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.

VIEW CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE ACADEMIC LEARNING COMPACT

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 PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Chinese Language and Culture

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1First-Year Modern Chinese IISPFirst-Year Modern Chinese II
Content course in Chinese literature (either fall or spring)Content course in Chinese literature (either fall or spring)
Content course in Chinese or Asian history, religion, economics, politics (either fall or spring)Content courese in Chinese or Asian history, religion, economic, politics (either fall or spring)
LAC 1LAC 2
Year 2Second-Year Modern Chinese IIdeally a project that helps exploring your interest in Chinese language and cultureSecond-Year Modern Chinese II
Content course in Chinese or Asian history, religion, economics, politicsOne content course in Chinese or Asian history, religion, economics, politics
LAC 3LAC 5
LAC 4LAC 6
Year 3Third-Year Modern Chinese IISP exploring thesis projectsThird-Year Modern Chinese II
One special topic tutorial on Chinese literatureCourse on critical theories
LAC 7LAC 8
Study abroad (highly recommended for one summer or semester)
Year 4Advanced tutorial on Chinese languageISP writing thesisAdvanced tutorial on Chinese language (optional)
Special topic tutorial (optional)Thesis tutorial
Thesis tutorial

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Chinese Language and Culture

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)ISP in Art History (recommended)Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
Studio Art Course (if not already taken at another institution)Ways of Seeing Seminar (or equivalent tutorial, if seminar course is not taught this year)
1st Semester of Foreign LanguageSecond Semester of Foreign Language
Year 4Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)ISP 2Period Course in Art History (Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; Modern; Contemporary)
Additional Course or Tutorial in Art History (may include an internship or relevant course in another discipline)Additional Course or Tutorial in Art History (may include an internship or relevant course in another discipline)
Art History Senior Seminar/Thesis TutorialSenior Thesis Tutorial
Third Semester of Foreign Language (unless student placed out of initial introductory semester)