Requirements for the Major

The Chinese Program trains students to achieve fluency in the Chinese language and to think critically about Chinese literature and culture. Chinese majors pursue parallel tracks, taking language courses and literature/culture courses in translation, that culminate in advanced work on literature/culture at the 300- level. To this end, students are strongly encouraged to begin their Chinese language study during their first year at Wellesley. Students with Chinese language background must take a placement test to determine their proper courses. In addition, the EALC department strongly recommends that all majors spend at least a summer or a semester studying at an approved program in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong

The major consists of a minimum of eight units and normally includes CHIN 202, 301 and 302 (for the less advanced language track) and 203, 204, and 306 or 307 (for the more advanced language track), plus five additional units in Chinese literature, linguistics, language, comparative East Asian literature, or East Asian Studies. At least two of these additional units must be non-language units taken within the department, and at least one of the departmental non- language courses must be a literature course at the 300-level. CHIN 306 and 307 are open to students who have completed CHIN 302, subject to instructor consent. In rare cases, and only with departmental permission, students will be permitted to move from the more advanced language track into the less advanced track. Students entering with very advanced language preparation may substitute literature units as necessary, with departmental permission. CHIN 101, 102, 103, 104, and 201 may be counted toward the degree but not toward the major. Students who have completed 306 or 307 or the equivalent may request to do an independent study using CHIN 350. Requests for independent studies using Chinese from students on the less advanced track who have completed 302 may also be considered. Those who wish to do an independent study that does not require Chinese should register for 250. An adviser should be chosen from within the Department.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor in Chinese Language and Cultures consists of five courses distributed as follows:

1.  Three core language courses to be fulfilled by either

a.  Less advanced track:  202, 301 and 302 
b.  More advanced track:  203, 204 and 306 or 307;

2.  One non-language course drawn from the offerings of faculty in EALC, including:

105, 150, 208, 210, 211/311, 212/312, 213, 223/323, 225, 230/330, 231/331, 232/332, 243, 244/344, 310, 317, 326, 338, and 339.

3. One non-language course drawn from the list above or from the courses approved by the program in East Asian Studies. 

With permission of the chair, students may select up to two courses from outside the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, at most one in language and at most one in a non-language discipline.  No more than one of these courses may be taken away from Wellesley. 

Students entering with advanced language preparation may substitute alternative literature/language courses as necessary with departmental permission.  Students should work out their program in consultation with their advisor.