Presbyterian College and the Confucius Institute partnered together to offer introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in the Chinese language and culture, which may be used to satisfy the general education requirement for a foreign language.

Minor in Chinese Studies

Students who minor in Chinese studies must complete 18 hours, including

  • CHIN 201
  • and 15 additional hours (at least one course must be taken from each department) from the following
    • any CHIN course above 201;
    • any CHST course;
    • HIST 3610/PHIL 361,
    • HIST 3611, 3640;
    • or PLSC 352

Course Descriptions

CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor, PR = Prerequisite, RE = Recommended, XL = Cross-listed

CHIN 101 Introductory Chinese I (4)

A basic course designed to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and an awareness of the Chinese culture. Learners functioning within stage 1 and stage 2 of ICCLE (International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education) should achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand basic language materials related to common daily settings.
  • Can repeat, recite and reproduce words;
  • produce simple sentences structures, provide simple descriptions, and exchange some basic information.
  • Begin to develop confidence and interest in learning the Chinese language.
  • Have some preliminary knowledge of learning strategies, communicative strategies, resource strategies and interdisciplinary strategies used in guided situations.
  • Gain introductory Chinese cultural knowledge and acquire preliminary cross-cultural awareness and international perspectives.

CHIN 102 Introductory Chinese II (4)

A continuation of CHIN 101.

CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I (3)

A continuation of the study of the Chinese language at the intermediate level. Learners functioning within stage 3 of ICCLE should achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand and learn basic language related to daily settings.
  • Can use more complex grammatical structures and sentence patterns to communicate on familiar topics through interaction and description.
  • Can compose brief passages.
  • Demonstrate confidence and interest in learning Chinese language.
  • Have some preliminary knowledge of learning strategies, communicative strategies, resource strategies and interdisciplinary strategies used in guided situations.
  • Gain introductory Chinese cultural knowledge and acquire preliminary cross-cultural awareness and international perspectives.

CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II (3)

(PR: CHIN 201 or placement) A continuation of CHIN 201.

CHIN 301 Chinese Composition and Conversation I (3)

(PR: CHIN 202 or placement) This course is designed to enhance students’ oral proficiency, with additional emphases on reading comprehension and basic composition. Learners functioning within stage 4 of ICCLE should achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand language materials within sectors of social life.
  • Can produce more correct sentences on familiar topics in description, explanation or comparison.
  • Can compose simple paragraphs or connect basic passages.
  • Have demonstrated confidence and interest in learning Chinese language.
  • Have mastered some knowledge of learning strategies, communicative strategies, resource strategies and interdisciplinary strategies.
  • Gain introductory Chinese cultural knowledge and acquire preliminary cross-cultural awareness and international perspectives.

302 Chinese Composition and Conversation II (3)

(PR: CHIN 301 or placement) As a continuation of Chinese Composition and Conversation I, this course is for students who have studied Chinese for five semesters (or placement equivalent) and have developed a basic sense of Chinese culture and language. The objective of this course is to improve students’ oral communication and writing skills.

CHIN 341 Business Chinese (3)

(PR: CHIN 301) This course is designed to develop skills in the Chinese language and current practices used when conducting business in Chinese. The skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Chinese will be taught and practiced in audio materials, motivating texts, and other sources in business topics in the Chinese context.

CHIN 401 Advanced Chinese I (3)

(PR: CHIN 302) A high-intermediate to low-advanced level course in Chinese designed to develop skills in oral/written communication, reading ability, acquisition of vocabulary, and cultural competency. Discussions, oral presentations, and essays on material from Chinese magazine articles, short stories, and video clips. Learners functioning within Stage 5 of ICCLE can should achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand a wide range of topics,
  • Produce correct sentences, write in paragraphs, create cohesive discourse, and express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Have demonstrated confidence and a strong interest in learning the Chinese language.
  • Have mastered knowledge with learning strategies, communicative strategies, resource strategies and interdisciplinary strategies.
  • Have gained extensive Chinese cultural knowledge, and acquired preliminary cross-cultural awareness and international perspectives.

CHIN 402 Advanced Chinese II (3)

(PR: CHIN 401) The aim of this course is to help advanced level Chinese learners promote Chinese language and culture awareness from extremely wide ranges. Students will be exposed to longer Chinese articles ranging in a variety of styles. Advanced oral expression and composition are emphasized as well as strengthening reading and vocabulary. Chinese culture and literature are incorporated into every class assignment and lecture.

CHIN 442 Directed Studies in Chinese (1-9)

(PR: CHIN 202) Directed independent study in Chinese on a topic approved by the department. See Catalog.

 CHIN 444 Internships (1-6)

See Catalog.

CHIN 446 Readings (1-9)

See Catalog.

CHIN 448 Research (1-9)

See Catalog.

CHIN 450 Seminar (1-9)

See Catalog.

CHIN 452 Special Projects (1-9)

See Catalog.

CHIN 458 Special Topics (1-6)

See Catalog.

CHST 1110 Chinese Calligraphy (1)

An introductory course on Chinese calligraphy, the art of brush writing. Through this course, students will learn the history, basic styles, and techniques of Chinese calligraphy. It is a hands-on course for learning brush writing. Chinese culture in this respect is introduced as well. The instruction will be in English. No Chinese learning background is required. Learners functioning within this course should achieve the following objectives:

  • Know the origin of Chinese characters; the historical development of Chinese calligraphy; the essential materials in calligraphy, like 4 treasures; the basic structures of Chinese characters; the basic strokes of Chinese characters; the basic stroke orders of Chinese characters ; the basic styles of Chinese calligraphy and its characteristics.
  • Manipulate the brush properly;
  • Practice writing strokes, characters with brush from the very beginning of the class;
  • Executed basic techniques of writing Chinese characters in its standard form.

CHST 4004 Readings (1-9)

See Catalog.

CHST 4005 Directed Study (1-6)

See Catalog.

CHST 4006 Seminar (1-9)

See Catalog.

CHST 4007 Internship (1-6)

See Catalog.

CHST 4009 Special Topics (1-6)

See Catalog.

PHED 1014 Beginning Tai Chi (1)

The purpose of this course is to introduce beginning level Tai Chi, with an emphasis placed on learning basic Tai Chi forms. Also to educate those on the unique system of slow and continuous movements of Tai Chi which develop strength, coordination, and balance. This class constitutes as a PHED credit and does not require a textbook.

Learners functioning within this course should achieve the following objectives:

  •  Learn Tai Chi’s unique system of slow and continuous movements that gently develop strength, coordination, and balance.
  •  Master the movement patterns of the simplified 24 forms;
  •  Learn the Chinese terminology for each movement sequence;
  •  Proficiently demonstrate Tai Chi’s 24 forms in an appropriate manner.