Chinese Language Program
The Chinese Program started in 1989 and has grown vigorously since. Students can take seven semesters of Chinese as well as an optional course in business Chinese. The instructors, all trained in teaching Chinese as a second language, work closely with the students in and out of the classroom. Chinese majors spend a semester abroad immersing themselves in the target language and culture. Every semester the Chinese Program sponsors various extracurricular activities to enhance formal learning.
Learning Goals for the Chinese Major
Interact with native speakers in a variety of situations using stylistically appropriate language
Express opinions in both speaking and writing on a range of topics from daily life to current events
Read and understand the gist of authentic materials, such as news headlines, short essays, public signs, advertisements, with the aid of dictionaries and other resources
Use various resources in the new media such as the internet
Acquire a basic knowledge of the literary and cultural traditions of China
Understand China’s cultural and literary traditions within the East Asian and world contexts
Analyze and discuss coherently in English Chinese literary and cultural works
Write logically and clearly in English about Chinese literary and cultural traditions
Develop independent thinking, research, and learning skills to be successful in academic, professional, and personal pursuits after graduation.