The Washington State University Catalog

Chinese Language and Culture

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Chinese Language and Culture (120 Credits)

A minimum of 34 hours beyond the 203 level (or the equivalent level in competence) in the major language is required for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures. CHINESE 101, 102, and 203 do not count toward the major. Students who place into 102 and receive a B or better qualify for an additional 4 departmental advanced placement credits; students placing into 203 or above and receiving a B or better qualify for 8 departmental advanced placement credits. A maximum of 8 departmental AP credits is possible. See department for details.

Majors must complete either a minor in a second foreign language, a concentration of at least 16 credits in a related field, or a second major.

No course in which a C- or lower grade is earned will be counted toward the major or minor. 300-400-level courses taken pass, fail may not be included for credit toward the major. No course may be repeated for credit toward the major unless thus designated in the catalog. No course may count for both the major and the minor.

Majors and prospective majors are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad, living in the target culture and enhancing their fluency. Many accredited study abroad programs are available; students should work with their advisers in the selection of a program.

Of the 34 hours required for the major, a minimum of 15 must be taken in residence with 6 of these hours at the 400 level. A maximum of 12 credits per semester or 18 credits per year earned in a study abroad program may be applied toward the major. Credits for CHINESE 105, 205, 305, and 405 may not be applied toward the major or minor.

All majors must complete an exit proficiency examination during the semester in which they complete the last language course of their major. There is a fee charged for the exam.
First Year
First TermCredits
CHINESE 101, 102, 203 or Elective14
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
FOR LANG 101, 110, 120, 130, or 2203
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN] 3
Second TermCredits
CHINESE 102, 203 or Elective 14
CHINESE 111, 120, 121, or 1313
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Second Year
First TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]24
CHINESE 203 or Elective14
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
CHINESE 204 or 3073
CHINESE 311 [M], 320 [M], 321[M], or 330 [M]3
Humanities [HUM]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]24
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
CHINESE 306, 307, or 3083
CHINESE 361, 363, 364, or 4503
Chinese Area Studies Elective43
Diversity [DIVR]3
Second TermCredits
CHINESE 306, 307, or 3083
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
300-400-level Electives33
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
CHINESE 306, 307, or 3083
Chinese Area Studies Elective43
300-400-level Electives39
Second TermCredits
CHINESE 361, 363, 364, or 4503
Chinese Area Studies Elective43
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
300-400-level Electives36
Exit Proficiency Exam

1Student must meet proficiency requirement to enroll in CHINESE 204. Study abroad in an immersion program in China or Taiwan is strongly recommended.
2To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI] and SCIENCE 102 [SCI]. SCIENCE 101 [SCI] is offered Fall semester and is a prerequisite for SCIENCE 102 [SCI]. SCIENCE 102 [SCI] is offered Spring semester.
3Electives must be represented by an approved university minor in a second foreign language; 16 credits in a concentrated related field; or a second major in another field. Electives should include sufficient 300-400 level coursework to meet University requirement of 40 upper division credits.
4Chinese Area Studies (9 credits): Approved courses include ASIA 302 [M], 314, 315 [M], 476 [M], CES 314 [M], 315 [M], and POL S 333, or as approved by advisor. University requirements include a total of two [M] courses.

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