Elementary Chinese I
Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Mandarin Chinese. Initial reading and writing exercises with basic Chinese characters. An appreciation of Chinese culture underlies the orientation of the course
Elementary Chinese II
Continuation of work on the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Mandarin Chineses, including reading and writing exercises with basic Chinese characters. An appreciation of Chineses culture underlies the orientation of the course
Intermediate Chinese II
Continuation of CHN 201, with emphasis on communication skills, expansion of vocabulary and idiomatic expression. Cultural activities and outside readings required.
Cultural, intellectual, artistic and social issues that lead to an informed understanding of Chinese film, film analysis, and China. Selected films are organized under the topics of gender, ethnicity, melodrama, and urbanism.
Survey of Chinese Literature
The development of literature in China from its beginnings to the modern period. Through study of representative works in English translation, the course offers an overview of Chinese literature and examines the role of culture and society.
Surveys the social and cultural topography of China from earliest times to the present. Special attention is given to the intersections of intellectual traditions, social customs, visual arts, architecture, literature, and popular culture.
Chinese through Film & Media
Utlizing a textbook on Chinese language films, students will encounter original Chinese texts related with films and TV shows. Emphasis on developing high level of reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension, and on greater sophistication in utilizing appropriate discourse strategies.
Chinese Studies Thesis
Guided research, translation, and writing on a topic in a field of Chinese Studies in which the student has had previous course work. The student will propose a thesis project to a faculty member in the field of Chinese Studies who by approving it becomes the thesis advisor.
On Stage in China
The literary values of classical and modern Chinese drama, and the evolution of Chinese theatrical art. Selected plays are read both as literary texts and scripts for theatrical performances, representing three distinctive theatrical ages and styles: Yuan dynasty northern plays, Ming dynasty and later time southern operas, and the modern era spoken drama. Several Western plays are paired up with the Chinese plays for cross-cultural scrutiny. Chinese film adaptation of plays and documentaries on video about Chinese theatrical arts are also used to aid study.