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What do I have to do to get a BA in Chinese?

To major in Chinese you need 30 credits (10 courses) in classes numbered CHN103 or above. A minimum of six credits must be completed in Chinese literature and civilization, at least three of which must be taken at 400 level, and you must complete one additional 400-level Chinese course. In addition, you need to complete a total of six credits in Chinese/Asian history, Chinese/Asian politics or Chinese/Asian philosophy offered through other departments in English. In total you must complete a total of 120 credits, 42 of which must be at the 300-level or higher. You must also fulfill all the general education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

 

What are the general education requirements?

You need to complete all the general education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences. They are listed here. Please note that the Fine Arts and Literature category is really a Fine Arts and a Literature category.

 

Are there general education exemptions if I have a second major?

Yes, but only if your other major is in a college other than Arts and Sciences. If that is the case, you are exempt from the one course per discipline rule in the Letters, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences category. You may also count any of the literature courses within the Chinese major for your Literature course. Please note that the Fine Arts and Literature category is really a Fine Arts and a Literature category, so you will also need one of the Fine Arts courses. Also note that one of your Communications courses must be a writing course.

 

Do I need to keep track of this myself?

Yes. You must read the URI catalog and student handbook. Your Chinese advisor/professor will help choose and plan, but ultimately you are responsible for fulfilling all requirements for graduation. Start charting your progress toward graduation from your first year at URI.

 

How can I keep track of all these requirements?

You can keep track of this using the Intent to Graduate Form from the College of Arts and Sciences. Your Chinese advisor will also use the helpful Chinese major checklist.

 

Do I need to submit an Intent to Graduate form for each major?

You must submit an intent to graduate form for each college from which you are earning a degree.

 

What course should I take next?

For information on which courses you should take and in which sequence, please contact Dr. Wayne Wenchao He at whe@uri.edu.

 

What is the language requirement at URI?

Majoring in a language is a way to satisfy the language requirement. For the minimum requirements please look at this explanation of the language requirement.

 

I took (2, 3, 4) years of Chinese in high school. Where should I start at URI?

We consider each year of high school Chinese to be equivalent to one semester of college Chinese. So if you have had two years in high school, start at CHN 103. If you have had threes years in high school, you should start at CHN 104. If you have had four years in high school, you should start at either CHN 205 or CHN 215. CHN 205 focuses on developing facility in spoken and written Chinese using contemporary topics; there is an emphasis on classroom discussions. CHN 215 is an intensive course in further development of spoken and written Chinese; there is an emphasis on an advanced-low level of grammatical structures.

 

How can I earn three extra credits in Chinese?

If you have had three years of high school Chinese and you take CHN 104 as your first Chinese course at URI, you can apply to retroactively get three extra Chinese credits. If you have had four or more years of high school Chinese and you take either CHN 205 or CHN 215 as your first Chinese course at URI, you can apply to retroactively get three extra Chinese credits. You need to earn a C or higher in the URI course in order to qualify.

 

Can I get credit for AP testing or early enrollment work?

Yes, this is possible. To find out if you qualify, you need to talk to your Dean, generally the Dean in University College.

 

What is the minimum number of credits in Chinese that I have to take at URI?

Half of your major credits need to be completed at URI. You can transfer 15 credits from study abroad or another institution, but 15 must be taken through URI.

 

When and where should I study abroad?

Our students typically study abroad for at least one summer and for one semester or academic year, depending on their program.  Most will study abroad in the summer after freshman or sophomore year.  Typically students study in China for a semester or year in their fourth year. There are multiple short- and long-term opportunities available to students throughout the school year:

Short Term (two months or less):

  • Zhejiang University (Chinese Summer School), summer
  • East China Normal University (Flagship Program), summer
  • Ocean University (Flagship Program), summer

Long Term (a semester or longer):

  • Zhejiang University
  • Nanjing University (Flagship Program)

For more information, please visit our Study Abroad page.

 

 

URI Chinese Language Speech Competition

The Department of Modern languages Chinese Program in collaboration with the URI Confucius Institute is proud to announce the 1st annual Chinese Speech Competition. Click on the link below for more information.

Competition Flyer

 

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