Welcome to the Chinese Program
The Chinese Program at TCNJ offers four years of instruction in Mandarin Chinese and a minor in Chinese language. Students are encouraged to choose a minor in Chinese language which consists of five course units (see minor requirement). Students can also petition for a self-designed major in Chinese language, culture and history.
Courses Offered in the Chinese Program
- CHI 150 Chinese for Heritage Speakers (1 unit/annually)
- CHI 151-152 Intensive Chinese for Beginners (2 units/annually)
- CHI 171 Survey of Contemporary China (1 unit taught in English/annually)
- CHI 251 Intensive Chinese (2 units/annually)
- CHI 252 for Beginners (1 unit/annually)
- CHI 301-302 Intermediate Chinese (1 unit/annually)
- CHI 348 New Chinese Cinema (1 unit taught in English/occasionally)
- CHI 370 Topics in Chinese Culture and Society (1 unit/occasionally)
- CHI 371 Topics in Chinese (1 unit/occasionally)
- CHI 391 Independent Study in Chinese (permission of the instructor)
The Chinese minor consists of five course units, three of which must be taken at The College of New Jersey. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements. For information on the Chinese minor, please go to the Undergraduate Bulletin (Click on ‘Humanities & Social Sciences,’ then on ‘World Languages and Cultures’ and search for ‘Requirements for the Minor’). Only one course taught in English may count toward the minor.
Studying abroad is not required; however, students interested in the Chinese minor are strongly encouraged to study in China (Taiwan) for at least one semester. Most language courses taken abroad will count for two courses at TCNJ, making it easier to complete your minor requirements and attain a higher level of proficiency in Chinese.
The Chinese Language Placement Exam
If you have studied Chinese before coming to The College of New Jersey, you will need to contact the Chinese Language Program Advisor and schedule a time to take the Chinese Language Placement Exam.
If you grew up speaking Chinese at home, or have had other informal contact with Chinese, you should also contact the Program Advisor to schedule an exam time.
The exam is done in person, involves both speaking/listening and reading/writing, and takes about 45 minutes.
Self-Designed Major in Chinese Culture and History
It is now possible to petition for a self-designed major in Chinese language, culture and history. A self-designed major in Chinese language, culture and history offers students the possibility to undertake in-depth study of the language, culture, history, and society of China. Students will be able to study the geography, history, and culture of China starting at the intermediate level. All courses are taught in Chinese and provide in-depth knowledge of the many dimensions of Chinese culture and civilization, including art, literature, cinema, and business.
All students who take Chinese are invited to our weekly “Chinese Forum” to practice their spoken Chinese with native speakers and to exchange opinions in Chinese about current cultural and political affairs in both China and America. We also organize field trips to Chinatown in New York or Philadelphia, invite guest speakers to talk about Chinese culture and films, and hold weekly screening of Chinese films. Student are encouraged to join the Chinese Students Association.
The Chinese Program strongly recommends study abroad to maximize language proficiency and cultural familiarity. Because study abroad provides an unparalleled opportunity to study a culture from the inside, students are strongly encouraged to spend a semester or a year in China (including Taiwan) to perfect their language and to gain in-depth knowledge of its culture.
Formal approval is required by the director of the Center for Global Engagement prior to the student’s travel. Without this approval, credit for courses taken abroad may not be accepted by the program.
While study abroad is not required, students interested in the Chinese minor are strongly encouraged to study in China (Taiwan) for at least one semester. Most language courses taken abroad will count for two courses at TCNJ, making it easier to complete your minor requirements and attain a higher level of proficiency in Chinese.