credits of General Education GA, GH, or GS courses.)
(At least 21 credits must be at the 400 level.)
(Students are strongly encouraged to take at least 12 of their credits as part of a study abroad program in a Chinese-speaking location. For curricular sequencing, the program encourages students to pursue this Education Abroad experience in the summer or fall semester of the junior year.
PRESCRIBED COURSES (20 credits)
CHNS 110 IL(4) (Sem: 3-4)
CHNS 401 IL(4), CHNS 402 IL(4) (Sem: 5-6)
CHNS 403W(4), CHNS 404 IL(4) (Sem: 7-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from CHNS 120 GH;IL(3) or CHNS 121 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-6)
Select 3 credits from the CHNS 420-429 level (3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from the CHNS 450-459 level (3) (Sem: 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 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)
 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 2011
Blue Sheet Item #: 40-03-052
Review Date: 11/08/2011