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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.

Major Requirements

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. One seminar, or honors thesis, double counted as one course in category B. Please see category B above for more information.

Language Courses

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.

21, 22 Reading and Conversation
121, 122 Advanced Modern Chinese
123, 124 Advanced Readings in Chinese Culture
125, 126, 127, 128 Newspaper Readings, Business Chinese, Reading Short Stories, Practical Writing

Linguistics Courses

52 Chinese Characters

Culture/Literature Courses

61 Classical Chinese Literature
62 Major Modern Chinese Writers
70 Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture
72 Martial Arts in Chinese Literature and Film
73 Reading Chinese Poetry
76 The Chinese Ghost Story
78 Youth and Culture in Modern China
79 Women and Gender in Modern Chinese Culture
80 Introduction to Chinese Cinema
81 New Chinese Cinemas: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China
82 Rural and Urban China Through Cinema
83 From Beijing to Bollywood: Cinema of China and India
91/92 Special Topics
101 Foundations of Chinese Thought
111 Cultural Perspectives on Chinese Literature
191/192 Special Topics
198/199 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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Postgraduate Opportunities

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, contact:

Professor Xueping Zhong, Director of the Program in Chinese
Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies
Olin Center, 180 Packard Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts 02155

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