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 (6 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. Minor or second major. 2. Study abroad is required for this major.
Required Language Core (16 cr)
Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement.
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 Study Abroad (6 cr)
Students participate in Mandarin courses from beginning level to advanced level depending on student proficiency; consists of 90 in-class hours. Students learn about Chinese culture through field trips and guided city tours. Students may participate in other programs, as long as approved by FLL adviser. Students should plan the study abroad a year in advance in order properly reflect need in their FASFA application; 6 cr in the summer qualify students for financial aid at UMD.
FST 1399 - Chinese Language in China (6.0 cr)
Required Culture Core (4 cr)
CHIN 3042 - Aspects of Chinese Cultures: Interface between Traditions and Contemporary Values (4.0 cr)
Electives (19 cr)
Take 19 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 2929 - Intercultural Communication [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· FST 4225 - INTB 4201, Chinese Business and Economics (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)
· HIST 3463 - History of Modern China (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3465 - Twentieth Century China Politics (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 3100 is recommended
WRIT 31xx Adv Writing (3 cr)