Students majoring in Chinese Studies will necessarily be engaged in rigorous intellectual
exchanges within global contexts, as every topic connects to the East-West paradigm.
Specifically, through our courses on Chinese language, culture, or literature, students learn ways
of managing impending issues concerning human conditions from fresh aspects: social
conscience (altruism), human rights (humaneness), poverty and social justice (taxation,
commerce, and land reform), governing styles (legalism, Daoism, and Confucianism),
environmentalism (Daoism), religion (morality and self-cultivation), and more. Together, these
courses translate to a good understanding of not only China's recent rise from a closed
Communist society to a "government-controlled capitalist" country but also of the thousands of
years' traditions (i.e., Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism) that are still deeply rooted in the
contemporary Chinese psyche.
Our courses provide theoretical and historical insights as well as practical and contemporary
skills required for students to demarcate a clearer career path within the plethora of fields related
to Asia, such as economics, political science, computer science, arts, education, and
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR
|TOTAL COURSES REQUIRED||Ten|
Two courses in Chinese language
One course covering Chinese culture broadly; there are 5 ways to fulfill this requirement: 1) ASIA 140; 2) ASIA 251; 3) HIST 107; 4) HIST 108; or 5)POLS 253ASIA 480 (Senior Seminar): In consultation with the instructor, students should include a component of China in the substantial essay they complete for the course. In exceptional cases, students may opt to complete an independent senior thesis with consultation and permission from the AS director.
|OTHER REQUIRED COURSES||A minimum of six courses from among the following (at least two of the six coursesshould be on a Chinese topic only): ARTH 133, ARTH 135, ARTH 234, ARTH236, ARTH 334, ASIA 140, ASIA 190 (when a Chinese topic), ASIA 197 (when aChinese topic), ASIA 250, ASIA 251, ASIA 290 (when a Chinese topic), ASIA 390(when a Chinese topic), ASIA 470 (when a Chinese topic), CHIN 161, CHIN 162,CHIN 261, CHIN 262, CHIN 269, CHIN 361, CHIN 362, CHIN 461, CHIN EXP,ECON 330, HIST 100 (when a Chinese topic), HIST 107, HIST 108, HIST 190(when a Chinese topic), HIST 252, HIST 290 (when a Chinese topic), HIST 351,HIST 353, HIST 490 (when a Chinese topic), HIST 491 (when a Chinese topic),HONR 102 (when a Chinese topic), HONR 300 (when a Chinese topic), POLS 253,REL 130, REL 258, REL 259, REL 290 (when a Chinese topic), REL 491 (when aChinese topic), SOC 301 (when a Chinese topic). A number of other courses may be applied toward the Chinese Studies program. See the Schedule of Classes each semester for a complete listing.|
|NUMBER 300 AND 400 LEVEL COURSES||Three including ASIA 480 (where China is substantial in the content)|
|SENIOR REQUIREMENT AND CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE||All Chinese Studies Majors must complete the Asian Studies Senior Seminar (ASIA
480), which includes a substantial essay, with a grade of "C" or above. All students
are expected to give a public presentation of their work.
|ADDITIONAL INFORMATION||A maximum of 3 courses per term (and 5 in total) may be counted toward the major
from semester-long study abroad programs.
A maximum of 6 language courses can count toward the Chinese Studies major.
|WRITING IN THE MAJOR||Majors in Chinese Studies complete the writing in the major requirement by
preparing a portfolio of their writing from courses they have taken in Chinese
Studies. The portfolio should include the following items: 1) an analysis of a
cultural product, perception, or practice; 2) a thesis or research paper; 3) an essay
written in Chinese; and 4) an essay reflecting on the intellectual trajectory in
Chinese Studies. Students complete items 1and 2 in their normal courses and 3 in
CHIN 261 or any other intermediate or advanced Chinese class. The only additional
writing for the portfolio is item 4. Students should consult with their advisor or the
director for details on the portfolio.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR
|TOTAL COURSES REQUIRED||Five Credits (Three of the five must be taken at DePauw)|
|CORE COURSES||Two Chinese language courses at any level.|
|OTHER REQUIRED COURSES||A minimum of three courses in which China is an essential part of the
At least one of the three courses should be solely on a Chinese topic.
|NUMBER 300 AND 400 LEVEL COURSES||One course|
|TOTAL COURSES REQUIRED||Five|
|OTHER REQUIRED COURSES||Five credits in Chinese language courses at the 200-level or above. Only one of these courses may be taken off-campus.|
|NUMBER 300 AND 400 LEVEL COURSES||Two