Chinese Program

Program Coordinator: Chris Wen-chao Li, wenchao@sfsu.edu
Undergraduate Advisers: Chris Wen-Chao Li, wenchao@sfsu.edu; Charles Egan, chega@sfsu.edu; Frederik Green, fgreen@sfsu.edu; Yang Xiao-Desai, yangxiao@sfsu.edu
Graduate Adviser: Chris Wen-Chao Li, wenchao@sfsu.edu
Flagship Program Director: Charles Egan, chega@sfsu.edu
Flagship Program Assistant Director: Frederik Green, fgreen@sfsu.edu

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Study Chinese at San Francisco State University —  with a vast selection of courses, dedicated full-time faculty and students from all corners of the globe, your experience in cosmopolitan San Francisco promises to be the experience of a lifetime. The Chinese program offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chinese, together with a professionally oriented Chinese Flagship Program and a graduate-level Strategic Language Initiative (SLI) Translation-Interpretation Certificate Program. Explore the different degree options and find out more about studying Chinese at San Francisco State University.

Program Scope

Founded in 1959, the Chinese Program at San Francisco State University provides comprehensive degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For all major and minor options, the Chinese Program offers electives taught in both English and Chinese which provide insight into one of the world’s oldest civilizations and inspire the student to view the modern world from alternative perspectives. Courses on modern literature and film, taught in Chinese, reflect the dynamic transformations of contemporary Chinese society and culture. Training in the fundamentals of linguistics complements program goals by revealing the underlying structures of language. To prepare students as fully as possible for future challenges, the Chinese Program balances traditional academic offerings with practical courses such as Business Chinese, Media Chinese, and Web Chinese, which equip students with career-related language skills.

The Bachelor of Arts in Chinese is divided into three separate concentrations: Chinese Language, designed for students with little or no background in Chinese language; Chinese Literature and Linguistics, aimed at native and near-native speakers of Chinese language; and Flagship Chinese Language, a federally funded honors program.

The Minor in Chinese Language is designed for beginning language learners, and is focused on the buildup of proficiency in the Modern Standard Language.

The Minor in Chinese Literature and Linguistics, is designed for native and near-native speakers, and requires coursework in advanced language, classical language, linguistics, literature, culture, and oratory.

The Master of Arts in Chinese provides advanced training in the areas of literature, linguistics and pedagogy, building a solid foundation for further study and language-related careers. Many of our M.A. graduates advance to study and research at the doctoral level, and others develop skills for China-related careers, including teaching Chinese as a second language, international business and law, and translation and interpretation.

 

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B.A. in Chinese (Concentration in Chinese Language)

The Concentration in Chinese Language is designed for beginning language learners with little or no background in Chinese Language. The program places emphasis on the building of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and an appreciation and understanding of literature and culture.

B.A. in Chinese (Concentration in Chinese Literature & Linguistics)

The Concentration in Chinese Literature and Linguistics is aimed at native and near-native speakers of Chinese language, and consists of 18 units of required coursework in advanced language, linguistics, oratory, literature and culture, plus an additional 12 units of lower and upper division electives in Chinese or a related subject.

B.A. in Chinese (Concentration in Flagship Chinese Language)

The Concentration in Flagship Chinese Language, in line with federally-funded Chinese Flagship guidelines nationwide, consists of 35 units of lower and upper division language training, many of which are specifically tailored to students in the Flagship program, plus 9 units of coursework in linguistics, classical language, and GWAR. 

M.A. in Chinese (Information for Applicants)

The Chinese Program at San Francisco State University offers a Masters Degree in Chinese with a curriculum encompassing classical and modern Chinese literature, Chinese linguistics, and Chinese language pedagogy. Additional elective courses are available in the areas of Chinese-English translation and interpretation, and teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

 

M.A. in Chinese (Advancement to Candidacy)

Completion of the Master of Arts degree in Chinese requires 30 units of coursework (including required courses in literature, linguistics and language pedagogy plus additional electives) and the completion of a Culminating Experience consisting of written and oral examinations in two subjects.

Minor in Chinese (Concentration in Chinese Language)

This minor is aimed at beginning level learners with little or no background in Chinese Language. Native speakers of Chinese and international students who have completed secondary and/or tertiary education in Chinese language in a Chinese-speaking country are discouraged from choosing this minor. The minor consists of 23 units of coursework in modern Chinese language.

Minor in Chinese (Concentration in Chinese Literature & Linguistics)

This minor is aimed at native and near-native speakers of Chinese Language, and consists of 18 units of required coursework in advanced language, linguistics, oratory, literature, and culture, plus an additional 6 units of upper division electives in Chinese or a related subject.

 

Minor in Pacific Asian Studies

The Pacific Asian Studies minor consists of 21-24 units of coursework on three distinct Pacific Asian civilizations: (1) Greater China, (2) Japan and Korea, and (3) Southeast Asia and comparative studies.

Chinese Flagship Program

The San Francisco State University Chinese Flagship program is an exciting initiative for undergraduate students seeking careers related to China and the Chinese-speaking world. By providing intensive language instruction and cultural training, including dedicated classes and individual tutors for each student, the program works closely with each participant to facilitate mastery and application of the language for long-term success.

SLI Translation Program

The Strategic Language Initiative (SLI) at San Francisco State University, part of the California State University Strategic Language Initiative Consortium, offers a certificate program in Chinese-English Translation and Interpretation, which aims to impart professional translation/interpreting skills and enhance language proficiency in students with advanced-level Chinese proficiency. 

Study Abroad (Chinese)

The Chinese Program offers Chinese language Study Abroad options in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, at universities with specializations in Chinese language study, Chinese language pedagogy, Chinese for business, and translation & interpretation.

Media Coverage

Gain a better understanding of the Chinese Program at San Francisco State University through a documentary video by the local San Francisco Chinese language television station KTSF, and through a documentary film produced by masters program student Carol Xinxin Xie.

External Resources (Chinese)

A roundup of useful learning resources, activities, websites, groups and reference tools related to Chinese language and culture.

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