Unless you have never studied or been exposed to the Chinese language, you will need to take a placement test to determine the level at which you should begin your foreign language course work.

Current Students

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The program offers a full range of modern Chinese (Mandarin) courses from beginning (CHIN 10A) to high-advanced (CHIN 120B) levels. We also offer a special course for students who speak fluent Chinese but do not read or write Chinese (CHIN 29B), an advanced business Chinese course that will prepare students for doing business in and/or with China (CHIN 106B) and a course taught in English to help students understand Chinese history and culture through film (CHIN 130B).

Courses are taught by experienced instructors who follow the highest standards of Chinese teaching in the United States and employ proven pedagogy and new technology to make courses highly efficient.

The course offerings for Fall 2017 are listed below. You can view all courses of instruction in the University Bulletin.

Fall 2017 Courses

For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

Courses Taught in Chinese

CHIN 10A: Beginning Chinese
Professor Yu Feng and Staff
Section 1: M,T,W,Th 10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Section 2: M,T,W,Th 11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Section 3: M,T,W,Th 1:00 PM–1:50 PM

Four class hours per week.

Mandarin is taught in this intensive course, intended for students with no previous knowledge of Chinese. Class meets four days per week plus one section of individual conversation. It offers training in basic Chinese grammar, speaking, aural comprehension, reading and writing. Chinese characters, and the "pinyin" phonetic system as a tool for learning Chinese. Usually offered every fall.

CHIN 30A: Intermediate Chinese
[ fl ]
Professor Xiwen Lu and Staff

Section 1: M,T,W,Th 9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Section 2: M,T,W,Th 10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Section 3: M,T,W,Th 11:00 AM–11:50 AM

Prerequisite: CHIN 20b or equivalent. Four class hours per week.

Development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including the writing of short essays. Usually offered every fall.

CHIN 105A: Advanced Conversation and Composition I
[ fl hum nw ]
Professor Xinyue Huang

Section 1: M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Section 2: M,W,Th 1:00 PM–1:50 PM

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in CHIN 40b or the equivalent.

Designed for advanced students who wish to enhance and improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through listening and reading authentic or slightly modified materials, discussing and writing on various topics of Chinese society and culture. Usually offered every fall.

CHIN 120A: Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language
[ fl hum nw ]
Professor Xiwen Lu
M,W 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

Prerequisite: CHIN 105a or equivalent.

For advanced students of Chinese, an introduction to contemporary Chinese short stories from the 1990s and later. Focuses on significant expansion of vocabulary and grammar, and on providing students an opportunity to develop and polish both oral and written skills through class discussion, presentations, and writing assignments. Usually offered every fall.

Courses Taught in English

CHIN 100A: Introduction to Chinese Literature: Desire and Form
[ hum nw ]
Professor Pu Wang
T,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

Taught in English. All readings in English.

Introduces Chinese literature, focusing primarily on Chinese "classical" literary traditions and their metamorphosis in modern times. Usually offered every second year.

CHIN 130B: China on Film: The Changes of Chinese Culture
[ hum nw ]
Professor Pu Wang
T,F 11:00 AM–12:20 PM; film screenings T 6:30 PM–9:20 PM

Taught in English. All readings in English and all films have English subtitles.

Focuses on the enormous changes under way in Chinese society, politics, and culture. Helps students to identify and understand these fundamental transformations through a representative, exciting selection of readings and films. Usually offered every second spring.