Chinese: Linguistics-Intensive Option (CHN)

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literature 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. The department also offers master's (MA) and doctoral (PhD) degrees in East Asian languages and literatures. At all levels, 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 a Masters 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:

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

2nd Year
CHN 201-3; Choose 3 from EALL 209, CHN 480, 482, LING 301

3rd Year
Two from CHN 301, 302, 303, 413, 439, 445; 1 approved elec (EALL, CHN, or LING subject code)

4th Year
Choose 2 from CHN 411, 412, 413, 439, 445; 1 advisor-approved elective (EALL, CHN, or LING subject code) *Non-language courses can be taken in any order and can be fulfilled in any year prior to graduation.

Major Credits
Required   43
Electives 4

Total 47

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 translating

Linguistic and cultural competency in Chinese

Literary, media, and cultural analysis

Linguistic analysis
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


East Asian Studies




Second Language Acquistion and Teaching [certificate]

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