About the Program
The Chinese Studies major offers academically rigorous courses in Chinese language, history, literature, culture, religion and film studies. Students will acquire the general literacy and appreciation of the richness and variety of traditional and modern Chinese studies in its broadest sense. They will also gain a deep understanding from reading and pondering the issues presented in the carefully selected materials regarding all the above areas. The goals of this major is to provide opportunities to Purdue students to study in depth about China and Chinese speaking regions and develop their academic skills and qualifications for careers related to China. Courses in the Chinese Studies major form broad perspectives to provide students with the experience that is fundamental to multicultural education and interdisciplinary studies.
Before undertaking this major, the student must establish language proficiency in Chinese equivalent to Chinese Level IV. Proficiency may be established by taking and passing Chinese 20200, by examination or by other evidence acceptable by the School of Language and Cultures.
The Teaching Track prepares students to teach Chinese in grades 5-12. Students will take courses in the School of Langauges and Cultures and in the College of Education, will do student teaching in a local school, and upon successful completion of the degree program, will receive the teaching licensure required to teach in Indiana public schools.
This program meets state and national licensure standards and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and the State of Indiana, State Board of Education. Admission to and successful completion of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) are required.
Please visit Chinese Studies for more information.
120 Credits Required
Liberal Arts Curriculum
Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
Departmental/Program Major Courses
Pre-requisite Language Courses
Before undertaking this major, the student must establish language proficiency in Chinese equivalent to Chinese Level IV. Proficiency may be established by taking and passing CHNS 20200 - Chinese Level IV , by examination, or by other evidence acceptable by the School of Language and Cultures. If pre-requisite courses need to be taken for credit, the credits will be applied to Electives.
Chinese Studies Major (33 credits)
A. Chinese Language (6 credits)
B. Advanced Chinese Language (3 credits)
C. Introduction to Chinese Literature (3 credits)
D. Advanced Chinese Literature I (3 credits)
E. Advanced Chinese Literature II (3 credits)
F. Chinese Selectives (15 credits)
Teaching World Languages Concentration–Professional Education Requirements (47 credits)
All Professional Education courses, including Learner (Specialty) Pathway Concentration courses, are calculated into the Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C”).
Learner Specialty Pathway Course (3 credits)
Choose one course from one of the learner pathway areas below. Students can elect to take additional coursework to complete a full concentration if they choose, but is not required. See the link for concentration requirements.
If you desire additional information regarding the Learner Pathway Concentrations, please reach out to your academic advisor or visit the Learner Specialty Concentrations tab found here.
Other Departmental (12 credits)
The College of Liberal Arts Other Departmental area is designed to be experiential, informative, and relevant to life in a rapidly changing universe. It combines courses that fulfill University Core foundational outcomes, discipline diversity, social diversity, and other languages to produce a well-rounded background for students. Coursework is integrative and collaborative and fosters insight, understanding, independence, initiative, and the desire to reach across divides and redefine our relationship to the peoples and the worlds that surround us.
Core III: Linguistic Diversity (0 credits)
Proficiency through Level IV in one world language. Courses may be required to reach Level IV proficiency; these courses will be counted toward electives. (fulfills Humanities for core)
Foundational Requirements (12 credits)
Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes.
- Humanities - CHNS 30100. (fulfills Humanities for core)
- Behavioral/Social Science - EDCI 28500 or EDPS 23500. (fulfills Behavioral/Social Science for core)
- Information Literacy - EDCI 27000. (fulfills Information Literacy for core)
- Science #1 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
- Science #2 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
- Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science, Technology, Society for core)
- Written Communication - EDCI 20500. (fulfills Written Communication for core)
- Oral Communication - EDCI 49800. (fulfills Oral Communication for core)
- Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Quantitative Reasoning for core)
- Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
- All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirement, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
- “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)
For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 in the Major is required for the student to graduate with a Chinese Studies Major. No course with a grade lower than C- may be counted toward the Major. The P/NP option is not available for this requirement. No Department credit beyond CHNS 202, nor credit by exam, may be counted toward the Major.
- For native speakers of Chinese who wish to major in Chinese Studies, CHNS 30100-40200 and 31300 do not count toward the Major. Students need to choose 33 credits from Areas B, C (except for CHNS 24100), and D.
- Students completing a Chinese Studies Major may not also declare a Chinese Minor, Asian Studies Major, or Asian Studies Minor.
- * Indicates courses that can be repeated with different content.
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
- 32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
- 2.5 Overall GPA is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
- 2.67 Content GPA, as calculated by the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure, is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
- 3.0 Professional Education GPA is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
- Indiana Licensure information.
- Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information.
- Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy
- P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.
|ASL-American Sign Language
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