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Program Description


The Chinese Program at Wooster introduces students to both Chinese language and culture. Its objective is to teach students the basic skills of reading, listening, speaking, and writing Chinese. Besides providing practical training in Chinese for career purposes, the program, including activities at the Chinese Language Suite in Luce, lectures by invited speakers, Chinese new year celebration, and language contest at Cleveland Confucius Institute, is also designed to help students achieve a basic understanding of China as a culture and society. The courses in Chinese language and literature, together with related courses in the departments of Anthropology, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, will give students a strong background in China and East Asia.

The major in Chinese Studies consists of at least eleven courses (maximum of 15 courses) beyond CHIN 101-102, including the following: CHIN 201, 202, 301, 302 (4 courses). CHIN 311 or 312 (1 course). CHIN 401, 451, 452 (3 courses). At least three (and no more than 7) courses from the following list, including courses from at least two departments other than CHIN: 220222223, 311 or 312 (depending on choice made above), 400; HIST 101 (when China-focused) 200, 201, 237; PHIL 232; RELS 216; SOC 211 (when China-focused). Completion of an approved off-campus study programs in China. Approved transfer credit from endorsed programs can count toward the major requirements. Students who wish to take the maximum number of courses for this major are encouraged to complete additional courses from the options offered in these major requirements.

A Chinese Studies minor consists of six courses: 3 language courses: Intermediate Chinese 201, 202 and 311, or the equivalents from endorsed off-campus programs. 3 cultural courses in translation from among the following CHIN: 220222223,  History 200: Traditional China * History 201: Modern China * History 237: The United States and China * Philosophy 222: Chinese Philosophy.

East Asian Studies major (EAST) consists of at least 11 courses (maximum of 15 courses) beyond CHIN 101-102, including the following: Chinese language and literature (2 courses): CHIN 201 and 202, or one other 200- or 300-level CHIN course. Chinese History and Culture (3 courses): HIST 200, 201, and one other Chinese history or culture course, chosen from HIST 101 (when China-focused), 237; SOC 211 (when China-focused), PHIL 232, RELS 216. Japanese and East Asian History and Culture (3 courses): HIST 206, ANTH 231, RELS 220. EAST 401, 451, 452 (3 courses) Participation in an approved off-campus study program in China or Japan. Approved transfer credit can count toward these major requirements. Students who wish to take the maximum number of courses for this major are encouraged to complete additional courses from the options offered in these major requirements.