Chinese B.A.

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Degree Requirements

Preparation for Major (18 units):

  • Chinese 1A Elementary Mandarin (5 units)
  • Chinese 1B Elementary Mandarin (5 units)
  • Chinese 25A Intermediate Chinese (5 units)
  • Chinese 25B Intermediate Chinese (5 units)

Requirements in the Major, All of the Following (9 units):

  • Chinese 101A Advanced Chinese (3 units)
  • Chinese 101B Advanced Chinese (3 units)
  • Chinese 102 Chinese Culture (3 units)

Six (6) Courses Selected from the Following (18 units):

  • Chinese 110 Structure of the Chinese Language (3 units)
  • Chinese 111 Advanced Mandarin Conversation (3 units)
  • Chinese 120A Modern Chinese Literature (1900-49) (3 units)
  • Chinese 120B Classical Chinese Literature (3 units)
  • Chinese 130 Directed Readings on Chinese Culture (3 units)
  • Chinese 140 Chinese Culture and Politics Through Literature (3 units)
  • Chinese 141 Classical Chinese Drama & Poetry (3 units)
  • Chinese 160 Special Topics in Chinese Studies (3 units)

Electives (0-9 units), Any of the Above Not Included in the Major and:

  • Chinese 10A Conversational Cantonese (3 units)
  • Chinese 10B Conversational Cantonese (3 units)
  • Chinese 132 Business Chinese (3 units)
  • Chinese 180 Individual Studies in Chinese (3 units)
  • FOR L 193 Languages and Cultures of the Far East (3 units)
  • History 109 A/B History of China (3 units)

Other Requirements:

  • FL 100W Writing Workshop (3 units)
  • 1 year of a second foreign language (10 units)
  • Language majors are required to have a minor.
    A minor in a second language is recommended, which will simultaneously satisfy the requirement of one year of a second language.

Chinese B.A. Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  1. Develop competence in speaking and listening comprehension in Mandarin Chinese.
  2. Command basic Chinese vocabulary. Refine grammatical structures and engage in critical thinking through a variety of tasks, activities, and assignments.
  3. Read authentic material in Chinese for informative purposes.
  4. Write in Chinese simple narration and description about given topics and events.
  5. Develop understanding of the traditional Chinese culture in light of contemporary values.
  6. Be able to compare systematically the ideas, values, images, or attitudes of people from various Chinese communities. Be able to identify the historic context of these ideas and cultural practices. Be able to explain how Chinese culture changes in response to internal and external pressures.
  7. Critical reading of pre-modern Chinese prose, poetry, and drama.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Yao, Yao
Chinese Coordinator, Chinese Assistant Professor, Chinese Advisor
Clark Hall 410G
408-924-4613
yao.yao@sjsu.edu