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Chinese Area Studies Minor

Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 17 to 33
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 FST 1399 (study abroad, 6 cr) 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)
Core Requirement (4 cr)
CHIN 3042 - Aspects of Chinese Cultures: Interface between Traditions and Contemporary Values [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
Electives (13 cr)
Students may apply a maximum of 2 courses from the lower division list below. Students must take at least 7 credits from the upper division list below. FST/CHIN 1399 counts as one course. Students may select other study abroad programs that work with UMD's International Education Office, as long as the program pertains to Chinese Area Studies and is approved by a FLL adviser.
Lower Division (optional)
Take no more than 2 course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 1305 - Survey of Non-Western Art [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· FST 1399 - CHIN 1399 Chinese Language in China (6.0 cr)
· FORS 2030 - HIST 2030: China An Ancient Civilization (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2405 - History of Chinese Culture (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2410 - Modern China, Japan, Koreas, Vietnam and East 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)
Upper Division
Take 7 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CHIN 3xxx
· CHIN 4xxx
· COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· FST 4225 - INTB 4201, Chinese Business and Economics (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3463 - History of Modern China (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3465 - Twentieth Century China Politics (3.0 cr)
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