Courses Offered

NOTE: Not every course is taught every semester. Please see the on-line class schedule for the most current information about courses offered.


100. Fashion, Media, and Chinese Consumer Culture

(COLL 100) Fall or Spring (4)

This course engages with fashion, media, and consumer culture to explore the radical transformations of China from the socialist to the post-socialist periods.

101. Elementary Chinese I (Mandarin)

Fall or Summer (4)

Training in grammar, pronunciation, aural-oral skills, reading and writing. The work includes intensive practice in speaking and understanding. All scheduled sessions associated with the course are required. CHIN101 is for students who have no Mandarin learning background. Heritage students should take CHIN111 or CHIN211. Students who studied Chinese before should consult Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Placement Guideline on the DMLL website before registering class. The department reserves the right to place any student in the course most appropriate for his or her skill level.

102. Elementary Chinese II (Mandarin)

Spring or Summer (4). Prerequisite: CHIN 101 or consent of instructor

Training in grammar, pronunciation, aural-oral skills, reading and writing. The work includes intensive practice in speaking and understanding. All scheduled sessions associated with the course are required. 

111. Chinese for Heritage Speakers

Fall (3)

For beginning Chinese heritage learners students with basic oral and aural skills, but cannot read or write. While focusing on reading and writing, it continues to provide training in listening and speaking. Interested students who are unsure about their language level are encouraged to consult with instructor before enrollment. The department reserves the right to place any student in the course most appropriate to his or her skill level.

150. Freshman Seminar Topics in English

(COLL 150) Fall or Spring (4)

An exploration of a specific topic in literary or cultural studies. Readings, class discussions and writing assignments are in English. Normally open only to first year students. 

180. Chinese Calligraphy: Aesthetics and Practice

Fall or Spring (1)

Introduces the art and practice of Chinese calligraphy. Consists of introduction on the history, principle and aesthetic values of Chinese characters and calligraphy and hand-on experience on brush writing. No knowledge of Chinese or calligraphy is required. 

200. Chinese Studies in China I

Summer and Fall (variable). Prerequisite: CHIN 102 or acceptance by Selection Committee

This number is intended for language courses completed in China. Intensive language training at the intermediate level. This course may be repeated for credit.

201. Intermediate Chinese I (Mandarin)

Fall (4). Prerequisite: CHIN 102, 200 or consent of instructor

Training in conversation, grammar, reading and elementary composition. The work includes intensive practice in speaking and understanding. All scheduled sessions associated with the course are required.

202. Intermediate Chinese II (Mandarin)

Spring (4). Prerequisite: CHIN 200, 201 or consent of instructor

Training in conversation, grammar, reading and elementary composition. The work includes intensive practice in speaking and understanding. All scheduled sessions associated with the course are required.

211. Chinese for Heritage Speakers

Spring (3). Prerequisite: CHIN 111 or consent of instructor

For students with basic oral-aural skills. While focusing on reading and writing, it continues to provide training in listening and speaking. Completion of this course satisfies language requirement.

220. Chinese Popular Culture

(COLL 200: ALV and CSI, GER 4B, 5) Fall or Spring (3)

This course provides students with an in-depth exploration and study of the range of cultural forms that constitute Chinese popular culture spanning from the late-Imperial to contemporary periods. 

250. Introduction to Chinese Cultural Studies

(COLL 200: ALV and CSI, GER 5) Fall or Spring (3)

An introduction to methods, analysis, and sources in Chinese cultural studies, spanning a range of time periods and variety of aesthetic genres. Each course will focus on a central theme determined by instructor.

280. East Asian Cultures Through Film

(COLL 200: ALV and CSI, GER 4B) Fall or Spring (3)

An introduction to East Asian cultures through the modern and contemporary film of China, Taiwan and Japan. The class takes a cross-cultural approach by looking at various social, political and cultural themes as they vary across time and across East Asian countries. (Cross listed with JAPN 280)

300. Chinese Studies in China II

Summer and Fall (variable). Prerequisites: CHIN 200, 202 or acceptance by Selection Committee

This number is intended for courses completed in China. Intensive language training at the upper-immediate level. This course may be repeated for credit.

301. Upper-Intermediate Chinese I

Fall (4). Prerequisite: CHIN 202, 300 or consent of instructor

Continued training in conversation, grammar and composition with special emphasis on reading and writing. All scheduled sessions associated with the course are required.

302. Upper-Intermediate Chinese II

Spring (4). Prerequisite: CHIN 300, 301 or consent of instructor

Continued training in conversation, grammar and composition with special emphasis on reading and writing. All scheduled sessions associated with the course are required.

303. Topics in Chinese Language, Civilization, or Literature

Fall or Spring (1-4)

Topics in Chinese Language, Culture or Literature. Offered on campus or abroad either in English or Chinese. A systematic study of a major topic or theme in Chinese language, culture or literature that is not covered by regularly offered courses. May be repeated for credit if content is different.

308. Directed Readings in Chinese

Fall or Spring (3). Prerequisites: CHIN 300 or 302

This course is designed to train students’ ability to interpret written Chinese through in-depth readings in Chinese literature and other types of cultural expression.

309. Survey of Chinese Literature in English

(COLL 200: ALV, GER 4B, 5) Fall or Spring (3)

An introduction to major works of Chinese literature, including the Confucian classics, poetry, drama, short stories and novels, with emphasis on cultural and historical context. Students with advanced language skills, with the consent of instructor, may take a 4th credit for reading and discussions (one additional hour per week) in the original language. 

310 Business Chinese

Fall (3). Prerequisites: CHIN 200 and CHIN 202

Open to students who have taken two years of college-level Chinese. This course teaches special language skills for the business environment. Introduces stuents to the social and cultural values and customs of the contemporary Chinese business world.

316. Women and Love in Chinese Literature (In Translation)

(GER 4B, 5) Fall or Spring (3)

This course examines the practice of love and gender relationships in pre-modern China with an emphasis on the presentation of women in literary texts. Readings vary in genres and are analyzed within their own cultural, historical, and philosophical context. (Cross listed with WMST 314-01)

322. Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature in English

(COLL 200: ALV and CSI, GER 4B, 5) Fall or Spring (3)

A study of major 20th-century works, trends and movements. Pays special attention to the period from the end of the Cultural Revolution (1976) to present. Taught in English. Students with advanced language skills, with the consent of instructor, may take a 4th credit for reading and discussions (one additional hour per week) in the original language.

336. Introduction to Classical Chinese

Fall or Spring (3). Prerequisite: CHIN 200, 202 or consent of instructor

This course introduces students to the basic syntax, grammar and vocabulary of Classical Chinese. Students will study abbreviated historical and philosophical narratives, set phrases (chengyu), poems, and short stories from the classical and medieval periods.

360. Introduction to Chinese Cinema

(COLL 200: ALV and CSI, GER 4B, 5) Fall or Spring (3)

An introduction to Chinese cinema from its beginnings to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on Chinese cinemas relationship to popular culture, modernity and nationalism.

386. Art of Chinese Poetry

(ALV) Fall or Spring (3)

This course examines the meaning and mode of expression of traditional Chinese poetry. Poems are read in their original language (with English annotations) and discussion is conducted in English. Proper for students who have completed one year of Chinese language study.

400. Chinese Studies in China III

Summer and Fall (variable). Prerequisites: CHIN 300, 302 or acceptance by Selection Committee

This number is intended for courses completed in China. Intensive language training at the advanced level. This course may be repeated for credit.

401. Advanced Speaking I

Fall (3). Prerequisite: CHIN 300, 302, 400 or consent of instructor

Intensive oral-aural training with emphasis on conducting effective communication in advanced spoken Chinese. Priority given to Chinese and East Asian Studies majors.

402. Advanced Speaking II

Spring (3). Prerequisite: CHIN 300, 302, 400, 401 or consent of instructor

Continued Intensive oral-aural training with emphasis on conducting effective communication in advanced spoken Chinese. Priority given to Chinese and East Asian Studies majors.

403. Advanced Reading and Writing I

Fall (3). Prerequisite: CHIN 300, 302, 400 or consent of instructor

Intensive training in grammar and word usage with special emphasis given to formal journalistic, expository and literary discourse. Priority given to Chinese and East Asian Studies majors.

404. Advanced Reading and Writing II

Spring (3). Prerequisite: Chinese 300, 302, 400, 403 or consent of instructor

Continued intensive training in grammar and word usage with special emphasis given to formal journalistic, expository and literary discourse. Priority given to Chinese and East Asian Studies majors.

410. Advanced Topics in Chinese Language, Civilization or Literature

Fall or Spring (3). Prerequisite: CHIN 300, 302, 400, 402, 404 or consent of instructor

An advanced study of a focused topic in Chinese language, civilization or literature. This course may be offered locally at the College or abroad in the Chinese Studies in Beijing Program. Course may be repeated for credit when topics differ.

411. Independent Study

Fall and Spring (1-3). Prerequisite: consent of instructor

This course is designed to permit an in-depth study of the Chinese language or literature not available in current course offerings. A written petition to the instructor and approval of the department chair is required before registration. Course may be repeated for credit if topic varies.

412. Teaching Practicum

Fall and Spring (1,1)

A mentored teaching internship experience for students to work closely with a faculty member in teaching either a language or content course. May be repeated up to a maximum of 4 credits

428. Advanced Seminar in Chinese Language, Culture or Literature

Fall or Spring (3). Prerequisite: consent of instructor

This capstone course guides students in conducting in-depth studies on issues in Chinese language, culture or literature and it requires students to complete an independent research project. Satisfies concentration computing requirement and concentration writing requirement.

495-496. Honors

Fall and Spring (3, 3). Prerequisite or corequisites: Two other 400-level Chinese courses (401-410)

For College provisions governing the Admission to Honors, see catalog section titled Honors and Special Programs.