Bachelor of Arts in Chinese

The major in Chinese helps students develop language skills along with disciplinary knowledge gained in courses on Chinese literature, film, and other aspects of culture and society. Students who begin their study of Chinese early in their university careers can attain a high level of proficiency in spoken and written Chinese by the time they graduate. A comprehensive array of content courses will enable students to achieve the cultural competencies needed for communicating effectively. All students majoring in Chinese will be strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad in intensive language study at a Chinese university to help them build their language skills while also fostering their cultural competencies. Other options for intensive language study that students will be encouraged to consider include university-based summer intensive Chinese language programs (in China or the U.S.) and/or a full year of intensive language study abroad.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese prepares students to begin post-graduation careers in fields ranging from government to business that require or benefit from China-related expertise. The degree also prepares students to transition to graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences as well as to professional schools in areas such as law and information sciences. 

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are CHI 4296 and CHI 4297.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • Distribution Requirement for Humanities majors: Six upper level credits must be earned in the Social Science, Science, and/or interdisciplinary subject areas. Select from the following CLA departments and programs: Africology & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, Global Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, Liberal Arts, Neuroscience (CLA), Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.

    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all CLA/CST coursework, and in the major department.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.

    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • The requirements for the major in Chinese exceed the CLA minimum for this requirement.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements: Ten courses in Chinese (30 credits)

The Chinese major is 10 courses/30 credits after the prerequisites of CHI 1001, CHI 1002, CHI 2001, and CHI 2002 (or equivalent in transfer or experience) with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent placement.

Course levels are incremental in skills and content. Language courses must be taken sequentially (Chinese culture, film, and literature courses taught in English can be taken concurrently with language courses).

CHI 3001Chinese Advanced I3
CHI 3002Chinese Advanced II3
CHI 4001Chinese Culture and Civilization3
CHI 4296Chinese Composition3
CHI 4297Chinese Capstone Seminar3
Four Chinese 2000+ Electives (Upper Level Electives in Literature, Film, and Descriptive Linguistics) 112
One Chinese 3000+ Elective (Advanced Elective in Literature, Film, and Descriptive Linguistics)3
Total Credit Hours30
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 One of the electives must focus on the Premodern period.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Chinese

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
CHI 1001Chinese Elements I4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CHI 1002Chinese Elements II [LC]4
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
CHI 2001Chinese Intermediate I [LC]3
CHI 2000+ Elective (Literature, Film, Descriptive Linguistics - premodern)3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CHI 2002Chinese Intermediate II3
CHI 2000+ Elective (Literature, Film, or Descriptive Linguistics)3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CHI 3001Chinese Advanced I3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CHI 2000+ Elective (Literature, Film, or Descriptive Linguistics)3
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
CHI 3002Chinese Advanced II3
CHI 3000+ Elective (Literature, Film, or Descriptive Linguistics)3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CHI 4001Chinese Culture and Civilization3
CHI 4296Chinese Composition [WI]3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CHI 4297Chinese Capstone Seminar [WI] (Literature, Film, or Descriptive Linguistics)3
CHI 2000+ Elective (Literature, Film, or Descriptive Linguistics)3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College6
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123