China (or the Greater China that includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, the Special Administration Region of China) has increasingly become a major player on the political and economic stage in East Asia and in global politics. Its culture, philosophy, and arts have had lasting influence in the East Asian region. The opening up of China in the post-Mao era since 1976 has provided ample opportunities for scholarly pursuit, business and trade ventures, government and foreign services, and legal and other professional undertakings.
In response to the new opportunities and challenges, the Chinese Program sets forth not only to provide students with another option to meet the language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences at SU, but also to prepare those who aspire to or are interested in the exploration of careers related to China.
Currently, Chinese Program offers Chinese language courses from elementary to the advanced levels. These courses, together with courses offered by the Asian Studies Major, provide students a broad, diversified and yet focused learning experience on China. Students can also choose to minor in Chinese in addition to their major.
SU graduates with a Chinese minor have found employment as U.S. diplomatic officer in China, marketing and salespersons in companies in Hong Kong and Shanghai, teaching English and French in Chinese institutions, pursuing IMBA in the MIT-China program in Beijing, pursuing internship and careers in international businesses and non-profit organizations home and abroad.
To earn a minor in Chinese, students must complete 35 credits with a minimum 2.00 GPA in one modern language.
In order to receive full credit for courses in Chinese, they must be taken in the numerical sequence (CHIN 1150-CHIN 2350) as listed below. A previous course cannot be repeated to improve a grade once a higher course in the sequence is in progress or has been completed.
CHIN 1150 Chinese Language I (5 credits)
CHIN 1250 Chinese Language II (5 credits)
CHIN 1350 Chinese Language III (5 credits)
CHIN 2150 Chinese Language IV (5 credits)
CHIN 2250 Chinese Language V (5 credits, Service-learning)
CHIN 2350 Chinese Language VI (5 credits, Service-learning)
An integrated approach to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin Chinese and culture. These courses constitute a systematic study of Mandarin in the Romanized Pinyin and Chinese character systems.
CHIN 2910-2930 Special Topics (1-5 credits)
CHIN 3150 Chinese Culture and Civilization (5 credits)
An introduction to Chinese culture and civilization with emphasis on the impact of the cultural traditions on the Chinese contemporary lifestyles and cross-cultural comparisons. Taught in Chinese.
If a student’s native language is a language offered at this university, the student may not receive a minor in that language.
Students who waive elementary language courses may meet the 35 credit minor requirement by substituting upper-division courses in the language of the minor or approved courses in other disciplines that relate to their minor language.
*All students must take at least 20 credits at Seattle University in order to obtain a minor.
All languages in our programs are taught in the vernacular, within their cultural context and through study abroad programs. At the end of your Minor in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish, or your Major in French or Spanish you will be able to:
Being “career-ready” means that you’ve developed a range of skills that you can transfer to different settings once you graduate. At Seattle U, we take your career readiness seriously, so we’ve created an inventory and program-level map for you to help you see what skills you’re likely to practice in your major or, as in this case, as you study your first year of a language.