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Welcome to the Chinese Program

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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 223/Experiential Learning (.5 units/occasionally)
  • CHI 251 Intensive Chinese (2 units/annually)
  • CHI 252 for Beginners (1 unit/annually)
  • CHI 270/Intermediate Topics in Chinese (1 unit/occasionally)
  • 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)

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Chinese Minor

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.

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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.

To view some pictures from our Chinese Calligraphy Class, click here.

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Activities

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 organize field trips to Chinatown in New York or Philadelphia and hold weekly screening of Chinese films. Student are encouraged to join the Chinese Students AssociationNew year celebration 2013

The World Languages and Cultures department also sponsors many Chinese cultural activities. The renowned Chinese rock band, Second Hand Rose, has visited campus for a jam session and lecture. Click the picture below to see more.

 

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Guest Speakers

We invite world-acclaimed writers, poets, artists, film directors and scholars from China to give talks and performances that readily inform students about the current cultural and artistic trends and new currents in contemporary China.

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Alumni in the News

1. Congrats to WLC alumna, Maryan Escarfullett (self-designed Chinese major), whose article was recently published in The Diplomat! The Diplomat is the premier international current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region.

Read her article here: 56 Percent of Chinese Say Environment More Important Than Growth

Read Maryan’s testimony, “Learning Chinese Has Transformed Me.”

2. Valery Lavigne (Chinese Minor)
Distinguished Gilman Scholars meet First Lady Michelle Obama and Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock

First Lady Michelle Obama Promotes Study Abroad, Praises Howard as a Leader

TCNJ senior reflects on her study in China at a Washington, DC event marking the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao

U.S. Dept. of Scholarship Sent Local Student Valery Lavigne to Study in China

Michelle Obama’s China Initiative

Spotlight: Fundraising in Valery’s Art & Culture Clubs in Koh Kong (Peace Corps)

3. TCNJ students Tara Pretty and Patricia Lin named “Teacher of the Year” by the Chinese American Cultural Association and Edison Chinese School

4. Congratulations to Joseph Pezzulo, who won a full Chinese government’s scholarship to Peking University for his Masters in International Relations

5. Congratulations to Tyler Liberty, who was accepted in the “Teach for America” program in Arizona

6. Congratulations to Alyvia Miller,  who won a full scholarship to receive her MBA in international business at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Study Abroad

The World Languages and Cultures department also sponsors many Chinese cultural activities. The renowned Chinese rock band, Second Hand Rose, has visited campus for a jam session and lecture. Click the picture below to see more.

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.

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Chinese Faculty

Dr. Mi headshot Dr. Jiayan Mi
Associate Professor of English
and World Languages and Cultures
mi@tcnj.edu
Celia Liu headshot Celia Liu
Instructor of Chinese
liuc@tcnj.edu
jia mi headshot Jia Mi
Instructor of Chinese
jmi@tcnj.edu


If you have any questions or want to do the placement test, please contact Dr. Jiayan Mi, Director of the Chinese Program (
mi@tcnj.edu).

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