+ Chinese Program – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \

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Asian Studies

Chinese Program

The HWS Chinese program offers interested students the opportunity to choose from a variety of courses in language, literature, history, religion and culture. A member of the Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE) Chinese Language Consortium, the Chinese program gives students in good standing the chance to participate in the CIEE program in Beijing, Nanjing or Taipei. Qualified students may also arrange to study at the Mandarin Training Center or other language institutes in Taiwan. Heritage learners may request to enroll in the Overseas Chinese Youth Tour, a summer Chinese language camp sponsored by the Ministry of Education of the Government of Taiwan. Faculty are trained language teachers and scholars who teach modern Mandarin Chinese that is spoken in China, Taiwan and other Chinese communities. Classical Chinese is taught as an independent study. The Chinese program does not offer a separate major or minor in Chinese, but all courses in the Chinese program are cross-listed with the Asian Studies department and may count toward requirements for the major or minor in Asian Studies.

Courses Offered in Chinese

CHIN 101 Beginning Chinese I CHIN 102 Beginning Chinese II CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II CHIN 301 Advanced Chinese I CHIN 302 Advanced Chinese II CHIN 340 Chinese Literature in Translation CHIN 450 Independent Study

Cross-listed Courses

ASN 209 The Golden Age of Chinese Culture ASN 210 Buddhism and Taoism through Chinese Literature ASN 212 Women in Contemporary Chinese Culture ASN 220 Male and Female in East Asian Society and Culture ASN 236 Society and Culture in China ASN 312 Literary and Historical Memory in China ASN 342 Chinese Cinema: Gender, Politics and Social Change in Contemporary China


For scholarship opportunities and more information about the Chinese Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, please contact the Chinese Language Program Coordinator.