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B.A. in Asian Languages and Literatures | Chinese for GE CLAS Core
 

Chinese Major

Students in Chinese Major must complete the following coursework.

Course List
Course List   Hours
Prerequisite Chinese Language Courses  
Chinese Language Courses 15
Chinese Literature and Cinema Courses 6
Chinese Culture and Society Courses 9
Total Hours 30

Prerequisite Chinese Language Courses:

Students must successfully complete the prerequisite courses below, or the equivalent, before they enroll in required courses. These courses do not count as credit earned toward track requirements.

Course List
Code Title Hours
This sequence:  
CHIN:2101-CHIN:2102 Second-Year Chinese: First Semester - Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester 10

Chinese Language Courses:

Course List
Code Title Hours
All of these:  
CHIN:3101-CHIN:3102 Third-Year Chinese: First Semester - Third Year Chinese: Second Semester 6
CHIN:4101 Classical Chinese: First Semester 3
CHIN:4103-CHIN:4104 Fourth-Year Chinese: First Semester - Fourth-Year Chinese: Second Semester 6

Chinese Literature and Cinema Courses:

Course List
Code Title Hours
Two of these:  
CHIN:3202 Chinese Literature: Prose 3
CHIN:3341 Chinese Literature: Poetry 3
CHIN:4203/CL:4203 Modern Chinese Writers 3
CHIN:4206 Transnational Chinese Cinemas 3

Chinese Culture and Society Courses:

Courses in this area include those in art, history, literature, linguistics, religion, and translation.

Course List
Code Title Hours
A minimum of 9 s.h. from these:  
ASIA:1060/HIST:1612/RELS:1506 Introduction to Buddhism 3
ASIA:1602/HIST:1602 Civilizations of Asia: China from the 17th Century to the Present 3
ASIA:3208/TRNS:3208/WLLC:3208 Classical Chinese Literature Through Translation 3
ASIA:2222/GWSS:2222/WLLC:2222 Women in Premodern East Asian Literature 3
ASIA:3220/ARTH:3230 Chinese Painting I: Pagodas and Palaces 3
CHIN:1504 Asian Humanities: China 3
CHIN:1702 Chinese Popular Culture 3
CHIN:1800 Chinese Character Writing and Calligraphy 3
CHIN:3201/TRNS:3202 Workshop in Chinese Literary Translation 3
CHIN:3302/LING:3302/SLA:3302 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics 3
CHIN:4150 Advanced Readings in Chinese 3
ASIA:1510/WLLC:1510 Ghosts & Tales of the Weird in Pre-Modern Chinese Literature 3
HIST:3650/ASIA:3650 Chinese History from 1600 to 1911 3
HIST:3652/ASIA:3652 Twentieth-Century China 3

Electives Courses:

Courses and requirements listed above represent the minimum hours required to complete the Chinese track. Students also may choose additional Chinese elective courses (prefix CHIN), but may not exceed a total of 56 s.h. that will apply to the minimum 120 s.h. required to graduate. Elective Chinese courses will not count toward Chinese requirements for the major. Independent studies and arranged hours may be used as elective hours but are not counted toward requirements for the major.

 

Chinese Minor

The minor in Chinese Language and Literature requires 15 s.h., including 12 s.h. earned in courses considered advanced for the minor taken at the University of Iowa. The minor must include the following coursework. Some of these courses have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for that course.

Course List
Code Title Hours
Both of these sequences:  
CHIN:3101-CHIN:3102 Third-Year Chinese: First Semester - Third Year Chinese: Second Semester 6
CHIN:4103-CHIN:4104 Fourth-Year Chinese: First Semester - Fourth-Year Chinese: Second Semester 6
One of these:  
CHIN:3202 Chinese Literature: Prose 3
CHIN:3302 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics 3
CHIN:3341 Chinese Literature: Poetry 3
CHIN:4203/CL:4203 Modern Chinese Writers 3
CHIN:4206 Transnational Chinese Cinemas 3

 

Placement Test

Students who have studied Chinese at another institution or have a Chinese language background must take the University of Iowa Web-based Chinese Placement Test for the purpose of placement in the UI Chinese Language Program. This web-based test is multiple-choice and covers grammar, reading, and vocabulary. The test is adaptive, meaning the question difficulty will vary depending on how you respond. To see the description and guidelines of the test and take the test, please go to Web-based Chinese Placement Test. After you complete the test, make an appointment with Prof. Helen Shen (319-335-2314), Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program, to discuss the written report of your test scores. 

 

Proficiency Guidelines 

Proficiency is the ultimate goal of our program. At the start of one's study, speaking and listening play a prominent role. In intermediate and advanced classes, reading and writing serve as catalysts for speaking and listening endeavors. Class sizes are small in order to engage students with the Chinese language. Students participate in drills and activities that allow them to communicate in Chinese. Students also enjoy weekly one-on-one interview sessions with instructors for more personal attention. In higher level classes, students read texts and discuss or present their ideas in spoken or written form. Because participation is so important, it is necessary for students to attend each class.

The modern Chinese language section of The UI Chinese program offers five levels of language coursework. While our language courses are content-based and culture-integrated, we aim to develop students’ language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Our language proficiency objectives are in line with the ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines. The proficiency objectives for each instructional level are detailed below:

Proficiency guidelines

Course level

Listening

Speaking

Reading

Writing

First-year Chinese

Novice high

Novice high

Novice high

Novice high

Second-year Chinese

Intermediate mid

Intermediate mid

Intermediate mid

Intermediate mid

Third-year Chinese

Intermediate high

Intermediate high

Intermediate high

Intermediate high

Fourth-year Chinese

Advanced low

Advanced low

Advanced low

Advanced low

Fifth-year Chinese

Advanced mid-high

Advanced mid-high

Advanced mid-high

Advanced mid-high

 

Honors Program

University Honors: Current University of Iowa students must maintain a University of Iowa grade point average of 3.33 or above to apply for the University Honors. Please visit University Honors Program for complete information and make an appointment with the honors advisor specified in the website. If you choose a language course as your honors course, please observe the following procedures for Language Course Honors Designation: 1. Contact the department honors advisor, Helen Shen. (Office 661PH; email: helen-shen@uiowa.edu. 2. Contact your project instructor. 3. Develop honors project plan including timeline. 4. Submit the proposed plan to the course instructor. 5. Work on your honors project. 6. Submit your final project to your course instructor by the end of the semester.

Honors in the Major: Current University of Iowa students must maintain a University of Iowa grade point average of 3.33 or above all the time to be eligible for the for the Honors in the Major. Please visit Honors in the Major for complete information. Then, contact the department honors advisor, Helen Shen (office 661 PH; email: helen-shen@uiowa.edu).