Chinese Undergraduate Major

The Chinese Language & Literature major requires a total of 50-80 credits depending upon the level of Chinese attained before entering the University of Washington. [Note: These requirements apply to students who declared their major after June, 2011. The older requirements apply to students who declared earlier. See below.]

I. MODERN LANGUAGE COURSES:

15-45 credits, with a minimum of 15 credits beyond the third year of the language, chosen from among:

  • CHIN 411, 412, 413 Fourth-Year Chinese
  • I BUS 490 (when the topic is Business Chinese)
  • CHIN 470 Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese
  • CHIN 482 Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese
  • CHIN 496 Special Studies in Chinese (when the topic is advanced language instruction)

Note: Students who have been evaluated and placed beyond fourth-year Chinese may satisfy the modern language requirement by taking 15 additional credits of classical Chinese (see advisor for approved list of classical Chinese courses).

II. CLASSICAL LANGUAGE COURSES:

10 credits:

  • CHIN 451, 452 First-Year Classical Chinese

III. LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS COURSES:

15 credits, MUST INCLUDE:

  • CHIN 342 or 442 The Chinese Language

plus an additional 10 credits from among the following courses, or from Chinese literature courses offered in the Department of Comparative Literature:

  • ASIAN 201 Literature and Culture of Ancient and Classical China
  • ASIAN 204 Literature and Culture of China from Tradition to Modernity
  • ASIAN 207 Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia (when China is the topic)
  • ASIAN 211 Languages and Cultures of China
  • ASIAN 263 Great Works of Asian Literature (when China is the topic)
  • CHIN 373 Chinese Poetry
  • CHIN 374 Chinese Prose
  • CHIN 380 Premodern Chinese Narrative in Translation
  • CHIN 381 Literature in Modern China
  • CHIN 385 Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century China
  • CHIN 443 Structure of Chinese
  • CHIN 453 First-Year Classical Chinese
  • CHIN 461, 462, 463 History of Chinese Literature 

IV. CHINA-RELATED HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSES:

10 credits from among the following (if the course has not already been used to satisfy other requirements):

  • ASIAN 200 Introduction to Asian Languages & Literature
  • ASIAN 211 Languages and Cultures of China
  • ASIAN 401 Introduction to Asian Linguistics
  • ASIAN 404 Writing Systems

or from courses explicitly related to China from such departments as Anthropology, Art History, International Studies, History, Linguistics, Sociology, etc. You can view  a list of approved courses for recent and upcoming quarters.