Chinese Minor

Department of Asian Studies

New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Uffe Bergeton, Chinese Program Advisor

Nadia Yaqub, Chair

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

Lori Harris, Department Manager

The Department of Asian Studies offers five major concentrations, nine minors, and instruction in Asian and Middle Eastern languages. In addition to the interdisciplinary minor in Asian Studies, there are language-focused minors in Arabic, Chinese, modern Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, and Persian.

Department Programs




In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

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

The undergraduate minor in Chinese consists of five courses.

Core Requirements
At least three courses must be language courses beyond CHIN 203, chosen from among the following:9-10
Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate Written Chinese
Advanced Chinese I
Advanced Chinese II
Advanced Written Chinese
Readings in Modern Chinese I
Readings in Modern Chinese II
Advanced Reading and Composition
Advanced Chinese Grammar
Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting
Modern Chinese Society
Business Communication in Chinese
Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
Introduction to Classical Chinese
Literary Chinese
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
The other two courses may be chosen from the list above or from among the following:6
First-Year Seminar: Food in Chinese Culture 1
First-Year Seminar: Kung-Fu: The Concept of Heroism in Chinese Culture 1
First-Year Seminar: Philosophy on Bamboo: Rethinking Early Chinese Thought 1
Global Shangri-La: Tibet in the Modern World
First-Year Seminar: Writing Women in Modern China 1, H
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Chinese Literature in Translation through the T'ang
Chinese Literature in Translation since the Sung
Chinese Qin Music
Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture through Cinema
Introduction to Chinese Culture through Narrative
Chinese Language and Society
Bandit or Hero: Outlawry in Chinese Literature and Films
The Rise of China: A Global and Multidisciplinary Approach
History as Fiction or Fiction as History? Early Chinese History in Film and Literature
Chinese Culture through Calligraphy
Chinese Environmental Literature
Chinese Traditional Theater
Illustration and the Animation of Text
Narrative Ethics in Modern China
The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film
The Chinese Zither in Poetry and Painting
Chinese Poetry in Translation
Chinese Prose in Translation
Contemporary Chinese Urban Culture and Arts
Post-Mao Chinese Literature in Translation
Total Hours15-16

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


 No more than one first-year seminar may be counted toward the minor.

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet minor requirements.

See the program page here for Special Opportunities.