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Chinese Area Studies B.A.

Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 33 to 49
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Study abroad is required.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
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 major addresses the role of China within larger global contexts. A major in 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). Study abroad (3 cr minimum) is required for this major.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (either a minor or another major). 2. Study abroad is required for this major.
Required Language Core (0-16 cr)
Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement. Students who fulfill the study abroad requirement with FST/CHIN 1399 will be exempt from CHIN 1104 by request.
CHIN 1101 - Beginning Chinese I: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
CHIN 1102 - Beginning Chinese II: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
CHIN 1103 - Beginning Chinese III: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
CHIN 1104 - Beginning Chinese IV: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Required Culture Core (4 cr)
CHIN 3042 - Aspects of Chinese Cultures: Interface between Traditions and Contemporary Values [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
Required Study Abroad (3 cr)
FST/CHIN 1399 is strongly recommended. Students participate in Mandarin courses from beginning level to advanced level depending on student proficiency; consists of 90 in-class hours. Students learn Chinese culture in formal academic settings as well as in on-site authentic historical and contemporary environments. Students may participate in other programs, as long as approved by an FLL adviser.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· FORS 2030 - HIST 2030: China An Ancient Civilization (3.0 cr)
· FST 1399 - CHIN 1399 Chinese Language in China (6.0 cr)
· FST 4225 - INTB 4201, Chinese Business and Economics (3.0 cr)
Required Electives (22 cr)
Take 22 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 1305 - Survey of Non-Western Art [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· CHIN 3xxx
· CHIN 4xxx
· COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2405 - History of Chinese Culture (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2410 - Modern China, Japan, Koreas, Vietnam and East Asia (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3463 - History of Modern China (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3465 - Twentieth Century China Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3518 - Transitional Politics of Asia (3.0 cr)
· LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
or PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language [LE CAT3, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
Recommended: WRIT 3100 - Advanced Writing: Language and Literature
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD.
CHIN 1101 - Beginning Chinese I: A Practical Introduction to Everyday 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: A Practical Introduction to Everyday 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 1103 - Beginning Chinese III: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continued introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with six credits prior study. Emphasis 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: 1102 or equivalent, or instructor consent
CHIN 1104 - Beginning Chinese IV: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with nine credits prior study. Emphasis 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: 1103 or equivalent, or instructor consent
CHIN 3042 - Aspects of Chinese Cultures: Interface between Traditions and Contemporary Values (HUMANITIES)
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.
FORS 2030 - HIST 2030: China An Ancient Civilization
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02087 - FORS 2030/HIST 2030
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Taught on site in China. This course is an introduction to Chinese culture for students who are interested in but have little knowledge of ancient Chinese history. It will introduce Confusianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and other schools of thought. It will also introduce topics such as gender relations, Chinese medicine, food, and the martial arts. It will prepare students for other courses in Chinese history. prereq: Admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Education Office.
FST 1399 - CHIN 1399 Chinese Language in China
Credits: 6.0 [max 12.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02118 - FST 1399/CHIN 1399
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Study Chinese language and culture in a classroom setting and on field trips. The program will be held in Beijing, Shanghai, and at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, China. Emphasis will be on language, culture and history. prereq: Required consent from the International Education Office.
FST 4225 - INTB 4201, Chinese Business and Economics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02248 - FST 4225/INTB 4201
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Taught on site in China. 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: Admission to an approved study abroad program. Required consent from the International Education Office.
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.
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
HIST 2405 - History of Chinese Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
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: 3.0 [max 3.0]
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: 3.0 [max 3.0]
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: 3.0 [max 3.0]
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.
POL 3518 - Transitional Politics of Asia
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1500, 3570, or equivalent, 45 cr
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A comparative study of transitional societies in Asia (i.e., societies undergoing political, economic, technological, and socio-cultural changes--in varying degrees and forms--as part of their state building projects). Addresses the political economy of transitional states of Asia such as China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and India. Exploration, in the context of their historical experiences, of the rise of their state structures and ideologies; their transition from agrarian to industrialization; and how this transition has impacted their indigenous social cultures and identities. prereq: 1500, 3570, or equivalent, 45 cr
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.
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