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WLAC Undergraduate

Chinese

The Chinese program endeavors to set up a solid foundation for learning the Chinese language and acquiring an understanding of Chinese culture. The program offers a minor in Chinese studies, a certificate in Chinese studies, and a self-designed individualized major in Chinese studies. In addition, the program helps to satisfy the Chinese language requirements for majors in international studies focusing on China. The program has summer and semester study abroad programs at Sun Yat-sen University in China offered through the Confucius Institute.

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Course Descriptions

Chinese (4-letter subject code: EALC - Eastern Asian Language & Culture)

Course Descriptions

C131-C132 First-Year Chinese I-II (4-4 cr.)  Introduction of Chinese pronunciation system (pinyin), 600-700 characters, daily communicative skills, and relevant grammatical structures. Emphasis on oral expression, reading comprehension, elementary composition, grammar, and culture.

C201-C202 Second-Year Chinese I-II (3-3 cr.)  Expanding communicative skills, grammar structures, and vocabulary knowledge. Both spoken and written aspects stressed.

C301-C302 Third Year Chinese Language (3-3 cr)  Emphasis on applying reading strategies and incorporating computer technology to tackle authentic reading materials. Further expansion of vocabulary, grammatical structures, and communicative skills.

C320 Business Chinese (3 cr.) P: C201-C202 or equivalent. Acquisition of language skills for business interactions with Chinese-speaking communities.

C401-C402 Fourth Year Chinese I-II (3-3 cr.) P: C301-C302 or equivalent. A further improvement of language proficiency.

EALC E232 China Past and Present: Culture in Continuing Evolution (3 cr.) Chinese culture and its modern transformations. Intellectual, artistic, and literary legacies of the Chinese people.

EALC E301 Chinese Language and Culture (3 cr.) The relationship of Chinese language to its culture and society. Four topics emphasized: (1) unique characteristics of Chinese; (2) influence of language structure on thought patterns and social behavior; (3) traditional conception of life as it affects verbal behavior; and (4) interaction between linguistic and other factors in social life. 

EALC E331 Traditional Chinese Literature (3 cr.) An introduction to Chinese historical and religious writing, narrative prose, and lyrical poetry from roughly 1300 BCE to 1300 CE.

EALC E333 Studies in Chinese Cinema (3 cr.) Critical and historical perspectives on Chinese cinema from the 1930s to the 1990s, including Taiwan and Hong Kong.

EALC E334 Contemporary Chinese Cinema (in English) (3 cr) Introduction of typical Chinese cinematic language, tremendous social changes in the past 70 years, and China’s marching towards modernity with shifts in values and belief systems.                        

EALC E335 Studies in Chinese Martial Arts Culture (in English) (3 cr) Introduction of the history and styles of Chinese martial arts; theoretical bases of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Chinese medicine, and health preservation practices; the literary tradition of martial arts fiction, and cinematic expressions of martial arts skills, chivalry, and love.

EALC E351 Studies in East Asian Culture (3 cr.) Selected topics on East Asian culture.

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Major and Minor Requirements

Major and Minor Requirements

Minor in Chinese Studies

The minor in Chinese studies consists of fifteen (15) credit hours in Chinese Studies or related courses approved by the program director. Courses at the 100-level do not count toward the minor.  Minor requirements include a minimum of three (3) credits in Chinese language at the 200-level or above; a minimum of three (3) credits in Chinese culture at the 300-level or above (either EALC E 334 or E 335); and the remaining credits in Chinese language, culture, history, and/or society, chosen from the following: 

EALC C201-202: Second-Year Chinese 
EALC C301-302: Third-Year Chinese 
EALC C320: Business Chinese 
EALC C401-402: Fourth-Year Chinese 
EALC C490: Study Abroad in China 
EALC E331: Traditional Chinese Literature 
EALC E333: Studies in Chinese Cinema 
EALC E334: Contemporary Chinese Cinema 
EALCE335: Studies in Chinese Martial Arts Culture 
EALC E351: Studies in East Asian Culture 
HIST G485: Modern China 
HIST H421: Topics in Asian History 
SOC R495: Sociological Study of China

*Please note: E 351(Studies in East Asian Culture) must focus on Chinese culture and H421 (Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History) must focus on Chinese history in order for these two courses to be counted towards the fifteen required credits. 

Students cannot double count any course towards the fifteen required credits within the minor.     

Other courses may be acceptable with the consultation and approval by the program director of the Chinese language. 

Certificate in Chinese Studies

The certificate in Chinese studies consists of eighteen (18) credit hours in Chinese Studies or related courses approved by the program director. Courses at the 100-level do not count toward the certificate.

Certificate requirements include a minimum of three (3) credits in Chinese language at the 200-level or above; a minimum of three (3) credits in Chinese culture at the 300-level or above (either EALC E 334 or E 335); and the remaining credits in Chinese language, culture, history, and/or society, chosen from the following:

EALC C201-202: Second-Year Chinese 
EALC C301-302: Third-Year Chinese 
EALC C320: Business Chinese 
EALC C401-402: Fourth-Year Chinese 
EALC C490: Study Abroad in China 
EALC E331: Traditional Chinese Literature 
EALC E333: Studies in Chinese Cinema 
EALC E334: Contemporary Chinese Cinema 
EALCE335: Studies in Chinese Martial Arts Culture 
EALC E351: Studies in East Asian Culture 
HIST G485: Modern China 
HIST H421: Topics in Asian History 
SOC R495: Sociological Study of China

*Please note: E 351(Studies in East Asian Culture) must focus on Chinese culture and H421 (Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History) must focus on Chinese history in order for these two courses to be counted towards the eighteen required credits.  Students cannot double count any course towards the eighteen required credits within the certificate.      Other courses may be acceptable with the consultation and approval by the program director of the Chinese language. 

Individualized Major in Chinese

Students may design a Major in Chinese Studies through the Individualized Major Program.

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Study Abroad

Programs abroad are open to students majoring in all academic disciplines and are not restricted to language majors. Study abroad programs include:

  • one month summer, semester-long, or yearl-long programs at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.  For this program, every student who has enrolled in at least one Chinese language course at IUPUI is eligible to apply for a scholarship.

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Additional Resource Links

The Confucius Institute in Indianapolis

The Confucius Institute in Indianapolis is an apolitical, non-profit organization. It was established at IUPUI in 2007 to promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture in central Indiana and facilitate mutual understanding between the peoples of China and United States.

Confucius Institute in Indianapolis