Asian Studies Major, B.A.–Chinese Concentration

Department of Asian Studies

http://asianstudies.unc.edu

New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Uffe Bergeton, Chinese Program Advisor

bergeton@email.unc.edu

Nadia Yaqub, Chair

yaqub@email.unc.edu

Li-ling Hsiao, Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

hsiaoll@email.unc.edu

Lori Harris, Department Manager

lori@unc.edu

The Department of Asian Studies offers five major concentrations, nine minors, and instruction in Asian and Middle Eastern languages. Students pursuing the B.A. degree in Asian Studies can complete the interdisciplinary major in Asian Studies, or concentrate in Arab Cultures, Chinese, Japanese, or South Asian Studies.

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Department Programs

Majors

Minors

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Asian studies program, students should be able to:

  • Identify significant aspects of the target culture, history, and society in interpreting and analyzing literary and other texts and media
  • Identify and analyze cultural and historical trends across regional and national boundaries within Asia and the Asian diaspora
  • Actively use listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the target language for interpersonal communication and personal and academic enrichment within and beyond the university setting
  • Demonstrate awareness of global citizenship and affirm cultural diversity through academic and experiential learning

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC–Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The concentration in Chinese can be pursued along one of two tracks, depending on the student’s initial Chinese language placement. Both tracks require eight courses. Students whose initial language placement is above CHIN 305 or CHIN 313 should consult the department.

Track A

Core Requirements
CHIN 510Introduction to Classical Chinese3
or CHIN 511 Literary Chinese
Five courses above CHIN 204, chosen from:15
Advanced Chinese I
Advanced Chinese II
Readings in Modern Chinese I
Readings in Modern Chinese II
Advanced Chinese Grammar
Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting
Modern Chinese Society
Business Communication in Chinese
Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
Ancient Philosophers and Their Modern Reincarnation
Modernizing the Chinese Language
Advanced Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
Writing Chinese (in) America: Advanced Studies of a Foreign Literature from United States Homeland
Two culture courses (chosen from list below)6
Additional Requirements
Chinese through level 4 14
Total Hours28
1

 The first three levels of Chinese (CHIN) can count toward the General Education Foundations requirement and have not been included as additional hours for the major.

Culture Courses

ASIA 52First-Year Seminar: Food in Chinese Culture3
ASIA 55First-Year Seminar: Kung-Fu: The Concept of Heroism in Chinese Culture3
ASIA 65First-Year Seminar: Philosophy on Bamboo: Rethinking Early Chinese Thought3
ASIA 453Global Shangri-La: Tibet in the Modern World3
ASIA 692HSenior Honors Thesis II3
ASIA/WGST 56First-Year Seminar: Writing Women in Modern China H3
CHIN 150Introduction to Chinese Civilization3
CHIN 231Chinese Literature in Translation through the T'ang3
CHIN 232Chinese Literature in Translation since the Sung3
CHIN 242Chinese Qin Music3
CHIN 244Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture through Cinema3
CHIN 252Introduction to Chinese Culture through Narrative3
CHIN 253Chinese Language and Society3
CHIN 255Bandit or Hero: Outlawry in Chinese Literature and Films3
CHIN 342The Rise of China: A Global and Multidisciplinary Approach3
CHIN 346History as Fiction or Fiction as History? Early Chinese History in Film and Literature3
CHIN 354Chinese Culture through Calligraphy3
CHIN 356Chinese Environmental Literature3
CHIN 361Chinese Traditional Theater3
CHIN 367Illustration and the Animation of Text3
CHIN 463Narrative Ethics in Modern China3
CHIN 464The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film3
CHIN 531The Chinese Zither in Poetry and Painting3
CHIN 551Chinese Poetry in Translation3
CHIN 552Chinese Prose in Translation3
CHIN 562Contemporary Chinese Urban Culture and Arts3
CHIN 563Post-Mao Chinese Literature in Translation3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Track B

Core Requirements
CHIN 510Introduction to Classical Chinese3
or CHIN 511 Literary Chinese
Five courses above CHIN 212, chosen from:15
Advanced Written Chinese
Advanced Reading and Composition
Advanced Chinese Grammar
Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting
Business Communication in Chinese
Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
Ancient Philosophers and Their Modern Reincarnation
Modernizing the Chinese Language
Advanced Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
Writing Chinese (in) America: Advanced Studies of a Foreign Literature from United States Homeland
Two culture courses (chosen from list below)6
Additional Requirements
CHIN 111 and CHIN 212 10
Total Hours24
1

 The first two courses on track B in Chinese  (CHIN 111 and CHIN 212) can count toward the General Education Foundations requirement and have not been included as additional hours for the major.

Culture Courses

ASIA 52First-Year Seminar: Food in Chinese Culture3
ASIA 55First-Year Seminar: Kung-Fu: The Concept of Heroism in Chinese Culture3
ASIA 65First-Year Seminar: Philosophy on Bamboo: Rethinking Early Chinese Thought3
ASIA 453Global Shangri-La: Tibet in the Modern World3
ASIA 692HSenior Honors Thesis II3
ASIA/WGST 56First-Year Seminar: Writing Women in Modern China H3
CHIN 150Introduction to Chinese Civilization3
CHIN 231Chinese Literature in Translation through the T'ang3
CHIN 232Chinese Literature in Translation since the Sung3
CHIN 242Chinese Qin Music3
CHIN 244Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture through Cinema3
CHIN 252Introduction to Chinese Culture through Narrative3
CHIN 253Chinese Language and Society3
CHIN 255Bandit or Hero: Outlawry in Chinese Literature and Films3
CHIN 342The Rise of China: A Global and Multidisciplinary Approach3
CHIN 346History as Fiction or Fiction as History? Early Chinese History in Film and Literature3
CHIN 354Chinese Culture through Calligraphy3
CHIN 356Chinese Environmental Literature3
CHIN 361Chinese Traditional Theater3
CHIN 367Illustration and the Animation of Text3
CHIN 463Narrative Ethics in Modern China3
CHIN 464The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film3
CHIN 531The Chinese Zither in Poetry and Painting3
CHIN 551Chinese Poetry in Translation3
CHIN 552Chinese Prose in Translation3
CHIN 562Contemporary Chinese Urban Culture and Arts3
CHIN 563Post-Mao Chinese Literature in Translation3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Approved courses taken in UNC–Chapel Hill-sponsored study abroad programs may count in the concentration. No more than one first-year seminar or senior honors thesis course may be included among the two culture courses.

Students majoring in Chinese are also encouraged to take the following courses as electives or to fulfill some of the General Education requirements:

ANTH/ASIA 545The Politics of Culture in East Asia3
ANTH/ASIA 574Chinese World Views3
ANTH/ASIA 578Chinese Diaspora in the Asia Pacific3
ANTH/ASIA 682Contemporary Chinese Society3
ASIA/GEOG 265Eastern Asia3
ASIA/HIST 133Introduction to Chinese History3
ASIA/HIST 134Modern East Asia3
ASIA/HIST 282China in the World3
ASIA/RELI 183Asian Religions3
ASIA/RELI 284The Buddhist Tradition: East Asia3

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet core requirements for the concentration.

With the approval of the associate chair of Asian studies, a student may count a course in directed readings (ASIA 496 or CHIN 496) in the concentration in Chinese. To register for ASIA 496 or CHIN 496, a student must obtain the approval of the associate chair and the faculty member who will supervise the project.

Of the eight courses in the concentration in Chinese, at least six must be passed with a grade of C (not C-) or better. No course in the concentration may be declared Pass/Fail.

Special Opportunities in Asian Studies

Honors in Asian Studies

A candidate for honors in Asian studies will write a substantial paper under the guidance of a faculty member. While researching and writing the honors paper, the student will enroll in ASIA 691H and ASIA 692H. ASIA 692H may count as one of the interdisciplinary courses for the major; ASIA 691H will count for elective credit only. In the case of the concentrations in Arab cultures, Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian studies, ASIA 692H may count toward the major in the concentration.

A committee composed of at least two faculty members will examine the candidate. To be accepted as an honors candidate, a student must meet the University’s requirement of a minimum overall grade point average of 3.3, secure the consent of a faculty member in the Asian studies field to act as advisor for the project, and submit a proposal to the associate chair of Asian studies for approval.

Departmental Involvement

The department sponsors a variety of cultural events — lectures, film series, performances, and more — as well as social and informational events where students can get to know each other and faculty members in an informal setting. Faculty members in the department serve as advisors to some of the many Asia-related student organizations on campus, such as the Japan Club, Chinese Conversation Club, Hebrew Table, and more.

Languages across the Curriculum

The department participates in the Languages across the Curriculum (LAC) program, offering a one-credit-hour discussion section that is conducted in Arabic but associated with a variety of courses offered in English, both in Asian studies and in such other departments as history or religious studies. This LAC recitation section offers students the opportunity to use their Arabic language skills in a broader intellectual context.

Additional LAC offerings are being developed in Chinese and Hindi-Urdu.

Libraries

The University has rich collections of books and periodicals on Asia in the relevant Asian languages, as well as in English and other Western languages. Experts in the collection development department for Davis Library are available to help students locate the materials they need. The University also has an outstanding collection of Asian films and other audiovisual materials, housed in the Media Resource Center at House Library.

Speaker Series

The department sponsors an annual speaker series. These events include lectures by prominent artists, scholars, and writers and are often cosponsored by other units on campus.

Study Abroad

UNC–Chapel Hill sponsors several study programs (summer, semester, and yearlong) in China, Egypt, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. Asian studies majors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to live and study in an Asian setting; UNC-approved study abroad programs also satisfy the experiential education requirement. For further information on these programs and other study abroad opportunities in Asia, contact the UNC Study Abroad Office.

Undergraduate Research

The department actively encourages undergraduate student research. Through classes, advising, and office hours, faculty members guide students toward defining areas of interest, conceptualizing research questions, identifying sources, and writing academic papers. Students may pursue research through independent studies, the senior honors thesis, and study abroad research opportunities such as the Burch Fellowship. Asian studies students have received a variety of competitive research support and travel awards, won regional contests for undergraduate papers, published papers in academic journals, and presented their work at such events as the Senior Colloquium in Asian Studies and the campuswide Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research in the spring.