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Chinese Area Studies Minor

World Languages & Cultures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 12 to 28
This program prepares students to thrive as globally aware and cross-culturally competent citizens through a critical understanding of Chinese cultures. Students develop functional Mandarin language communication skills. Topics studied pertain to Chinese literature, history, politics, and art. This program addresses the role of China within larger global contexts. Chinese Area Studies prepares graduates to apply their language skills, cultural knowledge, and global awareness to a wide variety of career choices (government, international relations, foreign service, immigration services, tourism, and entrepreneurship).
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Core Language Requirement (0-16 cr)
Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement. Students who participate in CHIN 1399 (study abroad, 6 cr) will be exempt from CHIN 1202 by request.
CHIN 1101 - Beginning Chinese I: Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
CHIN 1102 - Beginning Chinese II: Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
CHIN 1201 - Intermediate Chinese I: Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
CHIN 1202 - Intermediate Chinese II: Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Core Requirement (4 cr)
CHIN 3042 - Aspects of Chinese Cultures: Interface between Traditions and Contemporary Values [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
Electives (8 cr)
Most CHIN 3xxx-4xxx courses apply here.
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3888 - Anthropology of Food [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4616 - Culture and Personality (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 1305 - Survey of Non-Western Art [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· CHIN 1399 - Chinese Language in China - Study Abroad [LEIP CAT03, GLOBAL PER] (6.0 cr)
· CHIN 3097 - Internship (1.0-6.0 cr)
· CHIN 3591 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· CHIN 4591 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· COMM 4210 - Theories of Intercultural Communication (3.0 cr)
· CUE 3001 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship I (3.0 cr)
· CUE 3002 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship II (3.0 cr)
· CUE 4002 - Managing Cultural Organizations (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 1582 - Introduction to World Literatures [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2405 - History of Chinese Culture (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2410 - Modern China, Japan, Koreas, Vietnam and East Asia (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3463 - History of Modern China (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3465 - Twentieth Century China Politics (4.0 cr)
· INTB 4201 - Chinese Business and Economy [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· LING 2101 - Phonetics and Phonology [NAT SCI] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language [LE CAT3, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 3291 - Current Social Political Philosophy (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3421 - Eastern Philosophy (4.0 cr)
· POL 3518 - Transitional Politics of Asia (3.0 cr)
 
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CHIN 1101 - Beginning Chinese I: Mandarin Chinese (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with little or no prior study. Emphasis will be on expressions for daily living with appropriate grammar and vocabulary. Writing in the phonetic pin yin system will be introduced as will high frequency characters. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language or instructor consent
CHIN 1102 - Beginning Chinese II: Mandarin Chinese (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with little prior study. Emphasis will be on expressions for daily living with appropriate grammar and vocabulary. Writing in the phonetic pin yin system will be introduced as will high frequency characters. prereq: 1101
CHIN 1201 - Intermediate Chinese I: Mandarin Chinese (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding Mandarin Chinese. Emphasis on oral and aural skills, vocabulary building, some reading and writing in the phonetic pin yin system with high frequency characters. pre-req: CHIN 1102 or instructor consent
CHIN 1202 - Intermediate Chinese II: Mandarin Chinese (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding Mandarin Chinese. Emphasis on oral and aural skills, vocabulary building, some reading and writing in the phonetic pin yin system with high frequency characters. pre-req: 1201 or instructor consent
CHIN 3042 - Aspects of Chinese Cultures: Interface between Traditions and Contemporary Values (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of aspects of Chinese civilization and cultures. Students will examine diverse cultural values in the international community and work toward a sense of culturally responsive citizenship in the current global society. Taught in English.
ANTH 3888 - Anthropology of Food (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 credits
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced survey and comparative study of the relationship between food and culture in the past and present. Topics include the prehistoric, biological, and cultural aspects of the collection, production, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food, and an analysis of its social, cultural, political, and economic significance. prereq: minimum 30 credits
ANTH 4616 - Culture and Personality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Role of culture in forming of personality; problems of individual adjustment to demands of culture. Psychological and sociopsychological approach to culture. prereq: 1604, min 60 cr
ARTH 1305 - Survey of Non-Western Art (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of non-Western art examines the visual arts of the Americas, Asia and Africa. This course aims to develop a critical understanding of art forms from non-Western cultures. We will examine a range of visual material including painting, sculpture, ceramics, and architecture, from prehistoric times to present. We will also examine the critical debates that frame the study of non-Western art.
CHIN 1399 - Chinese Language in China - Study Abroad (LEIP CAT03, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02118 - FST 1399/CHIN 1399
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Study Chinese language and culture in a classroom setting and on field trips. Emphasis will be on language, culture and history. The program will be held in Beijing, Shanghai, and at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, China. pre-req: instructor consent; also visit the UMD Study Abroad office
CHIN 3097 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised international or domestic internship related to major. This is not available to minors. The use of Chinese must be necessary to carry out the internship. pre-req: Chinese Area Studies major, not available for minors; CHIN 1202 or equivalent with a C or better; Internship coordinator consent.
CHIN 3591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students develop and carry out reading and research projects in consultation with the instructor. prereq: instructor consent
CHIN 4591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Students develop and carry out reading and research projects in consultation with the instructor. pre-req: instructor consent
COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication (LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This is a skills course in which students learn how to engage in effective intercultural communication and relationships. Students apply what they are learning by participating in intercultural communication with classmates from a wide variety of cultures. Students learn about variations in cultural practices and values and how social, political and economic forces have both been influenced by and influence those cultures. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for 2929
COMM 4210 - Theories of Intercultural Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study major theories and concepts of intercultural communication, including national, racial, and ethnic similarities and differences in communication practices; cultural beliefs and values; issues of identify, power, conflict, and control.
CUE 3001 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This first of the two entrepreneurship courses creates an entrepreneurial experience with all of the pressures and demands of an early stage creative startup. The class is designed to give students the experience of how to ?search? for business models in the culture and creative industries. Students will use design and discovery thinking, combined with ideation and customer discovery to develop a business model and also a feasibility plan for the delivery of a cultural product or service. The business model can be for a for-profit enterprise or a non-profit organization, but in either case the same feasibility criteria would apply, i.e. the solution should generate financial returns and create cultural value through the preservation and/or revitalization of culture. prereq: minimum 60 credits
CUE 3002 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This second entrepreneurship course creates an entrepreneurial experience for students with typical pressures and demands of an early stage startup. The course is about Living the Entrepreneurial Experience. It is about being in action while advancing the cultural enterprise idea from feasibility study to testing the minimum viable product. Key elements of the process involve ongoing research, conducting rapid test cycles, while engaging prospective customers, experts, stakeholders, suppliers, business partners, collaborators, and financiers. Students will develop plans to test assumptions, execute the plans and make decisions pertaining to products and services. The semester ends with a minimum viable product or service. Through action and reflection students will develop the competency to think and act entrepreneurially in order to advance the development of their cultural enterprises. prereq: CUE 3001 or MGTS 4422 or instructor consent
CUE 4002 - Managing Cultural Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to play a leadership role in a cultural organization. Using case methodology students will know theories, methods, and practices for managing cultural organizations, gain the skills to participate strategically in the governance of such organizations and be able to design and assess the effectiveness of governance models, volunteer programs, organizational capacity, and inter-organizational relationships. Students will also know the legal requirements affecting cultural organizations and approaches to finance the programming and operations. prereq: minimum 60 credits or instructor consent, no grad credit
ENGL 1582 - Introduction to World Literatures (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Sampling of literary works mainly from Middle East, Africa, Far East, and South America.
HIST 2405 - History of Chinese Culture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
This course examines the history of Chinese culture from the beginning of Chinese civilization, ca. 16th century BCE to the Republican period (1912 - 1949). Through a perspective of history, the course seeks to provide students with some basic knowledge of major Chinese cultures in a variety of fields, from philosophy, law, calligraphy, civil examination to gender, architect, art, medicine, and marital arts. It also intends to teach students the origin, development, and end of certain cultures or practices in the course of China's long history and their impacts on neighboring countries such as Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.
HIST 2410 - Modern China, Japan, Koreas, Vietnam and East Asia
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
This course is an introductory study to the history of major East Asian countries such as China, Japan, and Korea. It intends to examine the political, cultural, legal, diplomatic, religious, military history in this region and the interactions among themselves. But, in the modern period, with the heavy influence of the West, the history of East Asia is no longer restricted in East Asia, it has become an integral part of the world history. Therefore, the course seeks to explore the western influence on East Asia and East Asian countries; responses to the West.
HIST 3463 - History of Modern China
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
China's history from the Opium War to the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and Deng Xiaoping's capitalist reform.
HIST 3465 - Twentieth Century China Politics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examines Chinese history from the late Qing to the present with a particular attention on the Chinese political, legal, social, and diplomatic history. Teaches the various factors that gradually influenced the historical course of China, the important roles that the West and Japan played in shaping modern China, the causes and consequences of the numerous political movements in the early stage of the People's Republic of China, and China's recent massive reform efforts to prosperity.
INTB 4201 - Chinese Business and Economy (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02248 - FST 4225/INTB 4201
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Introduction to Chinese business and economy. Provides fundamental knowledge of Chinese business and economy; provides students with understanding of social, cultural, economic and political environments of doing business in China through lectures, readings, hand-on project and travel to China. prereq: LSBE candidate, consent of instructor
LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Provides an introduction to a theoretical study of the nature of natural language, using examples primarily from present-day English. Students are expected to learn analytical skills to understand how human languages (and the human mind) work and how the sub-components (sounds, words, sentences and meaning) of natural languages are systematically organized.
LING 2101 - Phonetics and Phonology (NAT SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course, which is rooted in biology and physics, focuses on the sound systems of the languages of the world. What do these systems have in common? How do they differ from one another? There is an immense amount of variation across languages, but it is far from random, and this assumption is the driving factor of the course. Students will learn the anatomy of the vocal tract and the means of speech articulation, and they will learn to produce every possible sound of every possible human language. They will also analyze the acoustic signals resulting from speech articulation and how these acoustic results are perceived by hearers. Along the way, student learn to analyze large amounts of phonetic data, both by hand and electronically and to understand when a difference in speech sounds can change the meaning of a message as opposed to simply changing as a result of contextual effects. In short, when are speech sounds meaningful, and what does this tell us about the way the human language faculty is organized? The scientific approach taken here will teach students a great deal about their own language. It will also teach students a great deal about the diversity of languages in the world: how they differ, but more importantly, what they all have in common, and what it is that makes them all human.
PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language (LE CAT3, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to theories of meaning and truth and the structure of language. Relation of language to thought and the world; semantics and syntax; speech acts and performative utterances; descriptions and reference; and structuralism and the possibility of objective knowledge. prereq: Course in logic or literary analysis or human communication or CS or math or instructor consent
PHIL 3291 - Current Social Political Philosophy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Detailed philosophical analysis of recent writings about social and political concepts such as freedom, democracy, socialism, communism, fascism, and anarchy. prereq: 1001 or 1003 or instructor consent
PHIL 3421 - Eastern Philosophy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 credits
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Overview of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, including their accounts of the meaning of life, community versus the individual, the role of religion, ethics, metaphysics, and other topics. Analysis of basic concepts of Indian and Chinese civilizations. prereq: minimum 30 credits
POL 3518 - Transitional Politics of Asia
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This class is a comparative study of the states in Asia namely India, China, Japan, and others. The class will explore the historical trajectories of these states; will study how these histories have given rise to different forms of their current state formations; will explore their contemporary political systems; economies; their socio-cultural and gender dynamics; and contemporary policy issues faced by these states. The class will also analyze the geo-strategic significance of Asia to the West/United States in the contemporary eras of globalization. pre-req: POL 1500 or instructor's consent