Sep 27, 2023
The Chinese minor offers four years of integrated study of Chinese language and culture. Coupled with Study Abroad and research opportunities, the program provides students with opportunities to develop advanced proficiency in Chinese language and culture.
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.
The Chinese minor consists of 20 semester hours beyond CHIN 2102 :
The CHIN 2101 , CHIN 2102 , CHIN 2103 , CHIN 2104 series is recommended for those who seek basic Chinese language and culture proficiency. This series requires one hour of study/drill session each week.
Students who need more semester hours to complete the Chinese minor because of their language placement must take additional courses in the language. In the event that there are no courses in the language, students may take MDLG 3400 , MDLG 4400 , or FNLT 4200 (provided it is related to language concentration). If additional classes are not available in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, students may fulfill those credits with courses in the appropriate cultural studies areas (e.g., ASPA ), with pre-approval from the Chinese coordinator and the Department Chair.
Chinese Placement Exam
All students interested in taking a Chinese course including CHIN 2101 must take the online 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 2103 or higher. Course credit will be given for CHIN 2101 and CHIN 2102 once a student’s official scores have been received from the College Board. Final placement is conditional upon the instructor’s consent in consultation with the Chinese coordinator. 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 .