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.
Students begin with a 16-unit lower division basic language sequence followed by 21 units of upper division coursework in the areas of intermediate and advanced language, classical language, literature, culture, and linguistics. Built into the curriculum is a 3-unit subject matter writing course (GWAR). You can download a copy of the course requirements for the Chinese major with Concentration in Chinese Language here.
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 concentration.
- CHIN 101 First Semester Chinese (4 units)
- CHIN 102 Second Semester Chinese (4 units)
- CHIN 103 Third Semester Chinese (4 units)
- CHIN 303 Intermediate Chinese (4 units)
- CHIN 311 Conversation and Reading (3 units)
- CHIN 312 Speech and Writing (3 units)
- CHIN 401 Advanced Chinese (3 units)
- MLL 325 Linguistics for Foreign Language (3 units)
- CHIN 501 Introduction to Classical Chinese (3 units)
- CHIN 507 Traditional Chinese Culture (3 units)
- CHIN 600, CHIN 601GW, CHIN 602, CHIN 611, CHIN 612GW or HUM 530 (3 units)
- Upper division elective in Chinese or related area (upon advising) (3 units)
- GWAR (if not taken from GWAR courses listed above -- 3 units)
TOTAL UNITS: 40
In addition to course requirements listed for each concentration above, the student will satisfy University Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) by taking one GWAR offering from the Chinese Program or Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Double majors and transfer students who have already completed the GWAR requirement in another subject are exempt from this requirement.
Prior to submitting an application for graduation, candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese must present evidence of having completed a Culminating Experience project. The Culminating Experience project can be completed through one of three options:
1. Standardized Test:
The student shall submit evidence of having passed the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL), or the ACTFL/ILROral Proficiency Interview (OPI) for Mandarin Chinese at the appropriate level. The following grade levels are treated as passing:
- Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK): Level 4 or higher
- Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL): Level 3 or higher
- Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): Advanced low or higher
2. Writing Portfolio:
The student shall submit a writing portfolio with evidence of advanced level academic and/or professional writing in both Chinese and English. The portfolio must contain at least one work of Chinese language academic or professional writing developed out of a writing assignment submitted for credit in an upper division course taught in Chinese, and one work of English language academic or professional writing developed out of a writing assignment accepted for credit in a GWAR course.
3. Flagship Capstone:
The Flagship Capstone option is available only to students accepted into the Chinese Flagship Program. Students in the Chinese Flagship Program must choose the Flagship Capstone Option, which consists of a "Capstone Year" abroad for study and internship, to be implemented once the student has reached proficiency benchmarks set by the Language Flagship and has been recommended by the Council of Chinese Flagship Directors.
COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES (effective Fall 2014)
Required of all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese are 12 units of Complementary Studies, which must come from courses bearing a prefix other than CHIN. Complementary Studies for the Chinese major can be satisfied via four possible routes: (1) FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 12 units in any foreign language other than Chinese (may include up to 3 units of FL prefix courses); (2) STUDY ABROAD: 12 units of course work taken in an approved study abroad program (including CSU Study Abroad, SFSU Bilateral, Chinese Flagship, and SLI Translation-Interpretation programs); (3) 2ND MAJOR / MINOR / CERTIFICATE: 12 units of course work taken as part of a second major, a minor or a certificate; (4) RELATED SUBJECTS: 12 units of course work in related disciplines with the approval of a Chinese Program advisor. Related disciplines typically include linguistics, literature, philosophy, history, education, and any aspect of greater China, East Asia, or Asian Americans.
Where a course with a non-CHIN prefix is taken as a core requirement or elective for the Chinese major, the said course may also (doubly) count towards Complementary Studies only via the Study Abroad option or the 2nd Major/Minor/Certificate option listed above. Students satisfying Complementary Studies through the Foreign Language option are allowed a maximum of 3 units of overlap of FL-prefix courses between Chinese major and Complementary Studies units. Students satisfying Complementary Studies through the Related Subjects option are not allowed to double-count major and Complementary Studies units.
COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES OPTIONS
(NOITE: All units counting towards Complementary Studies must bear a prefix other than CHIN)
a. Languages other than English
12 units in any foreign language other than Chinese (may include up to 3 units of FL prefix courses). Except for FL prefix courses, Complementary Studies units from this category must be in addition to, and may not overlap with units required for the Chinese major.
b. 2nd Major / Minor / Certificate
12 units from study towards a second major, a minor, or a certificate in any subject. Where applicable, units from this category may apply towards both Complementary Studies and the Chinese major (double-counting allowed).
c. Study Abroad
12 units from recognized Study Abroad programs. Recognized programs include CSU Study Abroad programs, SFSU Bilateral programs, Chinese Flagship study abroad and internship, and Strategic Language Initiative (SLI) Translation-Interpretation exchange program. Where applicable, units from this category may apply towards both Complementary Studies and the Chinese major (double-counting allowed).
d. A coherent group of courses approved by a major advisor as complementary to the major
Student will meet with Chinese Program advisor well prior to semester of graduation to design a course of study in related disciplines that best complements the student’s demonstrated research agenda or career goals. Related disciplines typically include (but are not limited to) linguistics, literature, philosophy, history, education, and any aspect of greater China, East Asia, or Asian American Studies. Complementary Studies units from this category must be in addition to, and may not overlap with units required for the Chinese major.
NOTE REGARDING STUDY ABROAD
(applies to all Chinese degrees, concentrations and minors): Students are encouraged to study abroad through the International Programs of the California State University and the Bilateral Programs of San Francisco State University. For students opting to study abroad, all study abroad units will count as units in residence and can be used for graduation credit, but no more than half of the units required for the major or minor may be taken outside of the home campus. Flagship Language Concentration students, however, may apply all of their Study Abroad units towards the major.
To declare a major or minor in Chinese, complete a Declaration of Major/Minorform (download from HERE), then make an appointment to see a Chinese Program advisor. Bring a copy of your most recent university transcript (unofficial OK) to the meeting.
Clock below for a sample roadmap to the completion of the Concentration in Chinese Language (doc).
High school Advanced Placement (AP) exam credit for Chinese
Students may receive credit towards lower division requirements with appropriate scores on Advanced Placement exams.
AP Score / Major Credit
Score 3 / 4 units [equivalent to CHIN 101]
Score 4 / 8 units [equivalent to CHIN 101 and CHIN 102]
Score 5 / 12 units [equivalent to CHIN 101, CHIN 102, and CHIN 103]
See the University policy on AP exam credit here