The Language and Culture Program:
Minor in Chinese and Courses

Minor in Chinese
The minor in Chinese is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of written and spoken modern Chinese, and to introduce them to the culture, politics, and literature of Asian countries. Students interested in the minor should submit a complete Application for a Program of Minor Study (available at www.purchase.edu/registrar, under “Forms”) to the School of Humanities main office. The student is assigned a minor advisor in Chinese after consultation with the appropriate faculty.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Chinese
Five courses (20 credits), as follows:

  1. CHI 1010/Beginning Chinese I
  2. CHI 1020/Beginning Chinese II
  3. CHI 2010/Intermediate Chinese I
  4. CHI 2020/Intermediate Chinese II
  5. CHI 3010/Advanced Chinese I

Chinese Courses

Beginning Chinese I
CHI 1010
/ 4 credits / Fall
For students who have had little or no previous exposure to the language. Introduces the basics of pronunciation and of the structural and writing systems of standard modern Chinese (Mandarin Chinese). Credit for this course is awarded only after successful completion of CHI 1020.

Beginning Chinese II
CHI 1020
/ 4 credits / Spring
A continuation of CHI 1010. Increased time is devoted to reading and writing. Development of oral skills remains the primary object of the course.
Prerequisite: CHI 1010 or equivalent

Chinese Culture and Social Life
CHI 1505
/ 3 credits / Fall
Introduces various aspects of Chinese culture (e.g., values, customs, manners, and festivals) and discusses everyday life in contemporary Chinese society. Also offered as HIS 1505.

Intermediate Chinese I
CHI 2010
/ 4 credits / Fall
Designed for students who have completed CHI 1010 and 1020 or the equivalent. Consolidates the foundation that students have acquired through previous coursework and introduces more complex grammatical structures and background cultural information.

Intermediate Chinese II
CHI 2020
/ 4 credits / Spring
A continuation of CHI 2010. Consolidates the foundation that students have acquired through previous coursework and introduces more complex grammatical structures and background cultural information.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Advanced Chinese I
CHI 3010
/ 4 credits / Fall
Designed for students who have completed CHI 2010 and 2020 or studied the language for at least two years. Consolidates the knowledge and skills acquired through previous coursework and enhances reading, writing, and oral-expressive skills.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Advanced Chinese II
CHI 3020
/ 4 credits / Spring
A continuation of CHI 3010, designed for students who have completed five semesters of college-level Chinese or the equivalent. Consolidates the knowledge and skills acquired through previous coursework and enhances reading, writing, and oral proficiency.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


For updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/
departments/AcademicPrograms/LAS/humanities/LanguageAndCulture/
chinese.aspx
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