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The Minor Program in Chinese Studies is an interdisciplinary program offering a specialized study of China through coursework in the related disciplines of language, anthropology, history, geography, philosophy, and political science. China's economic and political presence is increasingly prominent in the United States. CU Denver is uniquely positioned to make use of its location as the cultural, economic and political center of the Rocky Mountain region and of its diverse, well-trained and highly qualified faculty to offer a course of interdisciplinary studies related to China. Students may choose to focus either on General Chinese Studies or Chinese Language and Culture. On the one hand, General Chinese Studies encourages an interdisciplinary approach of accepting courses from various departments that focus on history, political science, art, philosophy, and more from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. On the other hand, Chinese Language and Culture further develops students' linguistic competence and cultural awareness. The minor program offers a wide variety and levels of Mandarin Chinese language and culture courses that not only improve students' communication skills but also give a deeper look into different aspects of Chinese culture.
The program in Chinese studies offers a host of study abroad opportunities throughout the academic year and every summer. CU Denver has on-going programs at the China Agricultural University in Beijing, and programs in Taipei, as well as an association with Yunnan University in Kunming. Study abroad programs of five weeks to one year in length may be arranged, and program faculty can help students enroll in intensive Chinese language programs in Taiwan or on the mainland. Students pursuing the minor in Chinese language and area studies are encouraged to complete the program with a period of residence and study in China.
Program Director: Dr. I-hao Victor Woo
Advisor: Dr. I-hao Victor Woo
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Minor
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Students must satisfy all requirements as outlined below and by the department offering the minor.
Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the approved courses.
Students must complete a minimum of 6 upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours in the minor, chosen from the approved courses below.
Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all minor courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the minor GPA. Students cannot complete minor or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours with CU Denver faculty chosen from the approved courses below.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
Courses taken at other institutions may be applied to the minor but only with approval of a Chinese faculty advisor in the Department of Modern Languages.
|Take the following||6|
|CHIN 1000||China and the Chinese||3|
|or CHIN 1071||Mandarin Chinese for the Professions|
|CHIN 2110||Second Year Chinese I||3|
|Take 9 credits 1||9|
|ANTH 4995||Global Study Topics (must be China-related)||3-9|
|ANTH 4000||Special Topics in Anthropology||3|
|CHIN 2120||Second Year Chinese II||3|
|CHIN 2970||Contemporary Chinese Cinema||3|
|CHIN 3010||Advanced Intermediate Chinese||3|
|CHIN 3130||Special Topics in Chinese||3|
|CHIN 3200||Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture||3|
|CHIN 3300||Special Topics on Chinese Film||3|
|CHIN 3995||Global Study Topics (must be China-related)||3|
|COMM 3230||Chinese Communication & Culture in Context||3|
|COMM 4430||Communication, China, and the US||3|
|COMM 4995||Global Study Topics||1-15|
|FINE 4524||Topics in Art History II: Modern and Contemporary Art||1-3|
|FINE 4750||Arts of China||3|
|GEOG 3160||Geography of China||3|
|HIST 3470||Intro to East Asia: Since 1800||3|
|HIST 4420||Traditional China: China to 1600||3|
|HIST 4421||Modern China||3|
|HIST 4422||Lvng thr Mao's China: Life, Mat. Cult, Movies, 1949-76||3|
|LING 2000||Foundations of Linguistics||3|
|LING 3100||Language in Society||3|
|PSCI 4186||East Asia in World Affairs||3|
|PSCI 4615||Politics and Government of China||3|
|PSCI 4726||Seminar on U.S. and China Relations||3|
|PSCI 4995||Global Study Topics (must be China-related)||1-3|
|PHIL 3410||Asian Philosophies and Religions||3|
|PHIL 3981||Chinese Philosophy and Culture||3|
|RLST 3410||Asian Philosophies and Religions||3|
|RLST 3660||Chinese Philosophy and Culture||3|
The Chinese Studies Program Director may approve additional courses. Students are encouraged to work with the director to devise a plan of study.
To learn more about the Student Learning Outcomes for this program, please visit our website.