3183 Chinese

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Modern Languages
    • Concentration in Chinese Language and Society
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Asian Studies (see section 3150)
  • Certificate of Language Ability in Chinese
  • Interdisciplinary  Minor in Chinese Studies

Department of World Languages and Cultures
841 Langdale Hall (19th Floor, 25 Park Place Bldg. effective summer 2017)

Bill Nichols, Chair
Germán Torres, Associate Chair
Faye Stewart, Undergraduate Director
Shuai Li, Chinese Program Coordinator

The Department of World Languages and Cultures serves a threefold purpose: to encourage an appreciation of humanistic values through the study of foreign languages, literatures, and cultures; to teach foreign languages as a means of communication; and to prepare students for academic careers and the opportunities available in the field of international business. As part of a dynamic urban university in a city of growing international awareness and status, the department is fulfilling its responsibility to meet the increasing foreign language needs of the governmental, business, and professional communities. The department recognizes that an active command of the foreign language and a thorough exploration of the foreign culture form an essential basis for further study in the various areas of its curriculum.

The department maintains a state-of-the-art multimedia Language Acquisition and Resource Center (LARC) with a digital audio laboratory with 50 student computer workstations. The digital lab serves a dual purpose in allowing both independent student access to digitized audio files and interactive software that accompanies the language texts, and also in providing a multimedia environment for teacher-led listening, speaking, and recording activities. In addition to the audio lab, the LARC features a tutoring center and resource library, as well as 17 stand-alone computers for student use. To assist in the development of the student’s active language skills and to provide added cultural enrichment, the LARC contains a wide range of audiovisual materials.

For students who view language study as a preparation for a career in the business world, the department offers a program in conjunction with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies: the Bachelor of Arts Major in International Economics and Modern Languages (IEML).

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

Students majoring in the B.A. in International Economics should contact the Andrew Young School of Policy studies for advisement. Information for this program is available at aysps.gsu.edu/oaa.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts students should also consult regularly with the faculty program coordinator for the specific program regarding course selection, program plans, experiential learning, and other academic opportunities.

Program Financial Information

Lab fees are assessed automatically for students who register for certain courses. As a result, students will no longer be required to purchase lab fee cards. For more information, please feel free to contact the department or review the GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

B.A. in International Economics and Modern Languages with a concentration in Chinese Language and Society

Program Admission

There are no admission requirements above the requirements for admission to the University for enrollment in the B.A. program with a major in international economics and modern languages.

Program Financial Information

There are no additional fees other than the tuition and fees charged by the University for enrollment in this program.

Program Degree Requirements

For degree credit, a minimum grade of C must be attained in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 and all courses in the economics common core curriculum and modern languages core curriculum.

Complete descriptions of requirements for Areas A through E of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum can be found in the “University Degree Requirements and Graduation” chapter of this catalog. The number of semester credit hours required for each section is shown in parentheses.

In addition to courses in Chinese, you are advised to choose courses in other areas that complement your language study. Such courses include other languages, history, philosophy, art and music, business, and education. Faculty advisors in the department are eager to discuss your academic plans with you as you design your course of study. In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  2. ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  3. MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3) – If taken in Area D, a 1000/2000 level elective from Areas A-E may be substituted.
  4. Choose one of the following language options:
    • CHIN 2001 Intermediate Chinese I (3)
    • CHIN 2002 intermediate Chinese II (3)
      Note: Students who have not already attained elementary-level proficiency in their chosen language will be required to take prerequisite courses: CHIN 1001 and/or CHIN 1002. In that case, the 1002 language course may be used to satisfy 3 credit hours of core requirements in Area C, Humanities, Fine Arts, and World Languages.
      Students who have already attained intermediate-level competency in the primary language may substitute 1000/2000 level courses in another language for CHIN 2001/CHIN 2002) upon approval of the Department of World Languages and Cultures advisor.
  5. Elective: One 1000/2000 level course chosen from Areas A-E.

Area G: Economics Common Core Curriculum (24)

A minimum grade of C is required for all courses in this area.

  1. ECON 3900 Macroeconomics-CTW  (3)
  2. ECON 3910 Microeconomics (3)
  3. ECON 4600 Economic Development (3)
  4. ECON 4800 International Trade (3)
  5. ECON 4810 International Finance (3)
  6. ECON 4999 Senior Capstone in Economic Policy-CTW (3)*
  7. Choose two 4000-level Econ courses (6)
    *ECON 4999 is only offered during the Fall and Spring semesters of the academic year. The prerequisites for ECON 4999 are ECON 3900, ECON 3910, and two 4000-level economics courses with a grade of C or better. Students are to plan accordingly with regard to the course pre-requisites and graduation.

Area H: Modern Languages Common Core (24)

A minimum grade of C is required for all courses in this area.
Chinese Language and Society:

  1. CHIN 3001 Advanced Chinese I (3)
  2. CHIN 3002 Advanced Chinese II (3)
  3. CHIN 3080 Topics in Chinese Studies (CTW) (3)
  4. CHIN 3081 Cultural Dimensions of Language Learning (CTW) (3)
  5. IB 4030 China’s Economy and International Business Environment (3)
  6. CHIN 4011 Chinese for International Business I  (3)
  7. CHIN 4012 Chinese for International Business II  (3)
  8. Choose 1 from the following list of courses (3)

Area I: Electives (12)

Choose any four 3000/4000 level courses, in consultation with the academic advisor.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Asian Studies

The interdisciplinary program in Asian Studies provides students an opportunity to acquire a career-oriented range of skills and knowledge of this important and unique region by choosing from a large number of courses offered at Georgia State in a range of departments. See section 3140 for additional information.

Certificate of Language Ability in Chinese

A strong demand exists by employers for candidates to offer credentials to verify language proficiency in both oral and written communication. The undergraduate Certificate of Language Ability is designed for students to offer tangible proof of their language abilities and makes an ideal complement to other areas of study such as business, international relations, public health, criminal justice, hospitality, and more.

The certificate consists of 12 credit hours at 2000- and 3000-level (minimum of 6 must be at the 3000-level), with a B or higher in the first attempt at each course. Courses retaken using the university Repeat to Replace policy are not counted as first attempts.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Chinese Studies

Program Coordinator: Andrew Wedeman (awedeman@gsu.edu)

Program Degree Requirements

The Chinese Studies minor gives undergraduates in a wide variety of majors the opportunity to take an interdisciplinary set of courses that can combine social sciences, humanities, language, and other disciplines relating to China and Chinese culture. The minor thus provides students with the opportunity to highlight their area studies background and prepares them for higher-level studies on China, Chinese culture and language. Chinese studies minors are highly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program either in China.

Students who wish to minor in Chinese Studies should complete 15 credit hours including at least nine credit hours at the 3000 level or above. Students must complete at least 6 hours in a CHIN course and may obtain credit for no more than two courses from a single other course prefix. A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses.

Current courses available for the minor include:

  • CHIN 1002 Elementary Chinese II (3) (if not counted in core Area C)
  • CHIN 2001 Intermediate Chinese I (3) (if not counted in core Area C)
  • CHIN 2002 Intermediate Chinese II (3) (if not counted in core Area C)
  • CHIN 3001 Advanced Chinese I
  • CHIN 3002 Advanced Chinese II
  • CHIN 3080 Topics in Chinese Studies (CTW)
  • CHIN 3081 Cultural Dimensions of Language Learning (CTW)
  • CHIN 3395 Study Abroad (3)
  • CHIN 3396 Study Abroad (3)
  • CHIN 3397 Study Abroad (3)
  • CHIN 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S-CTW (3-4)
  • HIST 3700 China and Japan to 1600 (4)
  • HIST 3710 China and Japan Since 1600 (4)
  • HIST 4890 Topics in World History (3-4) (if China-related)
  • POLS 4257 Chinese Politics (3)
  • POLS 4290 Studies in Comparative Politics (if China-related) (3)
  • POLS 4465 China in the International System (3)
  • POLS 4490 Studies in International Relations (if China-related) (3)
  • POLS 4900 Senior Seminar–CTW (if China-Related) (3)
  • POLS 4920 Directed Reading and Research (if China-related) (3)
  • PT 3660 Complementary and Alternative Therapies (3)
  • PT 4130 Tai Chi-A Therapeutic Exercise (3)
  • RELS 4615 Buddhism (3)
  • RELS 4620 Confucianism and Taoism (3)
  • RELS 4628 Topics in Asian Religion (if China-related) (3)