Sep 29, 2023  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024

Chinese Language and Culture Major

Chinese Language and Culture Major Requirements

In consultation with an advisor from within the department, students develop a major plan with a focus on Chinese language and culture. All majors must complete no fewer than 8 courses (32 credits), and meet the following requirements:

1. Language Proficiency

Students must attain proficiency in Chinese equivalent to the level upon completion of CHIN 407 . The following courses count toward the language proficiency portion of the major: CHIN 203 , CHIN 204 , CHIN 305 , CHIN 306 , CHIN 407 , and CHIN 408 . The following courses do not count toward the major: CHIN 101  and CHIN 102 . There is no minimum number of language courses a student must take in order to satisfy the requirements of the major. Students who test out of CHIN 407  may complete the major by taking China-related culture courses.

2. China-Focused Culture Courses

Chinese majors must take at least four China-focused culture courses. Examples include courses on Chinese literature, film, history, art history, music history, geography, religion, linguistics. 

  • At least two courses must focus on Chinese literature or film. Of these courses, at least one must be taken at Macalester and have the prefix of CHIN (this does not include the capstone).
  • At least one culture course must provide historical depth. Courses that satisfy this requirement will be determined by the department chair.

3. Study Away

All majors must study away for one semester or the equivalent at an approved institution in mainland China or Taiwan. Students who wish to count toward the major courses taken abroad must obtain the approval of the department chair. Students who are unable to study away may apply to substitute an alternative immersive experience. Applications will be reviewed by the department chair.

4. Capstone Course or Honors Thesis

The capstone must be done at Macalester.