Major in Chinese Language and Literature (1140)

The Chinese Language & Literature major offers students a structured program to acquire high-level proficiency in written and spoken modern standard Chinese and in classical Chinese and to develop the cultural competency needed to understand Chinese literature and culture in the changing East Asian and global context. The program’s broad array of courses, some taught in English and others in Chinese, enables students to understand Chinese culture by gaining a firm grasp of both canonical and popular works of literature; of contemporary cinema, visual arts, and new media from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China.

Like all WLL majors, Chinese Language & Literature majors begin with XL 100: Leaving Home: Explorations in World Literature, a team-taught course in which students meet the WLL faculty through guest lectures and get oriented in the rich diversity of the world’s literary traditions. They begin Chinese language study as early as possible and complete at least three language courses beyond the fourth-semester level (LC 212). Students also have the option of taking introductory as well as more advanced courses in Classical Chinese (with course options taught in Chinese or in English). Masterpieces of Chinese Literature (LC 250) introduces students to major texts in English translation and can be taken early on in the student’s program. Four additional courses in Chinese language, literature, and/or culture provide greater depth in areas of special interest to the student. One elective focusing on language, literature, or culture from outside of the Chinese-speaking world enhances regional, global and/or historical comparison. Students wishing to explore more of WLL’s course offerings outside of Chinese may substitute an additional elective for one of their four courses in Chinese language, literature, or culture.  Majors reconvene with all WLL majors in the senior capstone seminar XL 479, where they work with a faculty mentor on a final project using Chinese-language materials.

Minor in Chinese (1107)

Required courses: six LC courses numbered 250 and above, including LC 311 and at least one course in literature. Up to four courses taken at Boston University’s program 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 (or a minimum of two, if they have four courses approved for credit toward the minor from Boston University’s program in Shanghai) on the Charles River Campus. Internships taken through Boston University or other study abroad programs may not be credited toward minors offered by the department. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses taken toward the minor.