Chinese Studies

Chinese Studies Major | Chinese Studies Minor | Faculty

The Chinese Studies program offers students a diverse curriculum centered on Chinese language, literature, culture and society. Its rigorous language curriculum stresses verbal and textual mastery, cultural competency, and includes courses in Chinese linguistics and language pedagogy. Content courses explore both ancient and modern Chinese literature, visual arts, society, history, philosophy, and economics.  The Chinese Studies faculty stress both global/transnational perspectives and area/regional knowledge and linguistic skills, in order to best prepare students for a broad spectrum of future educational and career goals and opportunities.  DAAAS offers a master of arts field, major and minor in Chinese Studies.

Chinese Studies Major

The Chinese Studies major consists of 11 courses:

Language Requirements

Students are required to successfully complete the following four language courses: Chin 203 Intermediate Chinese I; Chin 204 Intermediate Chinese II; Chin 305 Advanced Chinese I; Chin 306 Advanced Chinese II. (Note: CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I and CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese II provide the basic linguistic knowledge and skills required to begin the major but do not count towards the major). After consultation and proficiency test assessment administered by Chinese Program faculty, students who already demonstrate competence in Mandarin at any of the required levels may waive part or all of the language requirements. Waived Chinese language courses will not count toward the major and must be replaced with other Chinese Studies courses to bring the total number of courses to eleven.  A letter grade of C or better is necessary for a course to count toward the Chinese Studies Major.

Elective Courses

Students choose six of the courses listed below (or other approved Chinese Studies courses as they become available). Students are also required to successfully complete one course designated as Asian American and Diasporic Studies. These courses must: 1) be taught by DAAAS faculty members; 2) be non-language courses; and 3) be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.

  • CHIN 202 Singing Chinese
  • CHIN 331 Readings in Chinese Culture
  • CHIN 350 Business Chinese
  • CHIN 351 Chinese Business Culture
  • CHIN 395 Internship
  • CHIN 471 Classical Chinese
  • AAAS 230 Contemporary Chinese Cinemas
  • AAAS 241 Classical Chinese Literature in Translation
  • AAAS 273 Chinese Civilization
  • AAAS 272 Island Culture: Taiwan Film and Fiction
  • AAAS 274 Modern China
  • AAAS 317 The Economy of China
  • AAAS 341 China and the West
  • AAAS 352 20th-Century Chinese Literature in Translation
  • AAAS 353 Prosody in Chinese Poetry
  • AAAS 374 Modern China
  • AAAS 461 Li Bai and Du Fu
  • AAAS 462 Confucius Analects
  • AAAS 464 Modern Chinese Poetry in Translation
  • AAAS 472 Chinese Women and the Family

In addition:

  • Two 400 level courses, at least one of which must be in Chinese Studies. These courses must: 1) be taught by DAAAS faculty; 2) be non-language courses; and 3) be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.
  • At least two additional elective courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.
  • At least six courses must be taken at Binghamton University.
  • No more than one course may be an independent study.
  • No more than one course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • A letter grade of C or better is necessary for a course to count toward the major. 

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Chinese Studies Minor

The minor in Chinese Studies consists of three required language courses and three Chinese Studies elective courses.  At least three of these six courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. 

Language Requirements: CHIN 203 (Intermediate Chinese I, CHIN 204 (Intermediate Chinese II, and CHIN 305 (Advanced Chinese I). (Note: CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I and CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese II provide the basic linguistic knowledge and skills required to begin the minor but do not count towards the minor.) After consultation and proficiency test assessment administered by Chinese Program faculty, students who demonstrate proficiency in Mandarin at any of the required levels may waive part or all of the language requirements. Waived Chinese language courses will not count toward the minor and must be replaced with other Chinese Studies courses to bring the total number of courses up to six.

Three Chinese Studies Elective Courses from the following list (or other Chinese Studies courses as they become available):

  • CHIN 202 Singing Chinese
  • AAAS 230 Contemporary Chinese Cinemas
  • AAAS 273 Chinese Civilization
  • AAAS 274 Modern China
  • CHIN 306 Advanced Chinese II
  • AAAS 317 The Economy of China
  • CHIN 350 Business Chinese
  • CHIN 351 Chinese Business Culture
  • AAAS 352 20th Century Chinese Literature in Translation
  • CHIN 395 Internship
  • AAAS 341 China and the West
  • AAAS 352 20th Century Chinese Literature in Translation
  • AAAS 461 Li Bai and Du Fu
  • AAAS 462 Confucius Analects
  • AAAS 464 Modern Chinese Poety in Translation
  • AAAS 471 Classical Chinese
  • AAAS 472 Chinese Women and the Family

In addition:

  • Only one course may be taken as an independent study.
  • Only one course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • At least four courses must be taken at Binghamton University.
  • A letter grade of C or better is necessary for a course to count toward the minor.

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Last Updated: 2/24/15