Courses

Valpo students benefit from multiple levels of Chinese language instruction, Study Abroad opportunities in China, and the Confucius Institute on Valpo’s campus.

Required Courses for the Chinese Minor

A minimum of 15 credit hours in Chinese
Note: Additional courses may count toward the minor — EAST courses 109, 110, 209, 210, taken at the study center in Hangzhou, China, and EAST 495 when the topic is Chinese language study.
TOTAL 15 credits
  • CHIN 101: Beginning Chinese I  
  • CHIN 102: Beginning Chinese II  
  • CHIN 200: Chinese Literary Studies
  • CHIN 203: Intermediate Chinese I   
  • CHIN 204: Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 290: Topics in Chinese 
  • CHIN 291: Topics in World Cinema
  • CHIN 305: Advanced Chinese
CHIN 101: Beginning Chinese I

Basic elements of modern Chinese (Mandarin), including the four tones, sentence structure, and some Chinese characters. May not be taken by students who have taken language study courses in China. (4 credits)

CHIN 102: Beginning Chinese II

Continuation of CHIN 101. Prerequisite: CHIN 101 or equivalent. May not be taken by students who have taken language study courses in China. (4 credits)

CHIN 200: Chinese Literary Studies

Study of selected works of Chinese literature in English translation. Readings represent significant genres and literary periods presented in biographical, historical, and cultural context. The course provides instruction and practice in the writing of careful critical analysis of the readings. May be repeated for credit if the topic varies. May not be counted toward a minor in Chinese. May be counted toward the Chinese and Japanese Studies major or minor. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Literature component of the General Education Requirement. (3 credits)

CHIN 203: Intermediate Chinese I

Development of CHIN 101 and 102, focusing on speaking, aural comprehension, reading, and writing. Emphasis on drills and discussion of readings. Introduction of simplified characters and cursive script. Continuously increasing use of Chinese in class. Prerequisite: CHIN 102 or permission of the instructor. (4 credits)

CHIN 204: Intermediate Chinese II

Continuation of CHIN 203, emphasizing development of speaking, aural comprehension, reading, and writing. Includes readings from a variety of sources including contemporary Chinese short stories, lectures, and newspapers. Class sessions conducted in Chinese as much as possible. Prerequisite: CHIN 203 or permission of the instructor. (4 credits)

CHIN 290: Topics in Chinese

A study of selected themes or issues in the literature, civilization or language of the Chinese-speaking world. May be repeated for credit if the topic varies. Prerequisite: CHIN 204. (3 credits)

CHIN 291: Topics in World Cinema

This course examines major film genres and directors from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Taught in English, the course focuses on cultural and historical context, cinematic technique, and instruction in the practice of writing critical analyses of film. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts or Cultural Diversity component of the General Education Requirements. Either CHIN 200 or CHIN 291 may be counted toward the Chinese minor, but not both. (3 credits)