Languages and Cultures

The Chinese Catalog of Courses

CHINESE 101 Chinese I (3) - Basic elements of Mandarin Chinese, with emphasis on spoken language, tonal system, and basic writing. Introduces the Chinese culture. Requires practice sessions in language lab.

CHINESE 102 Chinese II (3) - Develops further the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a proficiency level regarded as basic communication in Chinese. CHINESE 102 is for students who have completed CHINESE 101 or the equivalent. Students earn two General Education Points for Basic Communication in a Second Language and one General Education Point for Cultures and Diversity. Chinese language study is taught in its cultural context, including history, culture, diversity, and comparison with students’ native culture. Practice in language laboratory and / or use of electronic language-learning media is required. Students must have passed CHINESE 101 or the equivalent in order to enroll in CHINESE 102. CHINESE 102 is offered every semester. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 8: Basic Communication in a Second Language and 1 GEP for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity.

CHINESE 203 Chinese III (3) - Continuation of CHINESE 102. More emphasis will be put on reading, writing, and syntax. Reading materials include simple essays, poems, and stories. The use of dictionary is routine. Students develop fluency in dealing with basic writing functions. Prerequisite: CHINESE 102 or equivalent.

CHINESE 204 Chinese IV (3) - Continuation of CHINESE 203. In this 4th semester language course, conversational ability will be stressed. Teaching/learning activities cover a variety of daily life situations. Students develop fluency in listening/speaking and, in the meantime, acquire culturally appropriate communication strategies. Prerequisite: CHINESE 203 or equivalent.

CHINESE 211 Foundations of Chinese Civilization (Fall) (3) - Imparts knowledge about the history of Chinese culture and civilization. Students gain insights in the cultural history of China, including geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences in their historical contexts. CHINESE 211 is intended for students seeking an introductory course on Chinese culture. CHINESE 211 is taught in English and presents Chinese culture in its historical contexts through lectures, projects and discussions. CHINESE 211 satisfies General Educational requirements and partially fulfills requirements for the Chinese minor. There are no prerequisites for CHINESE 211. CHINESE 211 is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

CHINESE 212 China Today (Spring) (3) - Presents contemporary Chinese culture and civilization with emphasis on art, literature, ideas, recent historical events, and cultural exchanges. Intended for students seeking an introductory course on Chinese culture. Students gain insights in contemporary Chinese culture, including its geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences. Course is taught in English through lectures, projects, discussions, readings, and audio-visual media. CHINESE 212 partially fulfills the requirements for the Chinese Minor. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

CHINESE 490 Comprehensive Chinese (3) Applies credit for required immersion experience in China, stressing development in the four skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Chinese IV or equivalent is required. Permission of academic advisor or chair is required.

CHINESE 491 Conversational Chinese (3) Applies credit for required immersion experience in China, stressing development in the four skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Chinese IV or equivalent is required. Permission of academic advisor or chair is required.

CHINESE 492 Chinese Listening (3) Applies credit for required immersion experience in China, stressing development in the four skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Chinese IV or equivalent is required. Permission of academic advisor or chair is required.