Chinese: Culture-Intensive Option (CHN)

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures presents a wide range of courses in several programs, from introductory courses in the languages and literatures of East Asia (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) to advanced graduate-level study of linguistics and literature. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Chinese or Japanese and minors in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Students may choose to focus on either language or literature, though all degree programs require course work from both areas.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Understand the histories, societies, and cultures of this region.

  2. Learn and grow in an interdisciplinary field.

  3. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

  4. Develop critical language skills.

  5. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of future careers or further studies.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Chinese pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA). The EALL department also offers Chinese Flagship certification, a Master of Arts (MA) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chinese Studies. A Major in Chinese provides students with a foundation for employment in many fields, including but not limited to:

Non-governmental organizations

Intragovernmental agencies (e.g. the United Nations)

Federal government agencies

Law firms

Public interest groups

Consulting firms

Research institutes

International business

Print and broadcast media companies

Colleges and universities
Alumni Jobs


Social innovation business consultant

Enterprise account manager

Associate research analyst

Project coordinator


Territory sales representative

Program coordinator

Senior investigation specialist
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
CHN 101-3; choose one from: CHN 150, 151, 152

2nd Year
CHN 201-3; choose two from: CHN 305, 306, 307 or 308 (WR 121 prereq for CHN 305-8)

3rd Year
CHN 301-3; Four 3xx/4xx electives (at least 2 CHN; up to 2 EALL,JPN,KRN; up to 1 other dept)

4th Year
CHN 495 (senior capstone seminar) *Except for CHN 495, non-language courses need not be taken in the above order and can be fulfilled in any year

Major Credits
Required 31 credits
Electives 16 credits

Total 47 credits

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

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Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Oral and written communication

Critical thinking and analysis

Cross-cultural collaboration

Language tutoring and translation

Experiential learning opportunities

Study abroad courses

International internships (IE3, Globalworks)

Career-oriented courses

Research assistantships
Specialized Courses

Literature of Modern Taiwan

Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese Literature

Self and Society in Traditional Chinese Literature

Intermediate Language Strategies

Chinese Film and Theory

Pedagogical Grammar of Chinese

History of the Chinese Language

Second Language Acquisition
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Asian Studies

Business Administration


Comparative Literature

East Asian Studies





Political Science


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