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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

Modern Languages and Literatures: Chinese


Courses

Faculty

HAILI KONG, Professor and Section Head1
PENG XU, Assistant Professor
JIAJIA WANG, Visiting Assistant Professor
CASEY LEE, Visiting Instructor
WOL A KANG, Lecturer
KIRSTEN E. SPEIDEL, Senior Lecturer
MIN WANG, Lecturer


1 Absent on leave, fall 2017.


 

The Academic Program


Students may major or minor in Chinese in both the Course and Honors Programs. The Chinese major contains components of language, literature and culture. Study abroad is strongly encouraged and supported, and contributes directly to a major or minor in Chinese. Students of Chinese also may choose a special major in interdisciplinary Chinese studies (see below), or a major in Asian studies (see under Asian Studies ), where Chinese language courses above the first-year level as well as Chinese literature and culture courses and credit for study abroad normally may be counted toward the major.

Students interested in majoring or minoring in Chinese should consult with the section head of Chinese as soon as possible.

First- through fourth-year Chinese language courses are offered each year, as is an introductory course on reading Classical Chinese. First-year Chinese and the Introduction to Classical Chinese have no prerequisites and are open to the entire student community. Literature, culture, and film courses in translation also are offered each year and are open to all students. Students of Chinese are particularly urged to take these classes as a means of gaining perspective on traditional and modern Chinese literature and culture over more than two millennia, from early times into the contemporary. Seminars welcome students not majoring or minoring in Chinese, with permission of the instructor.

Introductory and intermediate Chinese language courses are intensive and carry 1.5 credits per semester. Students should plan to take these courses as early as possible so that studying in China can be incorporated into their curriculum.

Course Major in Chinese


  1. A minimum of nine credits in courses numbered 003B and above.
  2. Mandatory completion of the following courses: 020, 021, 033 or equivalent; at least one course or seminar on modern Chinese literature/film in translation, and at least one course or seminar on pre-modern literature/culture in translation.
  3. Study abroad in a program approved by the section is strongly recommended; transferred credits normally may be counted toward the major.
  4. A minimum of six credits of work must be completed at Swarthmore.
  5. A culminating exercise, honors seminar, or thesis.
  6. Senior Colloquium.

Course Minor in Chinese


  1. A minimum of five credits of work in courses numbered 004B and above.
  2. At least two credits in Chinese language courses numbered 004B and above.
  3. At least two credits in classical or modern literature/culture/film.
  4. A minimum of three credits of work must be completed at Swarthmore.
  5. Study abroad in a program approved by the section is strongly recommended; transferred credits normally may be counted toward the minor.
  6. Senior Colloquium.

Honors Major in Chinese


Requirements for the honors major in Chinese essentially are the same as those for the course major, excepting the culminating exercise. An honors major in Chinese will consist of examinations in Chinese language, literature and culture. Work done abroad may be incorporated, where appropriate. Honors preparations in Chinese consist of 2-credit seminar; designated pairs of courses (or 1-credit attachment to designated 1-credit course); or a 2-credit thesis. Senior honors study is mandatory and normally is done in the spring semester of the senior year. Work is arranged on an individual basis, and candidates may receive up to one credit for completion of the work. Honors examinations normally will consist of three 3-hour written examinations and a 30-minute oral for each examination.

Honors students of Chinese may also consider a special major in interdisciplinary Chinese studies that is coordinated by the section head of Chinese, or an honors major in Asian studies (see under Asian Studies ).

Honors Minor in Chinese


It is possible to prepare for an honors minor in Chinese in either Chinese language or in Chinese literature in translation. Requirements for the honors minor in Chinese essentially are the same as those for the course minor. The honors preparation will consist of a 2-credit seminar, or a designated pair of courses (or a 1-credit attachment to a designated 1-credit course). Senior honors study is mandatory and normally is done in the spring semester of the senior year; work is arranged on an individual basis, and candidates will have the option of receiving 0.5 credit for completion of the work. The Honors examination normally will consist of one 3-hour written examination and a 30-minute oral examination.

Students of Chinese may also consider an honors minor in Asian studies (see under Asian Studies ).

Special Major in Interdisciplinary Chinese Studies


  1. A minimum of 10 credits in courses numbered 003B and higher.
  2. Must complete the following courses: 012 or higher; at least three additional courses on language/literature/culture/film, at least one of these concerning the modern period and at least one concerning the pre-modern period.
  3. Study abroad in a program approved by the section is strongly recommended; transferred credits normally may be counted toward the major.
  4. A minimum of six credits of work must be completed at Swarthmore.
  5. At least one and up to three credits can be earned from other departments on China-related subjects with the approval of the Chinese section.
  6. A culminating exercise, honors seminar or thesis.
  7. Senior Colloquium.

Special Major in Linguistics and Languages


1. Complete three credits numbered above 004B

2. One of the three credits must be Chinese 033 (classical Chinese)

Off-Campus Study


Study abroad is particularly encouraged for students of Chinese; academic credit (full or partial) is generally approved for participation in several recommended programs of varying duration in the People's Republic of China and in Taiwan. In the People's Republic, these include, but are not limited to, the Inter-University Program (IUP) Program at Tsing-hua University, the Princeton in Beijing Program (PIB), the Associated Colleges in China (ACC) Program, the CET Program in Harbin, and the Middlebury program in Kunming. In Taiwan, these include the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP), the Mandarin Training Center in Taipei, and the Chinese Language Center, National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.

Chinese Courses