China’s impact throughout Asian history and now in the world at large cannot be ignored. Chinese language study is an excellent means to become acquainted with this important political, economic and cultural force. Studying the Chinese language also offers an exciting way to meet Dickinson’s language requirement. Chinese language courses at Dickinson are designed to be a broad introduction to the language. The four-semester sequence covers language texts in spoken and written Chinese, computer use in writing and translation, and oral practice with recordings posted on Moodle. Students are also exposed to Chinese culture and literature, including poetry, fiction, and Chinese films. A five-course minor in Chinese is available for students who major in other areas.

For Students who have studied Chinese in high school:
First-year students who have had Chinese before should contact Professor Rae Yang to determine their levels of proficiency for enrollment in the appropriate levels of Chinese.

To begin Chinese:
Students should select CHIN 101, Elementary Chinese. The four-semester sequence begins in the fall only.

The introductory four-semester sequence is intended for students with limited or no prior knowledge of Chinese. The goal is to provide the student with the essential tools for conversation, reading and writing in modern Chinese, and the foundation for further study, whether for full fluency or to use Chinese as a useful research tool in other fields of study. Completion of the four-semester sequence (CHIN 101, 102, 201 [previously CHIN 211], 202 [previously CHIN 212]) or a higher-level course will fulfill the language requirement.

The study of Chinese is open to all students.

Language requirement:Completion at the intermediate level, Chinese 202 (previously CHIN 212) or above

Writing Requirement: CHIN 380

Recommended Courses and Requirements for Minors and Programs

Five courses: Four Chinese language courses beyond Intermediate CHIN 202 (previously CHIN 212). One additional 300-level (or higher) Chinese language course or one non-language East Asian course on China.

NOTE: The Chinese minor is open to non-East Asian Studies majors only.

For course  descriptions, refer to the Academic Bulletin: East Asian Studies.

Additional Remarks

Careers:  Students study Chinese for a variety of reasons.  Those who want to go into business, government, or international law, may find that proficiency in Chinese language and familiarity with Chinese culture extremely useful for their future careers.

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