Courses offered Fall Semester 2014 are highlighted; details can be found in the Class Schedule.
Elementary Chinese I
An Introduction to Chinese language and culture. Emphasis is on listening comprehension and basic speaking skills. The Pinyin phonetic system of Mandarin Chinese is studied. Chinese characters are also introduced.
Elementary Chinese II
Continuation of CHIN 101. Prerequisite: CHIN 101 with a grade of C or better.
Intermediate Chinese I
Further development of listening comprehension and speaking skills, with an increased emphasis on reading ability and cultural knowledge. Prerequisite: CHIN 102 with a grade of C or better.
Intermediate Chinese II
Continuation of CHIN 201. Prerequisite: CHIN 201 with a grade of C or better.
Advanced Chinese I
Readings in Chinese television and radio plays, newspapers, business and fiction, with conversation and composition. Prerequisite: CHIN 202 with a grade of C or better.
Advanced Chinese II
A continuation of CHIN 301, with focus on listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Readings in literature, science, and business. Prerequisite: CHIN 301 with a grade of C or better.
A course designed for students who wish to study business or who wish to become acquainted with the language of business in China. This course introduces business terminology and concepts particular to China as well as essential tools for researching company stocks and the import and export trade. Prerequisite: CHIN 301 with a grade of C or better.
Introduction to Literary Chinese
This course introduces students to literary Chinese, a rich written language that has evolved over the past 2500 years. Through reading, translation, analysis, and homework, you will learn to read some foundational texts of the Chinese tradition, using literary Chinese, modern Chinese, and English. All students must be prepared to translate into modern Chinese and English on a regular basis in class and to acquire the vocabulary of grammatical analysis in modern Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 202 with a grade of C or better.
Instruction and practice in translating from Chinese into English. Students work with various written material covering many fields. Prerequisite: CHIN 301 with a grade of C or better.
Film and Society in China
This course introduces students to Chinese society during the last 100 hundred years through the viewing and analysis of major films from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Taught in English; no knowledge of Chinese required.
Traditional Chinese Fiction and Drama
A survey of representative Chinese short stories, novels and plays from the third to the 19th centuries. Focus is placed on the study of T’ang, Sung, Ming dynasty novels and Yuan dynasty drama. Taught in English; no knowledge of Chinese required.