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Chinese Requirements

Chinese Major

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is excited to unveil our new Mandarin Chinese Major. For complete information on classes please reference the college catalog or visit our Mandarin Courses page to learn about our featured course and view the list of courses offered in Mandarin Chinese.

Chinese Major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours.

Required Courses (20 credit hours)   
Course    Name    Hours 
CHIN 331    Chinese Conversation    4
CHIN 332    Chinese Composition   4
CHIN 337    GP* Readings in Chinese Society and Culture  
CHIN 346    Modern Chinese Literature   
CHIN 494    Senior Seminar (topic varies)   
AND Study Abroad - Options include Wheaton in China (or equivalent academic term abroad)   
Courses offered abroad include:
CHIN 334    Chinese Civilization and Culture (Required for Wheaton in China)  

CHIN 338
CHIN 341


GP* Advanced Chinese in China

GP* Special Topics in Chinese Language and Culture




The following electives may be used to reach minimum of 32 upper-division hours:
CHIN 301   Chinese Character Acquisition (every other year)   2
CHIN 302   Chinese Through Scripture   4
CHIN 303   Chinese Grammar   4
CHIN 335   Business Chinese (every other year)   2
CHIN 336   Chinese Cinema   4
CHIN 351   Classical Chinese Poetry (every other year)   2
CHIN 495   Independent Study (Departmental permission required)   1-4


Chinese Minor

Students take 20 credit hours of coursework at the upper-divisional (300-400) level. Conversation (331) and Composition (332) are required. Wheaton in China (offered every other year) or an approved study abroad program is strongly recommended. Minors are encouraged to consult with a CHIN faculty member regarding selection of courses; no independent study.

*Note 1: Abbreviations refer to courses fulfilling general education requirements of the Thematic Core. LE=Literary Explorations; GP=Global Perspectives; DUS=Diversity in the United States; VP=Visual & Performing Arts; HP=Historical Perspectives; SI=Social Inquiry

Note 2: Students may work with their advisors to complete alternative study abroad programs not offered by Wheaton. The alternative program must be accredited by a U.S. four-year college or university or by the International Accreditation Association of Colleges and Universities. Six (6) credits minimum; 8-16 recommended.

Note 3: At least 16 hours must be taken in residence: that is, through Wheaton College. No more than 16 hours of upper-division transfer credit in Chinese may be applied to the major. Transfer credits include AP credits and coursework completed abroad through a non-Wheaton College or a non-CCCU program.