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Modern Languages & Literatures

Chinese

Objectives

The Chinese minor offers skill-based, articulated four-year courses in Mandarin Chinese. Coupled with Study Abroad and research opportunities, the program expects to provide students with opportunities to develop advanced proficiency in Chinese as well as cultural literacy.

Chinese Minor Learning Outcomes

Chinese minors will know:

  • Principal aspects of Chinese language
  • Macro and micro societal environments and culture in contemporary China
  • Tools to analyze the Chinese language, literary production, and social phenomena

Chinese minors will be able to:

  • Speak Chinese appropriately and accurately
  • Read texts in Chinese that are conceptually abstract and linguistically complex
  • Write in Chinese on a variety of topics with precision and in detail
  • Conduct cross-linguistic and cultural analyses between Chinese and their native language and culture

Chinese minors will be able to demonstrate that they value:

  • Multilingualism and multiculturalism
  • Cultural values that are distinctively different from their own
  • Social behaviors and mindsets of Chinese people that are deeply rooted and reflected in Chinese language and culture

Minor Requirements

The Chinese minor consists of 18 semester hours above the 102 level: CHIN 203, 204, 305, 306, and two 300-400 level content-based courses in Chinese. The CHIN 101, 102, 203, 204 series is recommended for those who seek a basic speaking, writing, and reading knowledge of the language. This series requires one hour of study/drill session in the language lab each week.

Chinese Placement Exam

Any student who has knowledge of or has had prior instruction in Chinese in high school, community heritage language school, or at a college or university other than LMU must take the Chinese Placement Exam.

This requirement includes students who have taken the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam in high school. Generally, a student who receives a score of 5 or 4 on the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam places in CHIN 204 or higher. Course credit will be given for CHIN 101, 102,and 203 once a student's official scores have been received from the College Board. Final placement is conditional upon the instructor's consent. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that the official AP scores have been sent to Loyola Marymount University.

To know when and how a student should take a language placement exam in Chinese, please refer to the guidelines provided under Modern Languages and Literatures.