Delve into the world's most commonly spoken language while exploring a vibrant, varied culture. Our Chinese classes are designed to prepare our students to engage in a global world, equipped with Chinese language skills and cultural knowledge. Our students will apply their linguistic and cultural competencies to a wide variety of majors and careers, most notably, international studies and business. They will develop problem-solving skills to address future global challenges.
We offer study abroad opportunities in multiple locations in China to students who have completed two years of language study. Among them, the language immersion program at China Studies Institute hosted in Beijing University is one of our star programs.
Our faculty and students collaborate on opportunities that advance scholarly inquiry, cultivate critical and creative thought, and generate knowledge.
DU's Minor in Chinese offers:
Small, interactive classes that allow students ample opportunity to interact with our accomplished instructors
Study abroad opportunities around the Greater China area
Opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations in creative projects, language partnership with native Chinese students, internships and entrepreneurship
Independent study programs and collaboration with faculty members
- To minor in Chinese students need to complete a minimum of 24 quarter hours of approved courses beyond CHIN 2001. Four of these 24 quarter hours will be from CHIN 3300 or above.
- CHIN 1516: Contemporary China in Literature and Film, which partially fulfills an Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement, can be used to satisfy minor requirements.
- Minors who choose to study abroad are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Chinese course, CHIN 3300 or above, upon their return. Up to 12 quarter hours of approved transfer credit can be counted toward the minor.
See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements.
Asian Ecocinema and Ecoliterature
About this Course
Following decades of economic boom, continuing industrial development, and expansion of urbanization, many Asian countries, especially China and India, are now facing unprecedented environmental crises. The list of ecological woes in Asian countries include air, water, and soil pollution; flooding and drought, deforestation and desertification, epidemics of diseases, coal mine accidents, the loss of land to urban expansion, and mass migration. Asian ecoliterature and ecocinema, both in documentary and feature film form, have functioned as responses to, and critical reflection of, the urgent environmental crises, as well as broader cultural, historical, and social issues that caused environmental and ecological problems. Through critically examining the representative literary and filmic works, this course will 1) introduce students to ancient Asian concepts about Nature and critical events that have reshaped the historical course of development of the concerned countries; 2) demonstrate and explain primary themes presented in the ecocinema and literature, such as hydro-politics of air, water, forests and development; bio-ethics and green culture; eco-aesthetics and the representations of Nature; migration and urbanization. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.
Chinese Society in Transition
About this Course
Through studying selected texts and focusing on topics about various aspects of Chinese society in transition, this class aims at strengthening and further developing students’ overall skills, in particular, skills of reading comprehension, presenting information and one’s opinions, and debating with other people. Prerequisite: CHIN 2003 plus study in China OR CHIN 2302; or permission of instructor.
Business Chinese I
About this Course
Advanced reading course designated for students who have an advanced level of Chinese language proficiency or who are in their fourth year of a Chinese language curriculum either at the undergraduate or graduate level.