Chinese Area Studies B.A.
Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal 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.
This program is available:
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
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)
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. 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)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
Recommended: WRIT 3100 - Advanced Writing: Language and Literature
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)