Chinese Minor

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Gang Yue, Chinese Program Advisor

Morgan Pitelka, Chair

Pamela Lothspeich, Associate Chair and Fall 2020 Director of Undergraduate Studies

Robin Visser, Spring 2021 Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ash Barnes, Student Services Specialist

Chinese, a member of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages, is the most widely spoken language and the language with the longest continuous written history in the world. Modern standard Chinese (Putonghua/Guoyu) is a standardized form of spoken Chinese, based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin Chinese. One of only six official languages of the United Nations, Chinese is spoken not only in China, Taiwan, and Singapore, but also throughout Southeast Asia, North America, Europe, and anywhere large Chinese communities congregate. In 2010, Chinese was named one of the languages considered critical to U.S. national security by the U.S. Department of Education.

Department Programs




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

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" 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
Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting
Business Communication in Chinese
Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
Introduction to Classical Chinese
Literary Chinese
Chinese History in Chinese
Ancient Philosophers and Their Modern Reincarnation
Advanced Topics in Chinese Literature and Language
Chinese Internet Literature
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 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
Chinese Poetry in Translation
Chinese Prose in Translation
Contemporary Chinese Urban Culture and Arts
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.

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

See the program page here for Special Opportunities.