Chinese Course Descriptions

Introduction to the Chinese Language and Literature Major

Students who would like to major in Chinese must first consult the major advisor and submit a signed advising form.

Next step -- complete Declaration of Major form through DocuSign (found HERE).

Advisor: Charles A. Laughlin

The major in Chinese language and literature prepares students to handle a wide array of Chinese language materials and to communicate in Chinese on a broad array of topics with a robust of modern and classical Chinese language courses. The literature curriculum features many of the high points of China’s literary past and present in English translation, from the ancient The Book of Odes to classic poems of Tang and Song dynasties, classic fiction like Journey to the West and Dream of the Red Chamber, to modern works like Mao Dun’s Rainbow, Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City, and Yu Hua’s To Live. Through extensive coverage of language and literary culture, the Chinese major aims to produce students with the skills of cultural literacy and interpretation as well as linguistic proficiency. Students are also encouraged to demonstrate the integration of their skills and knowledge through the translation of literary works into English.


  • The average grade of C- or higher for the first two years of Chinese language instruction (CHIN 1010-1020, CHIN 2010-2020, including CHIN 2060).

Requirements:  31 credits with the following distribution

  • 3 credits from the gateway course for department majors EAST 1010.
  • 15 credits in Chinese language courses numbered higher than 3000. At the discretion of the student's advisor, 6 of these credits may be in two non-survey courses on Chinese literature in translation 
  • 6 credits consisting of two survey courses in Chinese literature in translation (Traditional and Modern): CHTR 3010 and CHTR 3020.
  • 3 credits in one course introducing classical Chinese (CHIN 4830 or CHIN 4840)
  • The departmental capstone, which includes one course (3 credits) in a non-survey Chinese literature or culture course CHTR at the 3000 or 4000 level AND the one-credit capstone seminar, CHTR 4991. Students must obtain official permission from the instructor to count the course toward the capstone requirement by the end of the first week of the semester. Independent study may not substitute. Distinguished Major theses fulfill the capstone requirement. For more information click here
  • a maximum of 15 study abroad credits and domestic transfer credits are allowed at the discretion of the student’s advisor;
  • students in this major must maintain a satisfactory grade point in the major and related courses each semester; satisfactory is defined as an average of C (i.e., 2.0); students not maintaining this grade point are subject to discontinuation from the major.
  • students who wish to double major are reminded that only two courses may count towards both majors


Declaration of Major Form

To download an advising form, click here. Our capstone enrollment forms and DMP forms are all housed on this page

The Minor in Chinese Language and Literature

Students who would like to minor in Chinese must first consult the major advisor and submit a signed advising form.

Next step -- complete Declaration of Minor form through DocuSign (found HERE).

Advisor: Charles A. Laughlin

  • 1020/1060-level in Chinese language. A grade of C- or higher must have been earned in each semester.
  • At least 21 credits with the following distribution:
  • 3 credits in EAST 1010
  • 18 credits comprised of six CHIN or CHTR courses of 3 or more credits at or above the 2000 level.
  • For Advising Form in the minor in Chinese Language and Literature, please click here.


Study Abroad Programs

For information on academic year and summer study abroad, please see the Study Abroad and Summer Study pages.


For information on scholarships and grant funding, please see the Grants page.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at