Chinese Courses

Language Courses

CHINESE 1100—Elementary Chinese I (6)

Five hours of classroom instruction, with one hour lab work weekly.

CHINESE 1200—Elementary Chinese II (6)

Five hours of classroom instruction, with one hour lab work weekly. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHINSE 1100 or equivalent.

CHINSE 2160—Chinese Conversation and Composition I(3)

Prerequisite: C- or better in CHINSE 1200 or equivalent. First semester of 2nd year Chinese.

CHINESE 3160—Chinese Conversation and Composition II(3)

Continuation of Chinese 2160. Introduces complex grammatical constructions and extends ability to use those constructions for written and oral communication. Successful completion of course will enable students to communicate in Mandarin Chinese regarding everyday topics, with a vocabulary of just over 1900 words, and about 380 sentence patterns. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHINESE 2160 or equivalent.

CHINESE 3180—Advanced Chinese I (3)

Improves vocabulary, listening, spoken and written Chinese Skills. Discusses basic cultural ideas.

Prerequisite: C- or higher in Chinese [CHINSE] 3160, or equivalent.

CHINESE 3085—Problems in Chinese (1-3)

Supervised study in Chinese language and/or culture. May be taken for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

Language Course Placement
Students who have no prior knowledge of Chinese will take Chinese 1100. Students who have studied Chinese at another university or college, will typically be placed according to the number of credits earned at the previous institution. For students whose credits would put them between classes at MU, and for students who earned Chinese credit in high school, a placement test will likely be necessary. Please see the Chinese Program Coordinator for more information.

Heritage Speakers
University policy does not allow native speakers to earn credit for introductory foreign language classes (i.e. Chinese 1100 and 1200). Heritage speakers who may have grown up in the U.S., speak Chinese at home, but cannot read and write, are also not permitted to take Chinese 1100 as it is a course reserved for beginners with no prior knowledge of both written and oral Chinese. Heritage speakers who are interested in furthering their ability to read and write Chinese should meet with the Chinese Program Coordinator to determine their options for learning Chinese at MU.

Culture Courses

CHINESE 2001—Undergraduate Topics in Chinese-General (1-3)

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and credits may vary from semester to semester. No knowledge of Chinese required. No language credit.

CHINESE 2005—Undergraduate Topics in Chinese - Humanities (1-3)

Organized study of selected topics. Subjects and credits may vary from semester to semester. No knowledge of Chinese required. No language credit.

CHINESE 2310—Chinese Civilization I (3)

Survey of Chinese culture and arts. No knowledge of Chinese is required. No foreign language credit.

CHINESE 3310—Chinese Poetry (3)

This is an introductory course to Chinese poetry, both classical and contemporary, in English. It will explore issues in the intercultural and interlingual interpretation of foreign literature through the study of Western translations of and scholarship on selected Chinese poets. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.

CHINESE 3320—Modern and Contemporary Chinese Fiction (3)

Studies Chinese fiction from 1920s to 1990s. Preceded by a brief historical survey of Chinese literature. Analyzes works by authors like Lu Xun, Ba Jin, Lao She, Wang Meng and many others of the younger generation. Readings and lectures in English.

CHINESE 3400 Negotiating Chinese Culture (3)

As political, business, religious, and personal encounters between Chinese and Americans increase, so also does the need for competence in negotiating these cross-cultural interactions. Whether hosting Chinese guests, visiting China for business or as a scholar, or simply trying to understand current events, a clear understanding of cultural differences and similarities can be quite valuable. Students will be introduced to multiple perspective on American and Chinese cultural differences along with narratives of cross-cultural experiences. Course address issues related to American and Chinese cross-cultural communication in five spheres of interaction: political, religious, business, interpersonal, education. Through related readings, discussions, and structured conversations with Chinese, students will explore how this information and a deeper understanding of Chinese and American culture can be applied to more fruitful and positive cross-cultural interactions in multiple contexts. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or instructor's consent.

CHINESE 3880 Contemporary Chinese Film & Society (3)

Introduces development of 20th c. Chinese film and popular genres, including review of earlier times. Explores how present day Chinese understand their own history, and issues they face in drive toward modernization in a global context.

Study Abroad Courses
The MU Chinese Studies program, in cooperation with MU's Trulaske School of Business, now offers a unique 5 1/2 week program that focuses on the developments in China’s international relations and the impact of modernization and integration into the world community on China’s sense of national identity, the shape of Chinese culture, and on the lives of ordinary people. The program also includes visits to multiple companies doing business in China, and exposes students to issues related to doing business and management in China. For more information about the program please visit the Trulaske College of Business Study Abroad Website.

All students who attend the program will take the following core classes:

CHIN 3300 – Chinese Traditions and Global Integration (3 credits)

This course focuses on the developments in China’s international relations that have led to its growing influence in the world community, and the impact of modernization and integration into the world community on China’s sense of national identity, the shape of Chinese culture, and on the lives of ordinary people.

Management 3901 – Managing Across Borders and Cultures (3 credits)

In addition, students will enroll according to language level in ONE of the following classes:

CHIN 2330 –Chinese Language and Culture (3 credits)

Presents information about the development of Chinese language over time, the variety of dialects spoken in China, and around the world. Explores relationship between Chinese language and culture. Considers different genres of Chinese literature. Visits to sites significant to development of Chinese language and literature. Introduction to calligraphy and basic daily Chinese. Must be enrolled in MU China Study Abroad. Sophomore standing required.

CHIN 2100 – Everyday Spoken Chinese 1 (3 credits)

Section 1 if you have had one year of Chinese, Section 2 if you have had two years of Chinese

For students who have already had at least one year (12 credits) of college-level Chinese, this course will reinforce and extend their ability to use the Chinese language for spoken communication. Students will spend class-time studying situation-specific Chinese, and then be given opportunities to use what they have learned in real-life situations. The course is intended to supplement, not replace, Chinese language courses taught on campus in Columbia.

CHIN 3170 – Everyday Spoken Chinese 2(3 credits)

For students with no prior Chinese language study, this is a humanities class about the Chinese language. The class includes information about the development of the Chinese language over time, the variety of dialects spoken in China and around the world, and an exploration of the relationship between the Chinese language and Chinese culture, including different genres of classical Chinese literature. The course content will include visits to locations significant in the development of Chinese language and literature. Students will also be given an introduction to Chinese calligraphy and will learn some basic daily Chinese.

Courses from other Departments

  • HIST 1830: Survey of East Asian History
  • HIST 1871: History of China in Modern Times
  • HIST 1872: Mao's China and Beyond: China Since 1949
  • HIST 4880: Chinese Migration in Modern Times
  • PHIL 4800: Asian Philosophy
  • POL_Sc 4680: Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy