Chinese (CHIN)College of Arts and Humanities
2106 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4025
Associate Professors: M. Zhou
Assistant Professors: A. Schonebaum
Lecturers: M. Kong (Senior Lecturer), J. Lee-Heitz (Senior Lecturer), Y. Wang
Visiting Faculty: G. Hu (Visiting Assistant Professor)
The Chinese major (CHIN) provides the training and cultural background needed for entering East Asia-related careers in such fields as higher education, the arts, business, government, international relations, agriculture, or the media. Students may also consider a double major in Chinese and another discipline such as business, government and politics, economics, or journalism. Chinese students have the option of applying to live in St. Mary's Hall (Language House) and participating in a study abroad program.
Placement in Courses
Requirements for the Major
As of Fall 2007, the Chinese major requires 39 credits: 18 or language and 18 of non-language electives, as described below.
I. Language requirements. 18 credits of Chinese language at the 200 level or above. Students placing into the program at higher levels should reach at least the level of CHIN302 or CHIN306 but may substitute non-language courses on China-related subjects for some of these 18 credits. (The final decision on what substitute courses may be used for the major rests with the Chinese Program and Chinese Advisor.) Language courses accepted for the major include:
II. Literature. 3 credits of Chinese literature at 300 level or above. Courses accepted include:
III. Linguistics. CHIN307 and 3 credits of Chinese linguistics at 300 level or above. Courses accepted include:
IV. History/Civilization. 6 credits of Chinese history/civilization offered by other departments. Courses accepted include, but are not limited to:
"Special Topics" and "Colloquium" courses (those with variable numbers, ending in 8 or 9 and followed by a letter) may be acceptable depending on the actual title and content of the course at the time it is offered. The final determination is in the hands of the Chinese Program and the Chinese advisor.
Electives. 6 credits of electives at 300 level or above, subject to the advisor's approval. In addition to all the specific courses listed "Non-language Requirements" above, language courses and independent study may also be used toward this requirement.
Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.
Requirements for the Minor
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC)
The 15-credit minor in Chinese language will provide students with a sophisticated understanding of Chinese linguistic knowledge and an upper-level Chinese language skill. Students attempting this minor will need a strong background in Chinese at the level of Chinese 101 and CHIN102/103, which are prerequisites for some of the required courses. This minor will be of particular relevance to students with broad interest in learning Chinese language. Students interested in taking this minor program should contact the Chinese advisor in the Department of Asian and East European Languages and Literatures of the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
A: Four 3-credit language courses from among the following - 12 credits
CHIN201 Intermediate Spoken Chinese I
B: One 3-credit linguistics-oriented course from the following - 3 credits
CHIN421 Sounds and Transcriptions of Mandarin Chinese
To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors
Undergraduate Research Experiences
The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding Juniors and/or Seniors to display their research projects. The Forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).
Annual Language Career and Internship Fair
Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center. For more information see the SLLC website www.sllc.umd.edu/ .
Language Partner Program (LPP)
The Language Partner Program is a joint venture between the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Office of International Services, and Education Abroad. International students and SLLC majors are assigned in pairs to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom to work in an informal yet structured way on the listening, speaking, and cultural acquisition skills of SLLC majors. SLLC students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and at the intermediate to advanced level sign up for a 1cr SLLC309 - Language Partner Program.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Individual SLLC departments hold annual induction ceremonies for students who are eligible for honor society membership.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Awards and Recognition
The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.