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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chinese Studies, BA

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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.

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Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Chinese Studies  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

120 credits

Liberal Arts Core 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.

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Departmental/Program Major Courses (33 credits)

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 /22400 /20700 , by examination or by other evidence acceptable by the School of Language and Cultures.

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. 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.

* Indicated courses that can be repeated with different contents.

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)

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  • Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) - Credits Hours: 12.00
  • Mathematics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (26 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology & Society Selective
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

16 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

  • Natural Science - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

  • Natural Science Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

14 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • Individual & Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

14 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements

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Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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