Chinese Studies Majors

Chinese Language and Literature

Students who major in Chinese Language and Literature focus on the study of Chinese language, literature, and culture, with the aim of achieving proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, including speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The major requires courses aimed at helping majors to develop a comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture through the study of literature, humanities, and social sciences. It also requires a course in either literary theory or translation.

Because proficiency in Mandarin is difficult to achieve in eight semesters, the major requires intensive study of the language through study abroad. A minimum of two semesters abroad OR one semester plus a summer of study in China or a Chinese-speaking country is required. Students may combine a formal program with a summer of independent research. Intensive study in the United States (Middlebury, Monterrey) may count toward this requirement.

Honors

Chinese Language and Literature majors who maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 in major courses and successfully complete an honors thesis will receive honors in the program.

For a complete list of major requirements and course track electives, visit the College Catalog.

East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies majors gain a comprehensive knowledge of at least one East Asian civilization, including its culture, history and contemporary conditions. East Asian is an interdisciplinary major. It requires study of language, literature, history, religion, and social sciences. Advanced study of Chinese language is the core of the major, because the body of knowledge comprising an East Asian Studies Major cannot be mastered without advanced language study. (Students who become proficient in Chinese by the sophomore year may study a second East Asian language for the major, including during study abroad). East Asian Studies majors will be prepared for graduate study in East Asian Studies and other disciplines with an East Asian focus.

Study or independent research in East Asia (summer, semester, or year) is required. Intensive training in the United States in an East Asian language (Middlebury, Monterrey) may count toward this requirement.

Honors

East Asian Studies majors who maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 in major courses and successfully complete an honors thesis will receive honors in East Asian Studies.

Additional information on the East Asian Studies Major is available in the College Catalog.