Chinese Studies

Placement: A score of 4 or 5 counts toward the language studies common area requirement. It also allows placement in CHIN 401. Students with AP credit who take a course below the level of CHIN 401 will forfeit the AP credit.

Students who have completed one year or less of high school Mandarin Chinese and who do not speak another dialect of Chinese should enroll in CHIN 101. All other students should consult the Chinese language coordinator for placement during Summer Gateways Orientation or before the start of the fall semester.

Majors: Students who plan to elect a Chinese major and who have no prior study of Mandarin should begin Chinese language study in their first year at Holy Cross. Study in China for one or two semesters during your academic career at Holy Cross is also highly recommended. 



CHIN 101
Elementary Chinese 1
Common Area: Language Studies

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.

CHIN 201
Intermediate Chinese 1
Common Area: Language Studies

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.

CHIN 301
Third Year Chinese 1
Common Area: Language Studies

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.

CHIN 401
Fourth Year Chinese 1
Common Area: Language Studies

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. 

CHIN 403
Topics in Contemporary Chinese Society
Common Area: Language Studies

This course continues to focus on oral and written communication skills through the use of authentic and edited readings, videos, and other multimedia resources, guiding students to transition from the colloquial language to formal written speech and writing. Appropriate for non-native speakers of Chinese with several years of Chinese language study.  Students with prior study of Chinese should contact the Chinese coordinator for placement.



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