Chinese Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that draws on a broad range of courses in language, literature, film, history, and politics. The minor can complement any concentration, deepening students' global competencies, cross-cultural perspectives, and awareness of a range of important cultural and social issues.
The knowledge and skills acquired through the advanced study of a foreign language prepare them for a diverse and increasingly international workplace and for further study in graduate school. Career possibilities include jobs in translation and interpreting, international affairs, nonprofit work, media and journalism, and business.
Students can also choose to complete some of their studies in the New School study abroad program in Shanghai. This intensive five-week summer program includes language study as well as fieldwork, arts and culture study, and excursions.
Students interested in a minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.
Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.
Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students interested in pursuing a deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.
Below are expected learning outcomes:
In completing courses for the minor, students may, with permission of the program advisor, substitute NCHM 1003 Chinese Introductory Intensive 1 for NCHM 1101 Chinese Intro 1, and NCHM 1004 Chinese Introductory Intensive 2 for NCHM 1102 Chinese Intro 2.
Students who participate in the New School Summer Study Abroad program in Shanghai, China, may apply some of their coursework toward requirements for the minor in Chinese Studies.
Students already beyond the Intermediate Chinese level may, upon the recommendation of the Chinese section coordinator, substitute advanced language courses as they vary by topic to ensure completion of four courses in the study of the language.
Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.
For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Lei Ping, Coordinator of Chinese Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.229.5600.
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