Study the most spoken language in the world

With nearly a billion speakers, Chinese is far and away the language spoken by the most people on earth. The ability to speak this language has never been more valuable, as growing interest in China is matched only by its growing influence. From the increased openness reflected in the recent Olympic Games to phenomenal growth and productivity and enhanced economic prosperity, China will continue to be a powerful world wide force for decades to come.

The Chinese Field of Study offers Franklin & Marshall students excellent opportunities to learn the Chinese language, study its history, and experience the beautiful and unique Chinese culture.

In this program, students will receive intensive language training in the classroom, and the learning experience will be greatly enhanced by after-class activities such as individual sessions with instructors, culture-related activities, field studies, and opportunities for study abroad.

With a very low student-faculty ratio, students enjoy optimum opportunities to develop and practice their speaking, writing, and listening skills. Faculty recommend two consecutive years of study to develop fluency and to obtain a solid understanding of the history and culture of China.


Additional Course Information 

To declare an Area Studies Minor

A Chinese Language Area Studies minor consists of six courses. Four of these courses must be Chinese language courses, from point of placement. Additionally, at least two of the courses for the minor should be 300-400 level courses. Students should consult with the Program Director of Chinese to formulate their educational plan for the minor.

Email Hongchang Yao to set-up an appointment.

Language courses:

  • CHN101  Elementary Chinese I
  • CHN102  Elementary Chinese II
  • CHN201  Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHN202  Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHN301  Upper Intermediate Chinese i
  • CHN302  Upper Intermediate Chinese II

Content courses:

  • ART105  Introduction to East Asian Art
  • ANT275  East Asian Cultures
  • RST337 Hindu Literature and Practice
  • HIS379   China in the Western Imagination

Activities

Individual sessions

Students will have an opportunity to meet with one of their instructors every week to practice conversations and receive help with their course work.

Field studies

Periodic field trips to Chinese communities nearby will be organized for students to practice what they have learned in classrooms and experience the Chinese American culture.

Study abroad

Each summer, interested students will have an opportunity to travel to China and enjoy the luxury of learning Chinese in an immersion environment. This program will allow students to have first-hand experiences with Chinese history and culture and the language used in real life. It will also help students enhance their real-world communication skills and gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Chinese history and culture. Depending on demand and resources, 1-year  study abroad programs in China may also be arranged for students who have completed two years of Chinese coursework at F&M.

 
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