Course Department: 
Chinese
Course Frequency: 
Annually
Course Description: 

An introduction to spoken Mandarin and written Chinese. Providing a foundation in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and communication skills and an introduction to the Chinese culture. One and one-quarter units each semester.

Course Number: 

101, 102

Course Section SubHeader: 
Chinese
Course Section Description: 

China, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, is increasingly important to United States national security, foreign relations, trade, and climate change policy. Chinese language is a valuable asset for careers in business, government, technology, education, law, and journalism.

Chinese major requirements: 10 courses on Chinese language, literature, culture, and civilization as follows:

• A minimum of six courses in Chinese language or Chinese literature in Chinese at the 200 level or above including at least two at the 400 level. Majors who study abroad in their junior year must complete two courses in Chinese literature at the 400 level or above in their senior year at Holy Cross.

• A minimum of four additional courses taught in English or Chinese, including:

• Chinese 103: Introduction to Chinese Culture

• One course on Chinese literature

• Two additional approved courses on China focusing on art, cinema, economics, history, linguistics, literature, politics, society, or religions

Chinese Minor Requirements: 6 courses as follows:

• Chinese 201: Intermediate Chinese 1

• Chinese 202: Intermediate Chinese 2

• Chinese 301: Third Year Chinese 1

• Chinese 302: Third Year Chinese 2

One course on Chinese culture or literature from among the following:

• Chinese 103: Introduction to Chinese Culture

• Chinese 255: Chinese Culture through the Camera’s Eye

• Chinese 199: Topics in Chinese Literature

One additional approved course on China in English or Chinese in anthropology, art, culture, economics, history, literature, linguistics, religion or politics

China track concentration (offered through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies): History 103 or History 104 (Perspectives on Asia), or Anthropology 199 (Contemporary Asia), or an approved course with a broad focus on Asia, and five additional courses on China, including three semesters of Chinese language above Elementary Chinese and two non-language courses on China.

Chinese language and civilization major (offered by application through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies): History 103 or History 104 (Perspectives on Asia), or Anthropology 199 (Contemporary Asia), or an approved course with a broad focus on Asia, four semesters of Chinese language above the elementary level, one course in Chinese history, and four additional non-language courses with a significant focus on China selected from at least two different disciplines.

Study Abroad: Students are encouraged to participate in the Holy Cross programs in Beijing, China for one or two semesters. Students may also elect a second semester in our Chinese language and internship program in Shanghai. Students may elect to study abroad for the fall, spring, or fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: three semesters of Chinese.