College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Chinese Language Program

The University of Kansas offers Chinese through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC).


China has one of the fastest economic growth rates in the world and holds one quarter of the world's population. It is a country with an ancient and fascinating history, and a complex and interesting role to play in the present. The University of Kansas has taught Chinese since 1959 and has since had the strongest Chinese language program in the Great Plains.

Students can use Chinese to fulfill a language requirement, or as part of numerous degree programs, including majors, minors and graduate degrees.

Knowledge of Chinese language and culture is an asset in a wide range of careers. Students taking Chinese can also apply for scholarships for language study, including FLAS Fellowships.


Available Courses

KU offers elementary through advanced coursework in Chinese. See all courses taught at KU below, or check out our list of what's offered for the current semester. For placement information visit the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

KU Chinese Language Courses
CHIN 100 Elementary Conversational Chinese I
Three hours of class per week plus outside use of recorded text materials. Basic spoken language instruction intended primarily for beginners planning travel or work in China and Taiwan. Introduction to basic written characters. Does not fulfill College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language distribution requirements or department major and minor requirements. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 101 Elementary Conversational Chinese II
Continuation of CHIN 100. Prerequisite: CHIN 100 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 102 Beginning Chinese I
Taught mainly in the summer, this course covers about 75% of the material in CHIN 104, upon which this course is modeled. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 104 Elementary Chinese I
Three hours of lecture and three hours of spoken drill each week. An introduction to spoken and written modern standard Chinese (Mandarin). Not open to students with native ability in Mandarin or Chinese dialect. Students who have any previous knowledge of Chinese must take a placement exam before enrolling in Chinese classes at K.U. Consult Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures for details. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 106 Elementary Chinese for Advanced Beginners
This course is designed for students who have already acquired some elementary Chinese language abilities (in high school or from family), but cannot be placed in CHIN 108, Elementary Chinese II. The course focuses on perfecting listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and prepares students for CHIN 108. For admission to the class, students must take the EALC Chinese placement exam, be interviewed by designated instructors, and approved. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 108 Elementary Chinese II
Continuation of CHIN 104. Prerequisite: CHIN 101, CHIN 104, or equivalent. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Pan, Yue
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM WES 4041 - LAWRENCE
5 51156
LEC Pan, Yue
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4014 - LAWRENCE
5 55457
LBN Sun, Feifei
TR 02:30-03:45 PM WES 4014 - LAWRENCE
5 51157
LBN Sun, Feifei
TR 09:30-10:45 AM WES 1046 - LAWRENCE
5 55460
LBN Li, Yingjie
TR 01:00-02:15 PM WES 1046 - LAWRENCE
5 51158
CHIN 148 Intensive Elementary Chinese
An accelerated one semester course in elementary Chinese, covering the material of CHIN 104 and CHIN 108. Classes meet for two hours of lecture and one hour of drill daily. Emphasis on spoken language with grammar and readings in selected texts. No prerequisite. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 177 FIrst Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Chinese. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 204 Intermediate Chinese I
Continuation of CHIN 108. Three hours of lecture and three hours of spoken drill. Prerequisite: CHIN 108 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 206 Intermediate Chinese Conversation
Practice in speaking, presentation of prepared talks, and guided discussions. This course is primarily used to award transfer credit and does not fulfill any portion of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: CHIN 204 or equivalent. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 208 Intermediate Chinese II
Continuation of CHIN 204. Prerequisite: CHIN 204. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lou, Haining
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
5 60509
LBN Gao, Junfu
TR 01:00-02:15 PM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
5 60510
LBN Wang, Yurou
TR 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4041 - LAWRENCE
5 60511
CHIN 251 Reading and Writing Chinese I
Designed for those who speak modern standard (Mandarin) Chinese but lack reading and writing skills. Focuses on acquiring knowledge of the Chinese writing system and preparing students for possible entry into advanced courses in Chinese, e.g. CHIN 504 (Advanced Modern Chinese I), or, after appropriate testing, for possible exemption from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. Students should take the online Chinese placement exam and consult with the Chinese Language Program Coordinator. Enrollment by permission of the Chinese Language Program Coordinator only. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 252 Reading and Writing Chinese II
Continuation of CHIN 251. Prerequisite: CHIN 251 or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 290 Accelerated Chinese
Instruction in reading and writing Chinese for students who already possess a degree of oral/aural proficiency. This course will prepare students for enrollment in CHIN 504, Advanced Modern Chinese I. No prerequisites. Consent of instructor required. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 342 Introduction to Classical Chinese
An introduction to Classical Chinese through detailed analysis of short original passages from a variety of early Chinese texts. Students gain a foundation in the grammar and vocabulary of Classical Chinese, preparing them for CHIN 544. The course is offered at the 300 and 500 levels, with additional requirements for students taking the 500 level. Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Chinese characters (e.g. from CHIN 108 or JPN 108) and consent of the instructor, or CHIN 208 or JPN 208. Not open to students who have completed CHIN 542. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 386 Advanced Chinese Conversation
Guided discussions designed to increase fluency and further improve pronunciation. Prerequisite: CHIN 504 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 498 Directed Readings in Chinese
Readings in Chinese on a subject selected by a student with the advice and direction of the instructor. Individual meetings and reports. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND McMahon, Keith
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 61910
CHIN 504 Advanced Modern Chinese I
Five hours of class and two of drill. Readings in selected modern Chinese literary texts and discussion in Chinese of recordings of stories and dramas. Prerequisite: CHIN 208 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 508 Advanced Modern Chinese II
Continuation of CHIN 504. Prerequisite: CHIN 504 or equivalent. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC McMahon, Keith
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
5 51159
LBN Li, Yingjie
TR 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4037 - LAWRENCE
5 51160
CHIN 512 Advanced Chinese I
Readings in modern Chinese texts on a variety of subjects and discussion in Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 218 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 513 Advanced Chinese II
Continuation of CHIN 512. Prerequisite: CHIN 512 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 542 Introduction to Classical Chinese
An introduction to Classical Chinese through detailed analysis of short original passages from a variety of early Chinese texts. Students gain a foundation in the grammar and vocabulary of Classical Chinese, preparing them for CHIN 544. The course is offered at the 300 and 500 levels, with additional requirements for students taking CHIN 542. Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Chinese characters (e.g. from CHIN 108 or JPN 108) and consent of instructor, or CHIN 208 or JPN 208. Not open to students who have completed CHIN 342. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 544 Readings in Classical Chinese: _____
Classical Chinese is the language of the most famous works of Chinese philosophy and most Chinese literature before the twentieth century. The course introduces readings from a specific philosophical school or literary genre, for example: Confucian Philosophical Texts, Daoist Philosophical Texts, Poetry, Ming/Qing fiction, etc. Prerequisite: CHIN 342 or CHIN 542 or consent of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Williams, Crispin
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
3 63808
CHIN 562 Modern Chinese Texts I
Readings and interpretation of varied modern Chinese texts. Continued study of the language in the form of oral discussion and written reports. Prerequisite: CHIN 504 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 564 Modern Chinese Texts II
A continuation of CHIN 562 with materials of increasing difficulty. Prerequisite: CHIN 562. LEC.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Xiao, Hui
TR 11:00-12:15 PM WES 1046 - LAWRENCE
3 57493
CHIN 580 Introduction to Chinese Research Materials
An introduction to basic reference works in Chinese and Western languages, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances, and bibliographies. Library organization and research methods will also be discussed. (Five week course.) Prerequisite: CHIN 208 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 598 Readings in: _____
Students will read selections from materials on a given topic or topics. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CHIN 564 or permission of instructor. IND.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Pan, Yue
F 01:00-03:30 PM WES 4014 - LAWRENCE
3 58326
IND McMahon, Keith
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 63104
CHIN 690 Seminar in Chinese Texts
Varying topics with varying prerequisites. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.

CHIN 801 Directed Readings and Research in Chinese
Advanced language training for the study of Chinese sources in the humanities or social science field of the student. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH.
Spring 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Li, Yan
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 57812
RSH McMahon, Keith
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 51161
CHIN 880 Advanced Chinese Research Materials
A detailed examination of various Chinese language reference works and research materials. Emphasis will be placed on the use of different types of reference works to carry out research strategies. Prerequisite: CHIN 504 or equivalent and CHIN 580. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2017 semester.


Study Abroad

KU offers numerous opportunities to study abroad in China. Some of these programs have classes taught in English, while others are opportunities for advanced language study.


Degrees

Chinese language courses can be a part of many degree programs, whether used to fulfill a language requirement, or completing a major, minor or graduate degree focused on East Asia. Here are a few degree programs students frequently combine with Chinese language study, but talk to your academic advisor to explore all your options.


Career Planning

  • The KU Career Center has online resources for exploring career paths for different majors. Check out the specifics for East Asian Languages and Cultures, or look at those for other majors (including those listed above.)
  • KU students can also sign up for a free account with My World Abroad, which has extensive resources on preparing for an international career, including career options, and job search tips.

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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. Read more about the CEAS M.A. Program, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, at ceasma@ku.edu or 785-864-1478.

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