Chinese Courses

Check the undergraduate catalog for further details.  See the Class Schedule for courses currently offered.  
CHIN 101
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.
CHIN 102
Elementary Chinese II
Continuation of CHIN 101. Prerequisite: CHIN 101 with a grade of C or better.
CHIN 201
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.
CHIN 202
Intermediate Chinese II
Continuation of CHIN 201. Prerequisite: CHIN 201 with a grade of C or better.
CHIN 301
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.
CHIN 302
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.
CHIN 309
Business Chinese
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.
CHIN 315
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.
CHIN 319
Chinese Translation
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.
MLL 220
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.
MLL 300
Selected Topics in Modern Languages and Linguistics
Topics will be published in the Schedule of Classes. This course is repeatable for credit with different topic. Students may complete a maximum of 12 credits or 4 attempts.
MLL 328
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.
MLL 334
Modern Chinese Poetry and Lyric Culture
From the New Culture Movement to WWII, from literary journals to rock concerts, from self-expression to social engagement, poetry has played an integral role in remaking modern Chinese life. In this course, you will analyze the works of poets, musicians, and revolutionaries who shaped modern Chinese culture and history. You will also learn about modern Chinese lyrical culture as it evolved in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and its relationship with national and regional identities.
MLL 335
Modern China: Culture, Society, and Environment
In this course, you will learn about how modernization and industrialization transformed the Chinese civilization in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through a variety of materials such as literary and historical narratives, films, newspaper articles, and scholarly essays, you will study the interplay between modern Chinese culture, society, and environment. This course is designed for students with little or no background in Chinese language and culture.