Chinese Minor Requirements

Program Director:Ming Owen Office: Duffy Academic Center 280 Phone: 508-565-1863mowen@stonehill.edu

The minor in Chinese requires the completion of six courses determined in consultation with the departmental minor advisor.

Complete Six Courses

At least two of these courses must be taken at the 300-level or above.

Code Course Credits

CHN 131

Elementary Chinese I

Offered: Fall Semester

An introduction to modern standard Chinese commonly referred to as Mandarin. Focus of the course is on basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and Pinyin (spelling the sound) system. Students will learn common vocabulary, simple sentence structures and everyday conversational Chinese. Both simplified and traditional character formations will be introduced but the writing will emphasize the simplified form. Chinese culture, customs and history will be incorporated into the course curriculum.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

CHN 132

Elementary Chinese II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of CHN 131 - Elementary Chinese I.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 131 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

CHN 231

Intermediate Chinese I

Offered: Fall Semester

In both semesters of the intermediate course, students expand their previous ability in their foreign language and develop the ability to: when speaking, use strings of related sentences; when listening, understand most spoken language when the message is deliberately and carefully conveyed by a speaker accustomed to dealing with learners; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text. The course integrates history and culture, as well as contemporary events and issues.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 132 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program.

3

CHN 232

Intermediate Chinese II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of CHN 231 - Intermediate Chinese I.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 231 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program.

3

CHN 331

Advanced Chinese I

Offered: Fall Semester

In both semesters of Advanced Chinese, students build upon their previous ability and develop the ability to: speak simple dialogue of paragraph length; understand more authentic speech; write a series of coherent paragraphs; read authentic text to acquire information. The course integrates history and culture, as well as contemporary events and issues.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 232 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program.

3

CHN 332

Advanced Chinese II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of CHN 331 - Advanced Chinese I.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 331 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program.

3

CHN 333

Chinese TV Series

Offered: Spring Semester

Study of contemporary Chinese TV Series with an emphasis on conversation, culture and language proficiency. The class will view and discuss TV episodes. Students will study the corresponding scripts, related grammar and vocabulary. Completion of written and oral assignments is also required.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 232 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program.

3

CHN 490

Directed Study: Topics in Chinese

Offered: As Needed

Opportunity for upper-level students to do an advanced research project or investigation in a Chinese field of special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course. The student and a full-time faculty member familiar with the student's area of interest agree on a plan of study and research and on evaluation methods.

Prerequisite(s): Students must complete the online Directed Study and Independent Research Application process and obtain the signatures of the faculty member and the Department Chair.

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Study Abroad for Language Minors

Language minors are encouraged to spend a semester abroad in an approved international program of study or in one of the international internships sponsored by Stonehill College.

Students may transfer in two pre-approved courses taken abroad to the minor. Additional language courses may be pre-approved as general electives.