Chinese Studies

The requirements below apply to those students with a 2019-2020 catalog year. Students are required by college policy to follow the major (and minor) requirements found in the catalog in effect at the time they declared their first major. To find your catalog year, please visit your Grades and Academic Records found in myOxy and access the catalog that matches your catalog year.

Chinese Studies

Overview

Major Requirements

COURSEWORK

 

Language Component:

Five courses total.

CHIN 202Intermediate Chinese II

5 units

Students must select four additional language courses (301 and above):
CHIN 301Expository Essays and Short Narratives I

4 units

CHIN 310Expository Essays and Short Narratives II

4 units

CHIN 330Topics in Fiction and Film

4 units

CHIN 350Classical Chinese Texts

4 units

CHIN 460Translating Chinese I

4 units

One literature in translation course:

CHIN 272The Rise of the Martial Arts Novel

4 units

CHIN 273Contemporary Chinese Writers in Exile

4 units

CHIN 274Ghost and Love Stories

4 units

One methods or theory course:

CHIN 272The Rise of the Martial Arts Novel

4 units

CHIN 273Contemporary Chinese Writers in Exile

4 units

CHIN 274Ghost and Love Stories

4 units

CHIN 460Translating Chinese I

4 units

ENGL 290Introduction to Literary Methods

4 units

ENGL 370Literary Criticism

4 units

LING 301Introduction to Linguistics

4 units

Three additional China-related courses:

AMST 270Asian American Literature

4 units

AMST 272/EASN 272Asian Immigrants in American Society

4 units

AMST 280/DWA 246The United States and East Asia

4 units

ARTH 160Introduction to East Asian Art

4 units

DWA 237Cuba, Vietnam, China: Communism in a Post-Communist World

4 units

DWA 245/HIST 245China and the World

4 units

HIST 141East Asian Survey

4 units

HIST 242Imperial China

4 units

HIST 243Modern China: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Revolution

4 units

POLS 226Contemporary Chinese Politics

4 units

POLS 227East Asian Politics: China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan

4 units

RELS 160How to Live and Die Well in Buddhist Traditions

4 units

RELS 260Buddhist Thought From India to Japan

4 units

RELS 266Sexuality and Gender in Buddhism

4 units

RELS 276Empire and Religion in Asia and the Pacific

4 units

RELS 365Buddhist Ethics

4 units

SOC 340China's Environmental Challenges: A Sociological Perspective

4 units

Second-Stage Writing Requirement

Students will satisfy the second-stage writing requirement by submitting a paper in English from a 300-level or seminar course (in any subject) in the fall semester of the senior year, which will be evaluated by the appropriate major coordinator.

Comprehensive Requirement

This requirement is fulfilled through either a seminar course (CHIN 272, CHIN 273, CHIN 274, or CHIN 460) or a 2-unit Independent Study in the fall semester of the senior year, in which the student will produce: either (1) a 20-page paper written in English on Chinese language or literature, including source texts written in Chinese; or (2) an annotated translation, with commentary, of a Chinese language text into English.  In the spring semester, the student will make any required revisions and prepare an oral presentation to be given in Chinese.

College Honors

Students with an overall GPA of 3.25 and a major GPA of 3.50 may submit an honors research proposal at the end of the fall semester of the senior year. If the proposal is supported by two faculty advisers, the student will enroll in a 2-unit Independent Study in the spring to expand the fall semester senior comprehensive paper into a distinguished 40-page paper.

Minor Requirements

Five courses (20 units) numbered Chinese 202 and above. Linguistics 301 may fulfill one of these courses. Three of the five courses must be completed as Occidental courses (one of the three MUST be taken at the Eagle Rock campus. The other two may be taken at an Occidental-in-China campus).

Transfer Credit Policies

The Chinese Studies policy on transfer credit conforms to College policy (with the additional restrictions noted for the minor above). Students who earn a score of 4 on the AP Chinese Language examination will earn four units of credit and be placed into CHIN 201 while those who earn a score of 5 will earn four units of credit and be placed in to CHIN 202. The department does not place students based on IB or A-level examinations. Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for more details.

Courses

Chinese Courses