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Chinese Program

Delve into a foreign language, learn about another culture, and become a truly global citizen with the Chinese BA at the University of Utah. Chinese students will gain a deeper understanding of a culture other than their own through the study of language, literature, and society: the curriculum includes language classes from beginning to advanced levels, with additional courses covering Chinese philosophy and culture. The Chinese program aims to provide a well-rounded education on China, ultimately helping you to master the necessary language skills and intellectual understanding that will prepare you for a career in a China-related field.

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Chinese Major (BA)

The Chinese Major requires a minimum of 27 upper-division credit hours listed under Chinese plus WLC Practicum Signature Experience and either WLC 2010 or 2020 for a total of 33 credit hours. At least 15 credits have to be taken at the University Of Utah. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • Communicate in paragraph-length discourse--in speech and in writing, using Chinese characters--to describe, narrate, explain, elaborate, and clarify with detail in both familiar and unfamiliar situations in informal and some formal settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of features of Chinese culture communities (e.g., social, geographic, historical). Analyze and discuss core aspects of Chinese civilization including classical Chinese language and traditional literature, modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film, Chinese culture, and the Chinese language.
  • A broad sense of the literary and cultural traditions in their language area.
  • Begin to show ability to discuss issues beyond the concrete.
  • Comprehend complex and descriptive texts (written, audio, visual, audio-visual).
  • Comprehend and express opinions and ideas using a variety of vocabulary, including some idiomatic and culturally appropriate expressions, related to topics of personal and community interest, current events, as well as vocabulary related to areas of study and expertise.
  • Self-monitor and adjust effectively own speech and writing.
  • Demonstrate good language control (vocabulary and grammar) in interpersonal and presentational communication.
  • Write exclusively in Chinese characters in a variety of media using appropriate formats and conventions.

Required Courses

24 Total Credits

Completed at least 1 of the following

WLC2010 Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture (3)
WLC2020 Language in Society (3)

Completed at least 1 of the following

CHIN3010 Third-Year Mandarin Chinese I (3)
CHIN3060 Advanced Chinese Grammar & Composition for Experienced Speakers (3)

Completed at least 1 of the following

CHIN3020 Third-Year Mandarin Chinese II (3)
CHIN4610 Survey of Chinese Literature (3)
CHIN4620 Survey of Chinese Literature (3)
CHIN4710 Classical or Literary Chinese (3)
CHIN4550 Patterns of Traditional Chinese Culture (3)

Completed at least 1 of the following

CHIN4280 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (3)
CHIN4281 Politeness in Chinese Speaking Societies: Introduction to Chinese Pragmatics (3)

Electives

Total Credits

Earned at least 6 credits from the following

CHIN3390 Chinese Calligraphy (3)
CHIN3510 Business Chinese (3)
CHIN4280 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (3)
CHIN4281 Politeness in Chinese Speaking Societies: Introduction to Chinese Pragmatics (3)
CHIN4560 Problems of a Modernizing China (3)
CHIN4880 Directed Reading (1 - 4)
CHIN4900 Special Topics (.5 - 4)
CHIN5410 Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (3)

Practicum

Completed one practicum (3) - see Advisor for options

Minimum Degree Hours

122 Total Credits

Minimum Major Hours

33 Total Credits

All classes must be passed with a C or better
Students must take at least 15 credits of the major in residence at the University of Utah

 Chinese mAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Chinese Minor

The Chinese Minor requires a minimum of 15 upper-division credit hours listed under Chinese. At least 6 credits have to be taken at the University Of Utah. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. 

Required Courses

15 TOTAL CREDITS

Third-Year Mandarin Chinese
Completed at least 1 of the following

CHIN3010 Third-Year Mandarin Chinese I (3)
CHIN3060 Advanced Chinese Grammar & Composition for Experienced Speakers (3)

Additional Third-Year Mandarin Chinese
Earned at least 3 credits from the following

CHIN3020 Third-Year Mandarin Chinese II (3)
CHIN3510 Business Chinese (3)
CHIN4550 Patterns of Traditional Chinese Culture (3)
CHIN4560 Problems of a Modernizing China (3)
CHIN4710 Classical or Literary Chinese (3)
CHIN4900 Special Topics (.5 - 4)
CHIN5410 Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (3)

Upper-Division
Earned at least 9 credits from the following

CHIN3020 Third-Year Mandarin Chinese II (3)
CHIN3390 Chinese Calligraphy (3)
CHIN3510 Business Chinese (3)
CHIN4280 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (3)
CHIN4281 Politeness in Chinese Speaking Societies: Introduction to Chinese Pragmatics (3)
CHIN4550 Patterns of Traditional Chinese Culture (3)
CHIN4560 Problems of a Modernizing China (3)
CHIN4610 Survey of Chinese Literature (3)
CHIN4620 Survey of Chinese Literature (3)
CHIN4710 Classical or Literary Chinese (3)
CHIN4900 Special Topics (.5 - 4)
CHIN5410 Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (3)

Minimum Minor Hours

15 TOTAL CREDITS

All classes must be passed with a C or better
At least 6 credits of minor requirements must be taken in residence at the University of Utah

 Chinese mINOR REQUIREMENTS    Chinese mINOR REQUIREMENTS - BRIDGE STUDENTS

All students should declare their minor at least two semesters prior to their anticipated graduation date. 

Student Experience

An exciting feature of the program is a summer study abroad experience at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, where students can earn up to eight credits toward their Chinese major or minor.

For additional language-learning support, participate in one of the U’s Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) workshops or events on Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research and education. Students can also complete their own research projects through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). 

Career Opportunities

After graduation, many students are prepared to enter graduate programs in Asian Studies, International Studies, law schools, business schools, and medical schools. Many alumni have also found employment in government service and the private sector, as project managers, international sales developers, and language teachers. Become a translator or diplomat, or pair your language skills with technical skills and work internationally in business, technology, or the sciences: careers as a supply chain manager, engineer, programmer, or marketing coordinator are all possible.

Faculty

 

Tenure-Line Faculty

Funsheng Wu

Professor


fusheng.wu@utah.edu | (801) 581-6056

 

Career-Line Faculty

 

Confucius Institute Faculty

Xiao Hu

Associate Instructor


tinyxiao666@163.com

Wei Wu

Associate Instructor


ladyweiwu@163.com


Bridge Faculty

Shin Chi Fame Kao

Associate Instructor


shinchi.famekao@utah.edu | (801) 585-0988

Ximming Ren

Associate Instructor


ren.xinming@utah.edu | (801) 587-8554

FLAS Scholarship

The Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS) is provided by the Asia Center. For FAQs, application, and other information on the FLAS scholarship, click the button below.

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Last Updated: 3/17/20