Chinese: Concentration in Chinese Literature & Linguistics

Major department advisors answered a few questions to assist you with your first-semester class selection. 

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?
  • Learn to communicate in the world’s most widely spoken language.
  • Learn Chinese at the largest and most comprehensive Chinese language program in the CSU system.
  • Learn Chinese at a federally-appointed Chinese Language Flagship –the only one of its kind in California.
  • Learn about Chinese food, music, literature, culture, society and much more through classes from freshman all the way to graduate level.
  • Study abroad options available at the most prestigious universities in the Chinese-speaking world.
When should I first meet with my major department? As soon as possible (first semester OK), so as to better understand major requirements and work out a degree roadmap.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Contact the Chinese Program coordinator(wenchao@sfsu.edu) to arrange a meeting.
Where can I find information about major advising? Contact the Chinese Program coordinator(wenchao@sfsu.edu) to arrange a meeting.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Requires advanced-low level proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, acquired through high schoolcoursework, prior exposure (e.g., travel or foreign residence) or heritage background. Proficiency level to be determined in interview with Chinese Program advisor.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? Chinese is not an impacted major, hence core major and/or prerequisite courses are unlikely to be full. However, in the unlikely event that a required course is full, speak with a Chinese Program advisor about alternatives.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? With careful planning, the 30 units required for this major can be completed in as little as 2 years, leaving students with time to pursue a minor or a secondary major. See your Chinese Program advisor every semester to make the best of course offerings.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Any Chinese major requirement or elective appropriate to the student’s proficiency level (e.g., CHIN 401, CHIN 501, CHIN 507, CHIN 530, MLL 325, CHIN 600 level course etc).
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? Yes, but the demonstrated language proficiency required for admission into the Chinese Literature and Linguistics concentration confersa waiver or normal prerequisites.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? None.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Students with demonstrated language proficiency (through interview with a Chinese Program advisor) can skip directly to upper division courses appropriate to the individual’s level of Chinese language proficiency (e.g., CHIN 401, 501, 507, 530, etc).

Some lower and upper division GE courses (e.g., courses from history, philosophy, humanities, Asian American studies etc that are related to China and courses in linguistic or literary analysis) can count towards electives required for the major. Check with Chinese Program advisor for specifics.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Demonstrated Chinese language proficiency (through interview with a Chinese Program advisor).

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? YES. AP score of 3 or higher results in waiver of lower division elective requirement.

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