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  • Course description

    Many of our students choose Chinese Studies as a second major or a minor, combining a UCSD disciplinary major (such as economics or political science) with Chinese Studies courses which prepare them for a career related to China. In addition to coordinating courses on China in various departments, the Program in Chinese Studies offers language and culture courses under its own auspices to round out the available offerings.

    The Chinese Studies program opens the way to various fields such as Chinese politics, economy, history or archaeology. To study Chinese means to study a culture, as well as a people. Chinese society is rich heritage of novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and, more recently, film, reflecting the values and experiences of this great people.

    The program also help you understand the language, what makes it powerful, and how it actually functions in Chinese society. To be at ease and effective in a Chinese environment learning the language is half the battle, but knowing about the culture behind the language is the other.

    Course Work

    CHI 1111 - Basic Chinese I

    Description:  Functional use of Chinese for students with no prior knowlege of Chinese. New pronunciation system, PINYIN, readings and oral drills. Supplementary language laboratory work.
    Prerequisites: 
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    Credit Hours:  6.0
    Last Offered:  Summer 2010, Fall 2009, Summer 2009, Fall 2008

    CHI 1112 - Basic Chinese II

    Description:  Continuation of CHI 1111-Basic Chinese I New pronunciation system, PINYIN, readings and oral drills. Supplementary language laboratory work.
    Prerequisites:  CHI 1111
    Corequisites: 
    Credit Hours:  6.0
    Last Offered:  Summer 2010, Spring 2010, Summer 2009, Spring 2009

    CHI 1113 - Business Chinese

    Description:  No Chinese language skill pre-requisite; cultural and linguistic combination; conduct in english; Mandarin Chinese and Pinyin system taught in class.
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered:  Spring 2005

    CHI 1121 - Intermediate Chinese I

    Description:  Review of Grammar and vocabulary. New pronunciation system, PINYIN, reading and oral drills. Supplementary language laboratory work.
    Prerequisites: 
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    Credit Hours:  5.0
    Last Offered:  Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007, Fall 2006

    CHI 1122 - Intermediate Chinese II

    Description:  Review of grammar and vocabulary. New pronunciation system, PINYIN, readings and oral drills. Supplementary language laboratory work.
    Prerequisites: 
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    Credit Hours:  5.0
    Last Offered:  Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 2007

    CHI 1131 - Advanced Chinese I

    Description:  Advanced communication skills including reading and discussing topics on current events. Supplementary language laboratory work.
    Prerequisites: 
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered:  Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007, Fall 2005

    CHI 1132 - Advanced Chinese II

    Description:  Advanced communication skills including reading and discussing topics on current events. Supplementary language laboratory work.
    Prerequisites: 
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered:  Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 2005

    CHI 1133 - Advanced Chinese III

    Description:  Advanced communication skills including reading & discussing topics on current events. Supplementary language laboratory work.
    Prerequisites:  CHI 1132
    Corequisites: 
    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered:  Fall 2009, Fall 2008

    CHI 1134 - Advanced Chinese IV

    Description:  Advanced communication skills including reading & discussing topics on current events. Supplementary language laboratory work.
    Prerequisites:  CHI 1133
    Corequisites: 
    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered:  Spring 2010, Spring 2009

    CHI 1135 - Conversational Chinese I

    Description:  Intensive practice in conversation with emphasis on developing advance language skills in Chinese.
    Prerequisites: 
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
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    CHI 1136 - Conversational Chinese II

    Description:  Intensive practice in conversation with emphasis on developing advance language skills in Chinese.
    Prerequisites: 
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered: 

    CHI 2143 - Chinese Culture

    Description:  Chinese culture and civilization from the beginning to the present. Conducted in English. Satisfies Diversity Requirement.
    Prerequisites: 
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered:  Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 2007

    CHI 2144 - Chinese Film & Novel

    Description:  The history and development of Chinese fiction from its beginning to the present. Taught in English,
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered:  Fall 2008, Fall 2007, Spring 2007, Fall 2006

    CHI 3412 - Chinese Special Topics

    Description:  Advanced study of topics of special interest in Chinese literary and/or cultural studies. May be repeated for credit if topic changes. Taught in English.
    Prerequisites: 
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered:  Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Fall 2007

    CHI 3413 - Chinese Calligraphy

    Description:  Two part course: Textual study: History of Chinese calligraphy emphasizing how the Chinese culture blossomed and developed; Calligraphy practice: an on-hand developing of Chinese characters including the study of character's original meaning, transformation, and cultural context.
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered:  Spring 2010, Spring 2009

    CHI 3414 - Chinese Classical Thought

    Description:  Students will come to understand the basic thought, ideology, and great intellects, Sun Tzu and Confucius of life philosophy, then further examine the relationship between those classics and the ideology and philosophy of modern China.
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
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    CHI 5900 - CHI: Independent Study

    Description:  Supervised study, activity or research. May be taken more than once. Prior approval of chair and instructor.
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    Credit Hours:  3.0
    Last Offered:  Fall 2009

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