Major

NOTE: The revised major and minor in Chinese will be in effect for the Fall 2011 entering class. Students who have entered the University of Notre Dame before 2011 will have the option of choosing either the old or revised program.

The major in Chinese (Fall 2011) requires a minimum of 30 credit hours distributed as follows:

  1. Language Study: At a minimum, completion of third-year Chinese or its equivalent.  Majors are strongly encouraged to achieve more advanced proficiency by completing fourth year Chinese and/or advanced Chinese.
    • If students take their entire language sequence at Notre Dame, this will result in 18 hours beyond the first year. Students who place out of third year at any point are encouraged to complete more advanced courses beyond the third year. Students who place out of third year at the time of their first placement test are required to take a minimum of 6 credit hours of Chinese language classes.
    • 10000 level language courses do not count toward a major, supplementary major, or minor.
    • Students with grades lower than B- are not advised to proceed to the next level.
  2. Literature and Culture: Three upper-division 3 credit courses in Chinese literature and culture in residence at Notre Dame, including at least one literature course taught by EALC faculty. Any exception must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. University seminars do not satisfy this requirement.
  3. Asian Studies:  Remaining credit hours may be fulfilled by 4000-level language courses or other East Asia-related courses offered by the department, cross-listed by the department, or approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

The major in Chinese (prior to Fall 2011) requires 30 credit hours distributed as follows:

  1. Language Study: Completion of third-year Chinese or its equivalent at a minimum.
    • If students take their entire language sequence at Notre Dame, this will result in 16 hours beyond the first year. Students who place out of a level at any point may be encouraged by their advisors to complete more advanced courses beyond the third year. Students who place out of third year at the time of their first placement test are required to take a minimum of 6 credit hours of Chinese language classes.
    • 10000-level languages do not count toward a major, supplementary major, or minor.
    • Students with grades lower than B- are not advised to proceed to the next level.
  2. Literature: One 3-credit course in Chinese literature taught by a member of the department. University seminars do not satisfy this requirement.
  3. Asian Studies: The remaining credit hours may be fulfilled by other East Asia-related courses offered by the department, cross-listed by the department, or approved by the director of undergraduate studies.