Chinese Studies

Minor in Chinese Studies

The minor in Chinese Studies is for students who want to improve their understanding of China, one of the most dynamic and fascinating areas of the modern world. Given the global importance of China, the language skills and cultural understanding acquired though the minor will be of value to students interested in a broad range of subjects and professions from journalism, law, business, and government to history, the arts, and education.

By combining language study with an area study, Chinese Studies has two goals: to give students a substantial introduction to the Chinese language and to introduce students to Chinese cultures through the study of translated works in literature, history, religion, film, philosophy, art history, and sociology. While  language acquisition is important to the understanding of a culture, the area study component introduces students to issues specific to China while they learn to contextualize these issues in the broader background of East Asian culture. This interdisciplinary minor draws from courses offered in other Lang divisions and across the university.

Undergraduate students from any division of the university can elect an academic minor in Chinese Studies. This minor requires two years of Chinese language and two elective courses, taught in English, in literature, history, religion, film, philosophy, art history, or sociology. The electives are further divided into two categories: one in general East Asian studies and one specific to China. Students minoring in Chinese Studies must take one elective course in each category. This requirement in electives reflects the necessity to study Chinese culture in an East Asian framework, which is built upon traditions significantly different from those in the West.

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