Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies


Kalpana Misra
Associate Professor of Political Science 

The Chinese Studies major is an interdisciplinary program drawing from the disciplines of political science, history, literature and language, business, and economics to prepare students for a variety of professional careers and academic programs related to China.

The Chinese Studies program, as a minor or second major in combination with other disciplines such as Education, Finance, or any of the Engineering specialties, will offer TU students the means to enhance their understanding of China in their disciplines globally as well as locally.

Course Requirements
Beginning Chinese (1004 and 1014) and Intermediate Chinese (2003 and 2013) or their equivalents are prerequisites for the major and minor. The major consists of 30 credit hours, of which at least twenty-one hours must be at the upper-division level (3000 and 4000-level courses); these will normally include a minimum of twelve hours in advanced Chinese. Courses must be taken from at least three disciplines. In addition, a three-hour senior project on a China-related topic must be completed through one of the participating departments.

Students of the major will be encouraged to complete a study abroad program in China for at least one semester. Whether general or discipline-specific, this can be achieved either through consortia such as CIEE and AIFS or through TU’s partnership with East China Normal University. All courses taken through affiliated programs will be evaluated for transfer credit toward the major on a case by case basis by the Director.

The following required courses form the nine-credit core of the major:

  1. CHIN 3113 Chinese through Literature I
  2. HIST 2613 China and Japan from Antiquity to 1800
    HIST 2623 China and Japan since 1800
  3. POL 2043 Politics and Culture of China

The remaining twenty-one credits may be completed from the following list of electives. Courses should be taken in at least three different disciplines and no less than eighteen credits must be at the 3000 and 4000 level.

Electives (21 hours)
CHIN 3023 Business Chinese 
CHIN 3103 Blessed in Translation: Chinese/English 
CHIN 3113 Chinese through Literature I 
CHIN 3123 Chinese through Literature II 
CHIN 4103 Act it out! Chinese through Film
CHIN 4123 Chinese Microblogging: Literature Online 
CPLT 2323 Four Faces of the Wanderer: An Exploration of Modern Chinese Literature 
ECON 2073 Introduction to the Chinese Economy 
ECON 3253 The Chinese Economy 
HIST 3233 Chinese History through Film 
HIST 3633 Reform and Revolution in Modern China 
HIST 4823 Christianity in Late Imperial China 
HIST 4863 Topics in East Asian History: History of Early Chinese Philosophy 
IB 4013 Doing Business in China 
POL 3273 Contemporary China

Minor Requirements
The minor in Chinese Studies requires twelve credit hours, with at least six completed at the 3000 - 4000 level.