Minor in Chinese

The Chinese minor offers students the opportunity to add a Chinese component to their major field, allowing them to reach advanced proficiency in modern Chinese language through at least the third-year level, and to acquire a solid foundation in the study of Chinese literature and culture.

Required Courses

A grade of C or higher is required in all courses taken toward the minor. Unless otherwise noted, all required courses are 4 credit hours.

Six CAS LC courses numbered 250 and above are required, including:

  • CAS LC 311 and LC 312 Third-Year Modern Chinese
  • at least one 4-credit LC course in literature

Up to four courses taken at Boston University’s Study Abroad programs in Shanghai may count toward the minor. Students may include up to three transfer courses from other colleges, universities, or non-Boston University study abroad programs and must take a minimum of three courses on the Charles River Campus (or a minimum of two, if they have four courses approved for credit toward the minor from Boston University’s programs in Shanghai. Note that the courses need to be preapproved by BU faculty members).

Internships taken through Boston University or other study abroad programs may not be credited toward the minor.

Placement Examination

A placement test is required of all students whose most recent course in Chinese was taken while in high school or at a college other than Boston University and who wish to continue their study of this language here. Information on testing dates and times is available in the department.