Chinese Course of Instruction

CHI 101 - Beginning Chinese I: Language and Culture

An introduction to the Chinese language. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the beginning level. Introduction of Chinese culture integrated throughout. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Offered fall semester.
Credits: 4

 

CHI 102 - Beginning Chinese II: Language and Culture

Continuation of CHI 101. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the beginning level. Introduction of Chinese culture integrated throughout. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better in CHI 101, or credit, or appropriate placement test score.
Credits: 4

 

CHI 180 - Special Topics in Chinese

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 100-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

CHI 185 - Supplementary Elementary Chinese

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 201 - Intermediate Chinese I: Language and Culture

Continuation of CHI 102. Practice in speaking, listening, reading, writing at the intermediate level. Chinese culture introduced through authentic texts and multimedia materials. Supplemented by multimedia and the Language Resource Center. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better in CHI 102, or credit, or appropriate placement test score.
Credits: 4

 

CHI 202 - Intermediate Chinese II: Language and Culture

Continued practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the intermediate level. Chinese culture introduced through authentic texts and multimedia materials. Counts towards the Chinese minor, the East Asian Studies minor, and the Chinese studies major. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Prerequisite: C (not C-) or better in CHI 201, or credit, or appropriate placement test score.
Credits: 4

 

CHI 236 - Popular Chinese Fiction

This course is an overview of the most influential works of Chinese fiction in translation from pre-modern times to the present, focusing on the cultural messages embedded in them that have had a deep impact on Chinese culture and society today. 
Credits: 3

 

CHI 280 - Special Topics in Chinese

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 200-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content differs. No more than four credits can be applied to the minor or major. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

CHI 285 - Supplementary Intermediate Chinese

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 301 - Advanced Intermediate Chinese I

This is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese II CHI 202. In this class, students continue to build vocabulary and sentence structures of Mandarin Chinese. More importantly, students shall become more proficient in the language, both written and spoken. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: CHI 202.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 302 - Advanced Intermediate Chinese II

This is a continuation of Advanced Intermediate Chinese I CHI 301. In this class, students continue to build vocabulary and sentence structures of Mandarin Chinese. More importantly, students shall become more proficient in the language, both written and spoken. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: CHI 301.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 321 - Ancient Chinese Culture

Explores the beautiful and rich lifestyle of ancient China through arts, music, and literature in translation. Covers archaic times (12th century B.C.) through post Han dynasty (fifth century A.D.). Offered fall semester on demand.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 322 - Classical Chinese Culture

Explores the beautiful and rich lifestyle of classical China through art, music, and literature in translation. Covers the Sui-T’ang (sixth century A.D.) through the Ch’ing dynasty (19th century). Offered winter semester on demand.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 323 - Late Imperial Chinese Culture

This course offers an overview of different components of Chinese civilization in the last three imperial dynasties: Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912). The course materials include fiction, drama, prose, poetry, biography and autobiography, and various forms of traditional arts. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Course offered winter semester of odd-numbered years.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 324 - Contemporary Chinese Culture

An introduction to contemporary Chinese popular culture. Using a variety of primary source materials, including film, television dramas, reality shows, literature, art, and artifacts, it explores popular culture’s relations to social change, public spaces, the state, individual freedom, collective justice, national and social identities, and globalization. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Part of the Globalization Issue. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 341 - Introduction to Classical Chinese

The classical Chinese language, also known as literary Chinese, is the doorway into the fascinating world of Chinese culture. It has been the primary form of communication for at least three thousand years. In this course, we will study the language through readings in early philosophical, historical, and poetic texts. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: CHI 201.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 351 - Practical Chinese

Learning a language from a textbook is only the beginning of the journey to becoming proficient in that language. This course will explore the practical uses of Mandarin Chinese in such areas as different forms of mass media, advertising, nonfiction reference materials, packaging, entertainment, music and the Internet. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: CHI 202.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 380 - Special Topics in Chinese

Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 385 - Supplementary Advanced Chinese

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. Credit may vary.
By permit only - Credits: 3

 

CHI 386 - Chinese Culture and Society - in Taiwan

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 387 - Chinese Culture and Society - in China

Of varying focus, the course makes use of the history, culture, and society of a host country in order to highlight disciplinary perspectives in context. To be taught in that country (or countries) as part of an approved study abroad program. By permit only. Credit may vary.
Credits: 3

 

CHI 399 - Independent Reading

Offered fall and winter semesters.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

CHI 480 - Special Topics in Chinese

Course content varies. Expectations of students approximate those in other 400-level courses. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Offered on sufficient demand.
Credits: 1 to 4

 

CHS 495 - Advanced Topics in Chinese Studies

Gives students the opportunity to integrate the diverse dimensions of Chinese Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. Through active reading, discussion, and production of a thesis, students will review Chinese literature and culture, historical and political trajectories, philosophical thoughts, the challenges of development and modernity, and major contemporary issues. Prerequisites: Senior standing with a major in Chinese Studies.
Offered winter semester - Credits: 3