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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Chinese (CHIN)

College of Arts and Humanities
2106 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4239
www.chinese.umd.edu
Chair: S. Ramsey (Professor)
Associate Professors: L. Yotsukura, M. Zhou
Assistant Professors: M. Mason, S. Naito, A. Schonebaum
Lecturers: K. Akikawa, M. Inoue (Senior Lecturer), M. Kong (Senior Lecturer), J. Lee-Heitz (Senior Lecturer), C. Pimentel, Y. Ramsey (Senior Lecturer), Y. Wang, E. Yamakita (Senior Lecturer)
Visiting Faculty: G. Hu (Visiting Assistant Professor)

The Major

The Chinese Major (CHIN), www.chinese.umd.edu, www.sllc.umd.edu, is housed in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALL-Chinese, Japanese, Korean).

The Chinese major 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.

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:

CHIN201/202

Intermediate Spoken Chinese I and Intermediate Written Chinese I (must be taken and passed together)

CHIN203/204

Intermediate Spoken Chinese II and Intermediate Written Chinese II (must be taken together and passed together)

CHIN301

Advanced Chinese I

CHIN302

Advanced Chinese II

CHIN305

Life in China through TV Plays I

CHIN306

Life in China through TV Plays II

CHIN401

Readings in Modern Chinese I

CHIN402

Readings in Modern Chinese II

CHIN418A

Special Topics in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film: Sex and the City: Literary and Filmic Representations of Women (taught in Chinese)

CHIN418B

Special Topics in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film: The Representation of Youth (taught in Chinese)

CHIN441

Traditional Chinese Fiction (taught in Chinese)

CHIN442

Modern Chinese Fiction (taught in Chinese)

II. Literature. 3 credits of Chinese literature at 300 level or above. Courses accepted include:

CHIN314

Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation

CHIN315

Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

CHIN316

Traditional Chinese Values

CHIN418A

Special Topics in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film: Sex and the City: Literary and Filmic Representations of Women (taught in Chinese)

CHIN418B

Special Topics in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film: The Representation of Youth (taught in Chinese)

CHIN442

Modern Chinese Fiction

III. Linguistics. CHIN307 and 3 credits of Chinese linguistics at 300 level or above. Courses accepted include:

CHIN421

Sounds and Transcriptions of Mandarin Chinese

CHIN422

Advanced Chinese Grammar

CHIN423

Chinese Historical Phonology

CHIN424

Linguistics of the Chinese Writing System

CHIN428

Selected Topics in Chinese Linguistics

EALL300

The Languages of East Asia

IV. History/Civilization. 6 credits of Chinese history/civilization offered by other departments. Courses accepted include, but are not limited to:

EALL310

Asian Culture and the Sinosphere

HIST284

East Asian Civilization I

HIST285

East Asian Civilization II

HIST480

History of Traditional China

HIST481

A History of Modern China

"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.

Study Abroad
For information on study abroad programs see the program advisor and/or the Education Abroad website www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad .

Requirements for the Minor

Chinese Language

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SLLC)
www.chinese.umd.edu

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.

Requirements

A: Four 3-credit language courses from among the following - 12 credits

CHIN201    Intermediate Spoken Chinese I
CHIN202    Intermediate Written Chinese I
CHIN203    Intermediate Spoken Chinese II
CHIN204    Intermediate Written Chinese II
CHIN205    Intermediate Chinese - Accelerated Track
CHIN207    Linguistic Resources for Students of Chinese
CHIN301    Advanced Chinese I
CHIN302    Advanced Chinese II
CHIN305    Life in China through TV Plays I
CHIN306    Life in China through TV Plays II
CHIN321    Classical Chinese I                                                                                                                      CHIN322    Classical Chinese II
CHIN401    Readings in Modern Chinese I
CHIN402    Readings in Modern Chinese II
CHIN408    Classical Chinese II
CHIN411    Business Chinese I
CHIN412    Business Chinese II
CHIN413    Advanced Conversation and Composition
CHIN415    Readings in Current Newspapers and Periodicals
CHIN431    Translation and Interpretation I
CHIN432    Translation and Interpretation II
CHIN441    Traditional Chinese Fiction
CHIN442    Modern Chinese Fiction

B: One 3-credit linguistics-oriented course from the following - 3 credits

CHIN421    Sounds and Transcriptions of Mandarin Chinese
CHIN422    Advanced Chinese Grammar
CHIN423    Chinese Historical Phonology
CHIN424    Linguistics of the Chinese Writing System
CHIN428    Selected Topics in Chinese Linguistics

  • The course CHIN 331 "Chinese Calligraphy: Theory and Practice" may not be used for the Chinese major or minor.
  • Students must receive a "C-" or better in all courses used for the minor. 9 of the 15 credits must be  upper-level courses.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
  • No more than six of the fifteen credits toward the minor may be taken at an institution other than UMCP.

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).

Internships

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/ .

Co-op Programs

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. 

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.

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