Chinese Studies

Program Description

The Chinese Studies major and minor are interdisciplinary in nature. Students are offered a structured approach to the study of Chinese history, art, language, literature, customs, culture, economy, and politics while allowing the flexibility to pursue individual areas of interest.

Students pursuing a program in Chinese Studies are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a semester or a year in China. Gettysburg College is affiliated with study-abroad programs in Beijing and Shanghai jointly administered by CET Academic Programs, Capital Normal University, and Donghua University. In addition to language study through the advanced level, the program offers a wide range of courses appropriate to the China specialization within the East Asian Studies major or minor.


Program Requirements

 


East Asian Studies Major – Chinese Track Requirements: Effective with the class of 2018

Students pursuing the East Asian Studies Major – Chinese Track must complete eleven courses consisting of three core courses, two language study courses, two electives, three disciplinary cluster courses, and a capstone course.

  • Core Courses:
    AS 151 Chinese Culture & Society, HIST 223 Modern China, and one comparative course. A comparative is either a course with a broad East Asian Focus or a course on Japan.

    Potential Comparative Courses:
    PHIL 240: World Philosophy
    REL 244: Introduction to Buddhism
    ARTH 131: Introduction to Asian Art
    ECON 213: East Asian Economic History and Development
    HIST 221: History of East Asia to 1800
    HIST 222: History of East Asia from 1800 to the Present
    PSYCH 210: Cultural Psychology
    REL 210: Buddhist Spiritual Autobiographies

 

  • Language study:
    CHN 301 and CHN 302 or their equivalent as determined by placement tests.*

    *Kindly note that CHN 101 & 102: Beginning Chinese and CHN 201 & 202: Intermediate Chinese are pre-requisites for CHN 301 and CHN 302, but do not count towards the major. However, students who have previously studied Chinese may enter the 200-level as determined by the language placement exam.
    Chinese language proficiency at the 202 level is required and determined by the department.

 

  • Electives:
    Students will select two courses that focus on China from the following three categories: Arts & Humanities, History & Social Sciences, and Language (beyond CHN 302 or in Japanese).

    Arts & Humanities:
    ARTH 131: Introduction to Asian Art
    ARTH 234: Arts of China
    ARTH 235: Chinese Painting and Aesthetics
    FILM 262: Hong Kong Cinema
    AS 225: Contemporary Chinese Writers
    AS 222: China: 30 Years in Literature and Film
    REL 210: Buddhist Spiritual Autobiographies
    REL 244: Introduction to Buddhism
    REL 248: Religions of China
    REL 254: Intro to Confucianism

    History & Social Sciences:
    AS 224: Chinese Folklore
    AS/ANTH 229: Tourism and Culture in China
    ECON 213: East Asian Economic History and Development
    HIST 221: East Asia to 1800
    HIST 222: East Asia 1800 to the Present
    HIST 223: Modern China
    POL 270: Government and Politics in China
    PSYCH 210: Cultural Psychology
    SOC 243: Chinese Diaspora

    Language:
    CHN 401: Advanced Chinese
    CHN 407: China in Literature and Media – High Advanced Level Chinese
    JPN 101: Elementary Japanese
    JPN 102: Elementary Japanese

 

  • Disciplinary cluster:
    Students will select two courses in a discipline and the methods course of that discipline. Courses must be approved by the East Asian Studies Department, and at least one course must focus on China or East Asia. Potential areas of disciplinary focus are listed below:

    Potential Areas of disciplinary focus:

    Anthropology: bsp;
    ANTH 103: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
    AS/ANTH 229: Tourism & Culture in China
    ANTH 323: Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

    Art History:
    ARTH 131: or other approved 100-level
    ARTH 214: Methods
    ARTH 234 or 235

    History:
    HIST 110 or other approved 100-level
    HIST 300: Methods
    Course on East Asian history

    Political Science:
    POL 104: Intro to Comparative Politics
    POL 215: Methods
    POL 270: Politics of China

    Economics:
    ECON 104: Intro to Macroeconomics
    ECON 213: East Asian Economics
    ECON 251: International Economics

    Religious Studies:
    REL 244: Intro to Buddhism
    REL 200 level Research/Methods
    East Asian Religion course

    Sociology:
    SOC 101, 102, or 103
    SOC 243: Chinese Diaspora
    SOC 302: Methods

    Film Studies:
    FILM 101: Introduction to film
    FILM 252 or FILM/IDS226
    East Asian film course

    Literature:
    ENG 298 or 299: Methods
    ENG 111 or other approved 100-level
    AS Literature/Theater class

 

  • Capstone experience:
    Students will complete one capstone course taken in the form of seminar or an independent study to be completed in the senior year. A substantial paper (25+ pages) and an oral presentation open to the faculty, majors and minors and guests are required. The topic of the paper must be mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her advisor. It is expected that the paper will build upon the courses constituting the student's "disciplinary focus."

Check Sheet for East Asian Studies Major-Chinese Track – Effective with the Class of 2018


East Asian Studies Minor –Chinese Track Requirements: Effective with the class of 2018

The East Asian Studies minor with a specialization in China requires six courses.

  • Core Courses: Students take one core course: AS 151: Chinese Culture & Society
  • Electives: Students take three elective courses specializing in China. These courses must come from three different disciplines, with at least one course from the arts & humanities and one from the history & social sciences.*
  • Comparative Course: Students take one course that offers a comparative perspective within East Asia or focuses on Japan.*
  • Language: Students specializing in China must take CHN 201: Intermediate Chinese.**

* Categories and potential courses appear above in the description for the Chinese major requirements.

**CHN 101 & 102: Beginning Chinese are pre-requisites for CHN 201 but do not count towards the minor. However, students who have previously studied Chinese may enter the 200-level as determined by the language placement exam. Chinese language proficiency at the 202 level is required and determined by the department.

Check Sheet for East Asian Studies Minor - Effective with the Class of 2018

Course Listing

Course level:

Course level: 100 | 200 | 300 | 400
CHN-101 Beginning Chinese
Introduction to the fundamentals of Chinese language (Mandarin)--speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The course focuses on interactive communication, essential grammatical structures, and basic vocabulary and usages. Students learn communicative skills regarding daily life, college activities, and basic social interaction. Students master approximately 700 characters.


CHN-102 Beginning Chinese
Introduction to the fundamentals of Chinese language (Mandarin)--speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The course focuses on interactive communication, essential grammatical structures, and basic vocabulary and usages. Students learn communicative skills regarding daily life, college activities, and basic social interaction. Students master approximately 700 characters. Prerequisite: Chinese 101 with a C- or better or placement.


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CHN-201 Intermediate Chinese
Continuation of beginning Chinese. The course further develops skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with a rigorous training to improve aural-oral proficiency and to assure mastery of 800 additional characters. Upon completion of the course, students are able to talk about topics of personal interest and familiar social events, write short essays, and have a good command of 1,500 characters. Prerequisite: Chinese 102 with a C- or better or placement.


CHN-202 Intermediate Chinese
Continuation of beginning Chinese. The course further develops skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with a rigorous training to improve aural-oral proficiency and to assure mastery of 800 additional characters. Upon completion of the course, students are able to talk about topics of personal interest and familiar social events, write short essays, and have a good command of 1,500 characters. Prerequisite: Chinese 201 with a C- or better or placement.


CHN-228 Business Chinese
Intermediate Chinese course focusing on the effective communication skills essential in professional fields and the understanding of the Chinese business world. Students develop their verbal, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in business Chinese and acquire culturally appropriate inter-personal communication skills needed to deal with a variety of business situations. Students are expected to effectively employ their language skills to explore and analyze current business trends and issues in China.


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CHN-301 Advanced Chinese I
Prerequisite: Chinese 202 with a C- or better or placement.


CHN-302 Advanced Chinese II
Prerequisite: Chinese 301 with a C- or better or placement.


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CHN-401 Advanced Chinese
Continuation of CHN302. This course develops the skill of reading a variety of authentic materials, ranging from literature, newspaper, magazine, film, to scholarly blogs. The topics include the social-cultural-economic phenomena and transformations in contemporary China. Students are also expected to develop their speaking and writing skills for high-level communicative tasks in Chinese, including rhetorical skills in speech and conducting formal presentations through well-articulated statements.


CHN-403 A Passage to China
A sequence course of advanced-level Chinese study for those who have acquired immediate-advanced level fluency in Mandarin Chinese. Through studying modern and contemporary works of Chinese literature, cinema, newspapers, and TV programs, students will advance their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening to attain approximately the advanced level on the ACTFL/ETS proficiency scale. Students will also deepen their understanding of China’s historical and current ethical, social, political, economic and cultural issues through this course. Prerequisites: CHN 401 or equivalent; or with the permission of the instructor.


CHN-405 China in Literature and Media I: High Advanced Level Chinese
A sequence course of Chinese language study for those who have acquired advanced level fluency in Mandarin Chinese. The course focuses on teaching "authentic spoken Chinese" and forming a strong base for "writing elegant written Chinese". Through studying masterworks of Chinese literature, cinema, newspapers, and TV programs, students will further improve their reading comprehension skill and develop the ability to perform in formal style both in writing and speech on academic topics as well as deepening their understanding of China.


CHN-407 China in Literature and Media II: High Advanced Level Chinese
A sequence course of Chinese language study for those who have acquired advanced level fluency in Mandarin Chinese. The course focuses on teaching "authentic spoken Chinese" and forming a strong base for "writing elegant written Chinese". Through studying masterworks of Chinese literature, cinema, newspapers, and TV programs, students will further improve their reading comprehension skill and develop the ability to perform in formal style both in writing and speech on academic topics as well as deepening their understanding of China.


CHN-450 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial counting toward the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded A-F


CHN-453 Individualized Study-Tutorial
Individualized tutorial not counting in the minimum requirements in a major or minor, graded S/U.


CHN-460 Individualized Study-Research



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