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Chinese Concentration

As China continues to emerge from centuries of isolation, it is assuming a key role on the international scene—not only in business, politics and finance, but also in art, culture and science. This transformation directly involves one fifth of the world’s population and will have a profound impact, however indirectly, on the rest of humanity. China also will play a pivotal role in shaping the Earth’s environment. Chinese has been identified by the national security committee as one of the critical languages.

The concentration in Chinese prepares students for teaching careers at the secondary school level, graduate study in Chinese, and research and professional work in government and private enterprise. Language majors with Chinese concentration are encouraged to complete a minor or, if possible, a second major in another field.

Students pursuing the concentration in Chinese must complete a minimum of 30 credits in Chinese at the 300 level and above, each with a minimum grade of 2.00. Students are expected to complete a balanced program that includes courses in language, culture and civilization, and literature. Only two courses (6 credits) taught in English may be applied to the major. Students are highly encouraged to participate in study abroad.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in foreign languages must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In addition, students must complete a concentration in one of the following:

◊ Concentration in Chinese (CHIN)

As China continues to emerge from centuries of isolation, it is assuming a key role on the international scene—not only in business, politics and finance, but also in art, culture and science. This transformation directly involves one fifth of the world’s population and will have a profound impact, however indirectly, on the rest of humanity. China also will play a pivotal role in shaping the Earth’s environment. Chinese has been identified by the national security committee as one of the critical languages.

The concentration in Chinese prepares students for teaching careers at the secondary school level, graduate study in Chinese, and research and professional work in government and private enterprise. Language majors with Chinese concentration are encouraged to complete a minor or, if possible, a second major in another field.

Students pursuing the concentration in Chinese must complete a minimum of 30 credits in Chinese at the 300 level and above, each with a minimum grade of 2.00. Students are expected to complete a balanced program that includes courses in language, culture and civilization, and literature. Only two courses (6 credits) taught in English may be applied to the major. Students are highly encouraged to participate in study abroad.

Eight core courses (24 credits)

CHIN 300 - Reading Skills Development Credits: 3

CHIN 301 - Advanced Grammar and Syntax Credits: 3

CHIN 305 - Chinese for the Business World Credits: 3

CHIN 318 - Introduction to Classical Chinese Credits: 3

CHIN 355 - Readings in Chinese Poetry and Poetics Credits: 3

CHIN 365 - Readings in Chinese Fiction after Mao Credits: 3

CHIN 480 - Fourth-Year Chinese I Credits: 3

CHIN 481 - Fourth-Year Chinese II Credits: 3

Two elective courses (6 credits) chosen from:

With the approval of their advisor and the director, students may apply to this requirement relevant courses in anthropology (ANTH), art history (ARTH), government (GOVT), history (HIST), philosophy (PHIL), religious studies (RELI), and sociology (SOCI).

CHIN 310 - Survey of Chinese Literature Credits: 3

CHIN 311 - Modern Chinese Literature in Translation Credits: 3

CHIN 320 - Contemporary Chinese Film Credits: 3

CHIN 325 - Major Chinese Writers Credits: 3

CHIN 328 - Asian American Women Writers Credits: 3

CHIN 470 - Special Topics in Chinese Studies Credits: 3

CHIN 490 - Internship in Chinese Studies Credits: 1-9

Total: 30 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in foreign language may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing CHIN 480, FREN 309, or SPAN 370.

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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