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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chinese - Major


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The purpose of this major program is to educate students to think and perceive rationally and critically. This education includes reading and thinking; learning about literary and cultural movements; and making connections between the primarily aesthetic literary artifacts of the culture and its political, social, and economic history.

Through the Emerson Foreign Language Laboratory, students are trained to use new learning and technology media at all language levels to allow them to communicate effectively in the world. Likewise, they are encouraged to prepare themselves philosophically and practically to make linkages between the major and other academic disciplines.

The students majoring in Chinese will learn about the world of ideas and letters, past and present. This training requires at least one semester of study abroad; one year is recommended. The cohesive, integrated program of foreign language, culture, and literature courses ensures maximum proficiency in the target language.

The 2.0 GPA required for graduation is the same as the College’s general requirements.

 The program consists of:

  • A minimum of 14 courses in total;
  • 7 courses including 6 language course (from beginning to advanced level) and 1 literature course are required;
  • 10 courses taught in Chinese at the 100/200/300 levels taken on campus and at Shandong Normal University, our partner school in China;
  • 4 courses at the 300/400 level taken at Nazareth College, taught either in Chinese or in English;
  • At least one semester of study abroad, though two semesters are strongly encouraged due to the complexity of Chinese language for Western students.

Chinese Electives


Apart from the 7 required courses, students must take at least 7 more courses from the following list. At least 4 of them must be taught in Chinese. All the courses can be taken either at Nazareth or in China, except for a set of 4 courses at 300/400 level (taught either in Chinese or in English), which must be taken at Nazareth.

Chinese Senior Seminar


The Senior Experience for Chinese majors culminates with one Senior Seminar, CHN 410, which encourages students to develop further scholarly and critical thinking, including current theoretical discussions in the academy.

The Comprehensive Examination (written and oral) provides students with the threefold opportunity:

(1) to ascertain that seniors have adequately mastered the Chinese language;

(2) to help seniors synthesize the subject matter of the four-year learning experience;

(3) to demonstrate a working knowledge of Chinese culture and literature.

Sample Program for Chinese Major


Freshman Year


  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Math and Science with Lab Credits: 7
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 6
  • Health and Wellness Credits: 0

As well as:

Sophomore Year


  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 9
  • Mininum of One Semester Study in China Credits: 15
  • Experiential Learning  (EL) pathway (taken with Study Abroad) Credits: 0

As well as:

Junior Year


  • CHN (300 level and higher) Credits: 6
  • Electives Credits: 12
  • Integrated Studies (IS) Credits: 9
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME) Credits: 0

As well as:

Senior Year


  • Electives Credits: 21
  • CHN (300 level and higher) Credits: 6

As well as:

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