Chinese Language and Culture Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Chinese Language and Culture, see recent courses and sample pathways to graduation.

Area of Concentration Requirements

To complete an AOC in Chinese, students are required to take a minimum of 12 courses, tutorials and ISPs, both within the Chinese program and in related fields, and a thesis focusing on any aspect of Chinese literature and culture. In addition to regular courses, students are encouraged to do ISPs and tutorials in areas of their interest. They are welcome to create specific topics and/or do advanced work in a specific genre or a time period after consulting with faculty.

Required courses in Chinese include six semester language courses, one (1) advanced reading in classical or modern Chinese, one (1) survey courses in classical or modern Chinese Literature and culture, one (1) tutorial in subjects of students’ interests and one (1) special topic course in classical or modern Chinese culture. Special topics and tutorials are interchangeable depending on course availability.

In addition, students must take two (2) China-/East Asia-related courses in other disciplines of humanities and social sciences including but not limited to political science, philosophy, religion, art/art history, history, gender studies, anthropology and sociology.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

To complete a combined AOC with another program, students are required to take five-semester course (or equivalent) of Chinese language, two (2) courses in classical or modern Chinese culture, and one (1) China-/East-Asia-related course in Humanities or social sciences.

Study Abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad at universities in China or Taiwan for at least one (1) semester since studying abroad is essential to language mastery and cultural learning. Credits will be transferred to New College, and placement tests will be given so as to place students in courses at appropriate levels. Please talk to faculty members in the Chinese program for additional information.

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VIEW CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE COURSES OFFERED IN LAST 5 YEARS

Recently offered courses

  • First-Year and Second-Year Modern Chinese,
  • Classical Chinese Literature: A Survey,
  • Modern Chinese Literature: A Survey,
  • New Chinese Cinemas of Greater China,
  • The Writing of the Strange in Classical Chinese Literature,
  • Heroism and Chinese Narratives,
  • Chinese Martial Arts Film.

Sample 4 Year Pathway

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • LAC 1
  • First-Year Modern Chinese I
  • Content course in Chinese literature (either fall or spring)
  • Content course in Chinese or Asian history, religion, economics, politics (either fall or spring)
  • ISP 1 (project of the student’s interest in consultation with their sponsor and advisor)
  • LAC 2
  • First-Year Modern Chinese II
  • Content course in Chinese literature (either fall or spring)
  • Content courese in Chinese or Asian history, religion, economic, politics (either fall or spring)
Year 2
  • Second-Year Modern Chinese I
  • Content course in Chinese or Asian history, religion, economics, politics
  • LAC 3
  • LAC 4
  • ISP 2 (Ideally a project that helps exploring your interest in Chinese language and culture)
  • Second-Year Modern Chinese II
  • One content course in Chinese or Asian history, religion, economics, politics
  • LAC 5
  • LAC 6
Year 3
  • Third-Year Modern Chinese I
  • One special topic tutorial on Chinese literature
  • LAC 7
  • ISP 3 (required to be related to thesis project)
  • Third-Year Modern Chinese II
  • Course on critical theories
  • LAC 8
  • Study abroad (highly recommended for one summer or semester)
Year 4
  • Advanced tutorial on Chinese language
  • Special topic tutorial (optional)
  • Thesis tutorial
 
  • Advanced tutorial on Chinese language (optional)
  • Thesis tutorial

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • Third-Year Modern Chinese I (the student came with previous studies of Chinese equivalent to our first two years; LAC1)
  • Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature: A Survey (LAC2)
  • Politics of China: Communism and Change
  • Critical Theory in the US: An Introduction
  • ISP 1 (Exploring Thesis Projects)
  • Third-Year Modern Chinese II
  • Classical Chinese literature: A Survey (LAC 4)
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Women and Gender in China
Year 4
  • Reading The Three of Us (advance tutorial in Chinese language)
  • Advance tutorial in Chinese literature or culture related to thesis
  • Thesis tutorial
  • Chinese Religions
  • ISP 2 (Thesis Writing)
  • Advanced Chinese Tutorial (optionall)
  • Chinese Economy
  • Thesis Tutorial