Languages: Chinese: Courses

Courses By Semester

The following tables represent the the semester when a course is typically offered (if it is planned to be offered in a particular semester; there are also other courses occasionally offered). There is some flexibility to adjust courses based on demand and instructor availability.  Contact the Chinese Advisor and/or search the Schedule of Classes in OSCAR for upcoming semester's offerings.

Jump to descriptions of the following courses: 20113003, 3004, 3021, 4003, 4004, 4006, 4021, 4022, 4023, 4500, 4699

Online Courses: Chinese 1001, 1002, 2001 & 2002 also offered as online courses (requiring some on campus attendance once a week)

Fall Semester

  • CHIN 1001 - Elementary Chinese I
  • CHIN 1002 - Elementary Chinese II
  • CHIN 1011 - Accelerated Elem. Chin I
  • CHIN 2001 - Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 2002 - Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 2011 - Accelerated Int. Chin I
  • CHIN 3003 - Intermediate Chinese III
  • CHIN 3021 - Chin Society & Culture I
  • CHIN 4003 - Advanced Chinese II
  • CHIN 4021 - Adv. Lang., Pop Music & Culture
  • CHIN 4813 - Special Topics

Spring Semester

  • CHIN 1001 - Elementary Chinese I
  • CHIN 1002 - Elementary Chinese II
  • CHIN 1012 - Accelerated Elem. Chin II
  • CHIN 2001 - Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 2002 - Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 2012 - Accelerated Int. Chin II
  • CHIN 3004 - Advanced Chinese I
  • CHIN 3022 - Chin Society & Culture II
  • CHIN 4004 - Advanced Chinese III
  • CHIN 4022 - Kungfu Fiction & Pop Culture
  • CHIN 4023 - Strategy & The Art of War

Sequence for Beginning Students

The basic Chinese language sequence from 1st year to 4th year is as follows: 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 3003, 3004, 4003, 4004.  Further details can be found in the online course catalogue.

Integrated Chinese Textbook - Class Correlation

The following list indicates the curriculum for Chinese 1001 thru Chinese 2012. Please note that there is overlap between the accelerated courses (1011, 1012, 2011, 2012) and the regularly paced courses (1001, 1002, 2001, 2002). Thus, if you start with the accelerated course and finish Chinese 1012, but elect to return to the regular paced series, your next class would be Chinese 2002. Please contact the Chinese Advisor for additional clarification, if necessary.

Class Textbook Series: Integrated Chinese 3rd Edition >Lessons
CHIN 1001 Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1 Intro-7
CHIN 1011 Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1 1-10
CHIN 1002 Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1 & Part 2 8-15
CHIN 1012 Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 2 11-20
CHIN 2001 Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 2 16-20
CHIN 2001 Integrated Chinese Level 2, Part 1 1-2
CHIN 2002 Integrated Chinese Level 2, Part 1 3-10
CHIN 2011 Integrated Chinese Level 2, Part 1 1-10
CHIN 2012 Integrated Chinese Level 2, Part 2 11-20

Course Descriptions

Chinese 2011: Accelerated Intermediate Chinese I

Description: Heritage learners. Prepreq: CHIN 1012 or equivalent. This is the second course in the Chinese sequence geared for heritage learners. Students will keep developing the four skills of listening, advanced speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese and continue Lesson 20-26 of the text book "Oh! China!" The course aims to improve Mandarin pronunciation; understanding of grammatical structures, building up advanced language format, and correction of grammatical irregularities. Topics enhance understanding of Chinese culture and Chinese American culture, as well as modern Chinese life and political situation of the greater China region. Students who have taken CHIN 1012, 2001, or 2002 (or the equivalent) are welcome to register. Contact the Chinese Advisor or Instructor with questions.

Chinese 3003: Intermediate Chinese III

Description: This is a 3 credit, proficiency based, upper intermediate level language course which simultaneously develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Mandarin Chinese. CHIN 3003 is the 5th semester in the basic Chinese language sequence and a continuation from Chinese 2002 (Chinese 2002 or equivalent are required – see/email instructor for placement). Students are expected to continue expanding their knowledge of vocabulary (approximately 600-700 vocabulary written in characters, traditional and/or simplified), grammar and sentence structures. You are encouraged to become passively familiar with traditional or simplified characters (depending upon which set you have not studied). Not open to native speakers/readers.  Pre-req: CHIN 2002 or equivalent

Textbook: Bai Jianhua, Juyu Sung & Janet Zhiqun Xing.  Beyond the Basics: Communicative Chinese for Intermediate/Advanced Learners.  2nd ed. Boston: Cheng & Tsui Co., 2009. Lessons 1-7.

Chinese 3004: Advanced Chinese I

Description: This is a 3 credit, proficiency based, advanced level third year language course which simultaneously develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Mandarin Chinese. This is the 6th semester in the basic Chinese language sequence and a direct continuation of Chinese 3003. Students are expected to continue expanding their knowledge of vocabulary (approximately 600-700 vocabulary written in characters, traditional and/or simplified), grammar and sentence structures. You are encouraged to become passively familiar with traditional or simplified characters (depending upon which set you have not studied). Not open to native speakers/readers.  Pre-req: CHIN 3003 or equivalent.

Textbook: Bai Jianhua, Juyu Sung & Janet Zhiqun Xing.  Beyond the Basics: Communicative Chinese for Intermediate/Advanced Learners.  2nd ed. Boston: Cheng & Tsui Co., 2009. Lessons 8-14.

Chinese 3021: Chinese Society & Culture I

Description: This intermediate-advanced course is designed for students who have taken two or three years of Chinese language courses and intend to broaden their vocabulary and grammar foundation, as well as understanding of cultural issues in contemporary China. The 8 topics for this semester include public signs, standard speech and writing, “Made in China” products, henpecked husbands, Chinese idioms, “Iron Bowl” secure jobs, ping-pong diplomacy, and the college entrance examination. Pre-req: CHIN 2002 or equivalent.

Textbook: Chih-p’ing Chou, et. al. A New China: An Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese. Princeton University Press, 2011.

Chinese 4003: Advanced Chinese I

Description: This advanced level course is designed for the students who have taken three years of Chinese language courses and may have done the LBAT study-abroad program as well. Reading materials are selected from the Chinese newspapers and magazines since 2000. They deal with topics related to the economic, cultural, social, and political changes in China since the country’s opening up in the late 1970s. The topics we discuss this semester include the pros and cons of cell phone and high tech; the “dangers” of the Internet and the Internet censorship, marriage issues, gender imbalance, language policy, and the cheap labor/American President's election. Topics may vary each year. Pre-req: CHIN 3004 or equivalent.

Chinese 4004: Advanced Chinese II

Description: This advanced level course is designed for the students who have taken three years of Chinese language courses and may have done the LBAT study-abroad program. It is a continuation of CHIN 4003, although 4003 is not a prerequisite. Reading materials are selected from authentic Chinese newspapers and magazines. They deal with topics related to the economic, cultural, social, and political changes in China since the country’s opening up in the late 1970s. The topics we will cover this semester include American families’ adoption of Chinese orphans, urbanization and migrant workers, housing reforms, environment protection, college graduates in the tough job market, globalization and western influence, and Taiwan and Hong Kong issues. Pre-req: CHIN 3004 or equivalent.

Chinese 4006: Intercultural Communication

Description: This course examines how and why Chinese and Americans often misunderstand or misinterpret each other in their verbal and nonverbal communication and interactions. We seek to identify the distinctive patterns of thought and action that account for the particular configurations of Chinese and American cultures. The goal is to foster students’ understanding of the importance of cultural factors of one’s own as well as others in shaping people’s lives, businesses, society, policies and politics. 

Following a comparative analysis of sharply contrasting historical and cultural configuration of the two countries, we will take a bird’s eye look at the Sino-American tableau from 1784, when the first American ship dropped anchor off Guangzhou, to the Second World War, which set the stage for a closer – and more complicated – relationship. The main focus of the course will be on the period since the Nixon-Zhou Enlai communiqué of 1972 that broke the Cold War impasse and ushered in the era of intense engagement that continues to the present. Pre-req: CHIN 3004 or equivalent.

Chinese 4021: Advanced Language, Popular Music and Culture

Description: Utilizing popular songs/videos as cultural texts, this 3 credit, proficiency based, advanced level language and culture course simultaneously continues the’ development of conversation/oral presentation, listening, reading, writing and web-based research in Chinese. Not open to native speakers/readersPre-req: CHIN 3004 or equivalent. Attributes: Typically covers Advanced Language Acquisition, Societies and Cultures, Arts and Media

Online Text/Curriculum: Paul. B. Foster 傅抱仁, 《高级汉语、流行音乐与文化》 [Advanced Language, Popular Music and Culture], Interface: Szu-Chia Lu, Georgia Tech School of Modern Languages, 2013.

Chinese 4022: Kungfu Fiction & Pop Culture

Description: Utilizing authentic Chinese kungfu fiction texts, this 3 credit, proficiency based, advanced level language and culture course simultaneously continues the students’ development skills of conversation/oral presentation, listening, reading, writing and web-based research in Chinese. Access page hereNot open to native speakers/readers.  Pre-req: CHIN 3004 or equivalent. Attributes: Typically covers Advanced Language Acquisition, Societies and Cultures, Arts and Media

Textbook/Curriculum: In development, Paul. B. Foster 傅抱仁Jin Yong’s Martial Arts Fiction: A Textbook for Advanced Chinese Language and Pop Culture Study 《金庸武侠小说:高级汉语与流行文化》.

Chinese 4023: Strategy & The Art of War 

Description: Utilizing authentic classical texts with their modern Chinese translations, examples of the modern application of Sunzi’s Art of War 《孙子兵法》  and The Thirty-Six Stratagems 《三 十六计》  found in martial arts literature, as well as television series adaptations and television reports, this 3 credit, proficiency based, advanced level language and culture course simultaneously continues the students’ development skills of conversation/oral presentation, listening, reading (including an introduction to Classical Chinese), writing and web-based research in Chinese. Not open to native speakers/readers.  Pre-req: CHIN 3004 or equivalent. Attributes: Typically covers Advanced Language Acquisition, Societies and Cultures, Arts and Media, Industry and Technology

Online Text/Curriculum: Paul. B. Foster 傅抱仁, 高级汉语: 《孙子兵法》与《三十六计》 [Advanced Chinese: Sunzi's Art of War & The Thirty-Six Stratagems]。  Georgia Tech School of Modern Languages, 2015.

Chinese 4500: Intercultural Seminar

Description: This is the Capstone Course for Chinese ALIS Majors. Conducted in Mandarin Chinese, this seminar provides students a cross-cultural research platform to explore the importance of intercultural communication skills in dealing with issues in current events and international affairs in globalization today. Students taking this class should have substantial China experience and cultural exposure, preferably including summer study abroad in Shanghai and Qingdao, or individual China studies. Drawn from students’ personal experience, this course analyzes Chinese and American interactions, and how we can work together to resolve differences and misunderstandings. Because success can only be achieved by knowing your counterpart as well as yourself, it is important for students to understand both how Americans view Chinese culture and how Chinese view American culture. Our goal is to foster the practical intercultural communication skills that future American leaders -- in business, industry, government, and the professions -- will be confronting in the 21st century. This course begins with discussion of basic cultural components to lay a foundation for students to analyze their China experience and current Sino-U.S. events. Students then develop communication knowhow that will enable them to function effectively and comfortably in a China-related field.  Pre-req: CHIN 4004 or equivalent.

Chinese 4699: Undergraduate Research

Description: Undergraduate research is independent study. A few rules of thumb to consider:

  • Pre-reqs: It's best to have completed 3rd year Chinese to be able to successfully tackle a research course.
  • Faculty/Student Record:  Research projects are challenging, and require extraordinary individual discipline, thus it is typical to have a track record with the professor with whom you are doing the undergraduate research, which also indicates the level of confidence in your successfully completing the project.
  • Research Protocol: You'll need to complete a research protocol with your professor (varies by professor) before you'll be allowed to register in order make sure the project is well defined and your assessment and the progression of your research is clear. This will help ensure success in your project/course.
  • Contact Professor: Students should contact the instructor to discuss protocol and explore the possibility of pursuing a 4699.