Courses

Chinese Studies Courses

Course descriptions listed on this page for the Chinese Studies Program are from the 2021-2022 College Catalog. For more information on the courses offered during the fall and spring semesters, please log in to the course schedule through STAR.

CHIN 101 — Elementary Chinese 1

An introduction to spoken Mandarin and written Chinese. Providing a foundation in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and communication skills and an introduction to the Chinese culture.
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Fall

CHIN 102 — Elementary Chinese 2

An introduction to spoken Mandarin and written Chinese. Providing a foundation in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and communication skills and an introduction to the Chinese culture.
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Spring

CHIN 103 — Introduction to Chinese Culture

An introduction to the history, geography, literature, and social issues of China through readings, films, music, poetry, and web-based resources. Taught in English. Three class hours weekly. One unit.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies

CHIN 192 — Tutorial

GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CHIN 201 — Intermediate Chinese 1

Continued focus on the development of oral and written communication skills and on the strengthening of cultural competency in Chinese through the use of written texts and multimedia resources. Five class hours weekly. One and one-quarter units each semester.
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Fall

CHIN 202 — Intermediate Chinese 2

Continued focus on the development of oral and written communication skills and on the strengthening of cultural competency in Chinese through the use of written texts and multimedia resources. Five class hours weekly. One and one-quarter units each semester.
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Spring

CHIN 250 — Traditional Chinese Literature

Introduction to major works in traditional Chinese literature. One Unit.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Literature

CHIN 251 — China and the Environment

GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies

CHIN 255 — Chin Cult Through Camera's Eye

An exploration of Chinese culture through 20th- and 21st-century Chinese cinema. Taught in English. One unit.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies

CHIN 260 — Chinese Linguistics

An overview of the history and structure of the Chinese language.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science

CHIN 270 — The Legend of the Monkey King

GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Literature

CHIN 292 — Tutorial

GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CHIN 299-F01 — Modern Chinese Literature

This course will explore the complex forces at work in the emergence of modern China through a selection of Chinese literary texts. How was modernity perceived at the turn of the century? How did women's liberation change the face of China? How did we understand colonialism in Taiwan? How did May Fourth literature, New Sensationalism, and leftist literature negotiate questions of age, race, gender and class as well as nationally? Introducing iconic writers such as Lu Xun, Xiao Hong, Eileen Chang, and Wu Zhuoliu, and films such as New Women and Spring in Small Town, this course will chart the course of modern expressions and concerns in the Sinophone worlds of the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. All readings in English translation. No prerequisite.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Literature

CHIN 299-R01 — Chinese Food Odyssey

Have you eaten yet? As one of the most common greetings among people in China, it suggests the important role food plays in Chinese culture and society. This course examines the Chinese culinary tradition and practice from antiquity to the present and explores diverse representations of food in historical accounts, literature, traditional arts, and the modern media. In this journey to Chinese cultures heart through its stomach, we will savor every bite: both food for thought and food for stomach. While digging into our food, we will also discuss a variety of topics related to the subject of Chinese food, such as food and culture values, food and identity, food and hunger, and Chinese food in the West. Students will develop critical eating skills and will further embrace cultural diversity through food.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies, Literature

CHIN 301 — Third Year Chinese 1

Continued focus on the development of oral and written communication skills and cultural competency through the use of traditional Chinese readings and multimedia resources. Five class hours weekly. One and one-quarter units each semester.
Prerequisite: CHIN 202 or permission of the instructor. Students who have taken any higher level CHIN course may not enroll in CHIN 301
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Fall

CHIN 302 — Third Year Chinese 2

Continued focus on the development of oral and written communication skills and cultural competency through the use of traditional Chinese readings and multimedia resources. Five class hours weekly. One and one-quarter units each semester.
Prerequisite: CHIN 301.
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Spring

CHIN 392 — Tutorial

GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CHIN 401 — Fourth Year Chinese 1

Continued development of oral and written communication skills and cultural competency through the use of readings, videos, and other multimedia resources. One unit each semester.
Prerequisite: CHIN 302 or Study Abroad in China, or permission of the instructor.
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Fall

CHIN 402 — Fourth Year Chinese 2

Continued development of oral and written communication skills and cultural competency through the use of readings, videos, and other multimedia resources. One unit each semester.
Prerequisite: CHIN 401 or Study Abroad in China
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Spring

CHIN 403 — Topics in Contemp Chin Society

This course continues its focus on the development of higher level skills in spoken Mandarin and formal, written Chinese.
Prerequisite: CHIN 302 or permission of instructor.
GPA units: 1.25
Common Area: Language Studies

CHIN 404 — Introduction to Literary Chinese 1

An introduction to the classical literary language of China.
Prerequisite: Any 400 level Chinese class or permission from the instructor.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies
Typically Offered: Annually

CHIN 491 — Tutorial

GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CHIN 492 — Tutorial

GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CHIN 499-S01 — Reading China Through Media

This course is designed to improve advanced students' modern Chinese language skills and cultural knowledge by immersing them in the advanced communication context of contemporary Chinese media. Learning materials include Chinese news media, TV series, and films.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Language Studies