B.A. Major in Asian Studies: Chinese Concentration

The concentration in Chinese can be pursued along one of two tracks, depending on the student’s initial Chinese language placement. Students whose initial language placement is above CHIN 305 or 313 should consult the department.  Track A is for students who have completed CHIN 204; track B is for students who have completed CHIN 212.  Both require eight courses.

Core Requirements (Track A)

CHIN 305: Advanced Chinese I
CHIN 306: Advanced Chinese II
CHIN 407: Readings in Modern Chinese I
CHIN 408: Readings in Modern Chinese II

One of the following courses:

CHIN 440: Advanced Chinese Grammar
CHIN 441: Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting
CHIN 442: Modern Chinese Society
CHIN 443: Business Communication in Chinese
CHIN 490: Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
CHIN 525: Ancient Philosophers and their Modern Reincarnation
CHIN 532: Modernizing the Chinese Language
CHIN 590: Advanced Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
CHIN 631: Writing Chinese (in) America: Advanced Studies of a Foreign Literature from U.S. Homeland

Either of the following courses:

CHIN 510: Introduction to Classical Chinese
CHIN 511: Literary Chinese

Two culture courses, chosen from the following:

ASIA 52: First-Year Seminar: Food in Chinese Culture
ASIA 55: First-Year Seminar: Kung-fu: The Concept of Heroism in Chinese Culture
ASIA/WMST 56: First-Year Seminar: Writing Women in Modern China
ASIA 65: First-Year Seminar: Philosophy on Bamboo: Rethinking Early Chinese Thought
ASIA 453: Global Shangri-La: Tibet in the Modern World
ASIA 692H: Senior Honors Thesis II
CHIN 150: Introduction to Chinese Civilization
CHIN 231: Chinese Literature in Translation Through the T’ang
CHIN 232: Chinese Literature in Translation Since the Sung
CHIN 242: Chinese Qin Music
CHIN 244: Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture through Cinema
CHIN 252: Introduction to Chinese Culture Through Narrative
CHIN 253: Chinese Language and Society
CHIN 255: Bandit or Hero: Outlawry in Chinese Literature and Films
CHIN 342: The Rise of China: A Global and Multidisciplinary Approach
CHIN 346: History as Fiction or Fiction as History?  Early Chinese History in Film and Literature
CHIN 354: Chinese Culture through Calligraphy
CHIN 356: Chinese Environmental Literature
CHIN 361: Chinese Traditional Theater
CHIN 367: Illustration and the Animation of Text
CHIN 463: Narrative Ethics in Modern China
CHIN 464: The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film
CHIN 531: The Chinese Zither in Poetry and Painting
CHIN 551: Chinese Poetry in Translation
CHIN 552: Chinese Prose in Translation
CHIN 562: Contemporary Chinese Urban Culture and Arts
CHIN 563: Post-Mao Chinese Literature in Translation

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet core requirements for the concentration.

Additional Requirements (Track A)

CHIN 101, 102, 203, and 204

Core Requirements (Track B)

CHIN 313: Advanced Written Chinese
CHIN 414: Advanced Reading and Composition

Either of the following courses:

CHIN 510: Introduction to Classical Chinese
CHIN 511: Literary Chinese

Three of the following courses:

CHIN 440: Advanced Chinese Grammar
CHIN 441: Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting
CHIN 443: Business Communication in Chinese
CHIN 490: Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
CHIN 525: Ancient Philosophers and their Modern Reincarnation
CHIN 532: Modernizing the Chinese Language
CHIN 590: Advanced Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
CHIN 631: Writing Chinese (in) America: Advanced Studies of a Foreign Literature from U.S. Homeland

Two culture courses chosen from the list given above for Track A.

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet core requirements for the concentration.

Additional Requirements (Track B)

CHIN 111 and 212

Approved courses taken in UNC–Chapel Hill-sponsored study abroad programs may count in the concentration. No more than one first-year seminar or senior honors thesis course may be included among the two culture courses.

Students majoring in Chinese are also encouraged to take the following courses as electives or to fulfill some of the General Education requirements: ANTH/ASIA 545, 574, 578, 682; GEOG/ASIA 265; HIST/ASIA 133, 134, 282; RELI/ASIA 183, 284.

With the approval of the associate chair of Asian studies, a student may count a course in directed readings (ASIA 496 or CHIN 496) in the concentration in Chinese. To register for ASIA 496 or CHIN 496, a student must obtain the approval of the associate chair and the faculty member who will supervise the project.

Of the eight courses in the concentration in Chinese, at least six must be passed with a grade of C (not C-) or better. No course in the concentration may be taken Pass/D+/D/Fail.