Major/Minor Requirements

Chinese Language and Culture Major

Requirements for the Major in Chinese Language and Culture

The Chinese program trains students to achieve fluency in the Chinese language and to think critically about Chinese literature and culture. Chinese majors take courses in Chinese language, linguistics, literature, and culture, in translation and in the original, culminating in advanced work on literature, linguistics, and culture at the 300 level. 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.

For students entering before 2014, the major consists of a minimum of eight units distributed as follows:
1. Three core language courses to be fulfilled by either
     a) Track 1: CHIN 202, CHIN 301, and CHIN 302; OR
     b) Track 2: CHIN 203, CHIN 204, and either CHIN 306 or CHIN 307
2. Two non-language courses taken within the department, at least one of which must be a literature course (excluding CHIN 350) at the 300 level.
3. Three additional units in Chinese literature, linguistics, language, comparative East Asian literature, or East Asian Studies.

For students entering in Fall 2014 and later, the major consists of a minimum of eight courses distributed as follows:
1. Three core language courses to be fulfilled by either
     a) Track 1: CHIN 202, CHIN 301, and CHIN 302; OR
     b) Track 2: CHIN 203, CHIN 204, and one of the following: CHIN 306, CHIN 307, or CHIN 310
2. Three non-language courses drawn from the offerings of faculty in EALC, including:
CHIN 208, CHIN 211/CHIN 311, CHIN 243, CHIN 244/CHIN 344, CHIN 245/CHIN 345, CHIN 326, CHIN 338, CHIN 381 and EALC 121, EALC 225/EALC 325. One non-language course must be in premodern literature or culture. Two non-language courses must be at the 300-level.
3. Two additional courses in Chinese language, literature, culture, or linguistics. These two courses may be taken within the department or drawn from the courses approved by the program in East Asian Studies, providing they have a substantial China focus. With the chair's permission, one of these two may be a course in Japanese or Korean language, literature, culture, or linguistics.
Other considerations:
• CHIN 101, CHIN 102, CHIN 103, CHIN 104, and CHIN 201 may be counted toward the degree but not the major.
• Students entering with advanced language preparation may, with departmental permission, substitute additional Chinese literature, culture, or linguistics courses, or up to 2 courses in another East Asian language offered within the department, for some or all of the core language classes listed above. Students should work out their program in consultation with their advisors.

Chinese Language and Culture Related Courses:
CPLT 236/EALC 236 The Girl in Modern East Asian Culture (In English)
LING 244 Language: Form and Meaning
LING 245 Language: Meaning and Context
EALC 121 Gateways to East Asia (in English)
EALC 225 Traditional Romances of East Asia (in English)
EALC 253/THST 253 Telling Stories in China, Japan, and Korea: The Performing Tradition in East Asia
EALC 325 Traditional Romances of East Asia (in English)

 

Chinese Language and Culture Minor

Requirements for the Minor in Chinese Language and Culture

The minor in Chinese Language and Culture consists of five courses distributed as follows:
1. Two core language courses to be fulfilled by either
     a. Track 1: CHIN 202 and CHIN 301 or
     b. Track 2: CHIN 204, and one of the following: CHIN 306 or CHIN 307, or CHIN 310
2. Two non-language CHIN or EALC courses drawn from the offerings of faculty in the department, including one at the 300-level (not including CHIN 310):
CHIN 208, CHIN 211/CHIN 311, CHIN 243, CHIN 244/CHIN 344, CHIN 245/CHIN 345, CHIN 326, CHIN 338, CHIN 339, CHIN 381 and EALC 121, EALC 225/EALC 325.
The fifth course may be a non-language course drawn from the above, an advanced language course (for Track 1, 302 or above; for Track 2, any of 306, 307, or 310), or, with permission of the chair, a course with significant China-related content taken outside the department. Two units toward the minor may be transferred from another institution.
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 advisors.