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Bachelor of Arts, Chinese Studies

The major in Chinese Studies at NNU provides students an opportunity to enroll in foundational courses in Mandarin and Chinese culture at NNU and then continue advanced study of language and culture in China or at other universities with accredited programs in Chinese Studies. Courses in Mandarin and Chinese Culture are taught through NNU’s Confucius Institute, a partnership between NNU, Northwest University in Xi’an, China, and China’s Hanban Institute. Faculty members in the Chinese Studies Program are heritage speakers from Northwest University, and students in the program have the opportunity to study at Northwest or other universities in China. Students in Chinese Studies will learn increasingly complex grammar, Chinese characters, the pinyin phonetic system, and conversational Mandarin. Students are required to study abroad in China or at an accredited university with upper-division content in Chinese Studies.

Administrator: Chair, Department of Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies

Requirements: 49 credits (40 in Chinese Studies, of which 23 credits shall be numbered above 2999)
CHIN1010. Elementary Chinese (4)
CHIN1020. Elementary Chinese (4)
CHIN1094. Topics in Chinese Culture, Literature or Linguistics (3)
CHIN2010. Intermediate Chinese (4)
CHIN2020. Intermediate Chinese (4)
CHIN3010. Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
CHIN3020. Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
Six upper-division elective credits in Chinese Studies (6)

Two courses (6) selected from the following:
HIST3500. The Dragon and the Rising Sun (3)
POLS3330. U.S. Foreign Policy (3)
POLS3610. Comparative Politics (3)
CLTA 3180. Race, Class, and Gender (3)
ECON4050. Global Economics (3)

Two courses (6) selected from the following:
ENGL3420. Foreign Literature in Translation (3)
ENGL4270. Minority Voices in American Literature (3)
THEO3630. Exploring Western World Religious Traditions (3)
THEO3640. Exploring Eastern World Religious Traditions (3)

Cultural Immersion Experience: Students who have not lived in a cultural setting where Mandarin is the primary language are required to study, travel, or work in such a setting for an extended period of time. Examples of acceptable experiences are a college-level summer school session, or academic-year program at Northwest University in Xi’an, China, or an accredited Chinese Studies Program. Approved Off-Campus (OCAM prefix) courses or approved transfer courses from travel-study programs may be substituted for courses listed in the categories above. Prior approval of a travel-study program must be obtained from the chair of the department and NNU’s off campus opportunities office.