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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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