Major in Chinese
The Chinese major is designed to equip students with a solid foundation in cultural
and linguistic literacy, an in-depth understanding of the Chinese literary tradition,
and critical awareness of contemporary cultural issues through studies of literature,
film, and other cultural products.
The major in Chinese requires nine courses in the Program beyond
Chinese 4, plus one in a related field. Those who place out of language courses
still need to complete ten approved courses. At least one course from categories
B must be a seminar approved by the Chinese program director. If qualified,
a student may opt to do an honors thesis.
Language requirement: 4 courses beyond Chinese 4: 21, 22, 121, 122.
Students placed above 21 or higher, upon completion of 122 or its equivalent,
can take more advanced language courses (123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128), or additional
culture courses, or a combination of both.
Chinese 61 and four additional literature and cultural courses
(taught in English) from Chinese Program offerings in the department. The four additional
courses must include at least one seminar course. If approved, a student may opt to do an
honors thesis, which can be counted as one seminar course. One culture course from
Tufts-in-China will be counted in this category.
CHNS52 or one China-related course offered by another program
or department (PS 120, 126, 188-44; HIST 40, 41; FAH 13/CR13; REL 53). One culture course
from Tufts-in-China will be counted in this category. Courses not listed above require
approval by the Chinese program director.
One seminar, or honors thesis, double counted as one course in
category B. Please see category B above for more information.
Regular classes at the lower levels (1 through 22) meet three times a week; regular
classes at the higher levels (121 through 124) meet twice a week. Intensive classes
meet six times a week.
||Reading and Conversation
||Advanced Modern Chinese
||Advanced Readings in Chinese Culture
|125, 126, 127, 128
||Newspaper Readings, Business Chinese, Reading Short Stories, Practical Writing
||Classical Chinese Literature
||Major Modern Chinese Writers
||Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture
||Martial Arts in Chinese Literature and Film
||Reading Chinese Poetry
||The Chinese Ghost Story
||Youth and Culture in Modern China
||Women and Gender in Modern Chinese Culture
||Introduction to Chinese Cinema
||New Chinese Cinemas: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China
||Rural and Urban China Through Cinema
||From Beijing to Bollywood: Cinema of China and India
||Foundations of Chinese Thought
||Cultural Perspectives on Chinese Literature
||Senior Honors Thesis
Download the Chinese
Major Form and submit along with a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Chinese
Program Director. Questions about the major can be
addressed to Professor Xueping Zhong (Olin 311, 617-627-2375).
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Regardless of their majors, students of Chinese have found that
their knowledge of the language and culture gives them a competitive
advantage in public and private sectors as well as in further study.
Our graduates, some after training in graduate and professional
schools, have gone on to careers in government, foreign service,
law, academia, banking and international business – from the
mainland and Taiwan to Hong Kong and Singapore. As China continues
to strengthen trade ties and develop joint economic ventures with
the United States, the demand for Americans who know Chinese is
bound to increase.
The Chinese Prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has
demonstrated excellence in the studies of Chinese language,
literature and culture.
For further information about the major, minor and related matters,
Professor Xueping Zhong, Director of the Program in Chinese
Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies
Olin Center, 180 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155
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