Chinese BA+MA Blended Program

The SF State Scholar Program in Chinese is designed for motivated undergraduate Chinese majors who wish to complete both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees within a five year timeframe. Those accepted into the program enroll in graduate-level classes starting in their senior year, thereby shortening time to graduate degree completion. San Francisco State University offers the only Master’s degree in Chinese in the California State University (CSU) system, providing students with qualifications needed for college-level teaching and doctoral research. The Master’s curriculum includes core and elective courses in literature, linguistics, pedagogy, research methodology, and translation/interpretation.

You can download a copy of the course requirements for the SF State Scholar Program in Chinese here. If you are currently a Chinese major with a concentration in Chinese Literature and Linguistics, and wish to apply for the SF State Scholar Program in Chinese, click here for the application form.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (undergraduate portion)

 

  • 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 530 Oratory and Performance (3 units)
  • CHIN 600, CHIN 601GW, CHIN 602, CHIN 611, CHIN 612GW or HUM 530 (3 units)
  • Lower division elective in Chinese or related area (upon advising, 3 units)
  • Upper division elective in Chinese or related area (upon advising, 3 units)
  • Upper division elective in Chinese or related area (upon advising, 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: 30-33

Visit the current University Bulletin for complete course descriptions and class schedule.

 

WRITING REQUIREMENT

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.

 

CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

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.

 

 

APPLY FOR TRANSITION TO GRADUATE STATUS

Upon completion of all undergraduate degree requirements, student will apply for (undergraduate) graduation and complete the “SF State Scholars Baccalaureate Degree Review Application”.

  • Students can continue to take undergraduate classes after transitioning to graduate status. However, no lower division classes taken in graduate status will count towards the undergraduate degree. After transitioning to graduate status, students will pay post-baccalaureate tuition and campus fees. If, for any reason, the student wishes to switch back to undergraduate status, the difference in fees will not be refunded.
  • Students will be charged the undergraduate tuition fee only during the time in which they have earned fewer than degree applicable 120 semester units.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (graduate portion)

 1. Seek graduate advising every semester

  • Seek advising on what courses to take and how to complete your degree within a projected timeframe
  • Seek advising on what courses taken from outside the Chinese Program will count towards electives

2. Take classes (10 classes / 30 units required)

Course requirements are listed below. You can also download a copy of the course requirements (pdf). Note that M.A. course requirements are on p.2 of the document.

Required Courses (must complete both)

  • CHIN 822 Seminar in Classical Chinese Literature (3)
  • MLL 701 Seminar in Academic Writing and Research Methodology (3)

Modern Literature Requirement (choose one from below)

  • CHIN 821 Seminar in Modern Chinese Literature (3) 
  • CHIN 820 Road to Modernity (3)

Chinese Pedagogy Requirement (choose one from below)

  • CHIN 824 Testing & Assessment in Teaching/Learning Chinese as L2 (3)
  • CHIN 825 Chinese Linguistics & Teaching/Learning Chinese as L2 (3)
  • CHIN 837 Materials Development for Teaching Chinese (3)
  • MLL 803 Technology in Foreign Language Education (3)
  • MLL 808 Second Language Acquisition (3)

Chinese Linguistics Requirement (choose one from below)

  • CHIN 826 Semantics and Morphology (3)
  • CHIN 827 Language Change and Dialect Variation (3)

Electives (must complete all as described below)

  • [Exclusively graduate (not paired) elective course in Chinese or related subject] (3)
  • [Exclusively graduate (not paired) elective course in Chinese, or paired upper division/graduate course in Chinese (students must enroll using the graduate course number)] (3)
  • [Upper division or graduate electives in Chinese or related subject with approval of graduate advisor] (9)

MINIMUM REQUIRED UNITS = 30

Plus Master's Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations (see below) in two subfields. The student is admitted to the oral examination upon passing the written examination. Both examinations may be attempted not more than two times.

 

Visit the current University Bulletin for complete course descriptions and class schedule.

 

3. File the Advancement to Candidacy

File the ATC (formerly known as Graduate Approved Program [GAP]) and Culminating Experience forms with the graduate advisor.

Download the two forms:

The ATC form can also be downloaded from the Division of Graduate Studies website (select "Chinese" from the pull-down menu).

  • ATC Form specifies which courses you intend to take to complete your Masters Degree in Chinese (if you are not sure which courses will be offered in future semesters, write down your best guess -- you will be allowed to revise the form at a later date)
  • ATC Form must be filed after the first semester, and before the final semester (i.e., you must wait until you have completed 18 units before you can file your ATC form, but you must file it one semester before the semester you intend to graduate).
  • ATC Form will include all core requirements and electives needed to complete the Masters Degree in Chinese.
  • Culminating Experience Form: The Culminating Experience Form specifies what subject areas you will be doing your future Culminating Experience in, and which instructors you will be taking the Culminating Experience with.

 

4. Submit an Application for Graduation

Apply for graduation before the third week of your final semester.

5. Complete the Culminating Experience requirement

The Culminating Experience will generally consist of written and oral exams.

Written Exam

Two separate exams taken with two different instructors within the program (one in literature, one in linguistics, for example). Written exams typically take place at the end of a semester; students usually work out with each instructor at the beginning of the semester (before 3rd week of semester) what subject matter the exam will be on, and what materials to study.

Oral Exam 

Takes place after completion of written exam. Consists of a 40 minute session in which both instructors ask questions about contents of written exam -- student is expected to discuss and defend viewpoints expounded in written exam.

To complete the Culminating Experience requirement, candidates must

  • Choose two instructors that you want to take the Culminating Experience with (by the 3rd week of the semester)
  • Get readings lists and exam topics from each instructor
  • Set written and oral exam dates with each instructor

Note to Students

  • The culminating experience requires a full semester's worth of work. Do not treat it as a test that you cram for weeks before the event.
  • Arrangements with professors must be made no later than the third week of the semester of graduation, to allow for semester-long study. Requests for culminating experience arrangements made after the third week are likely to be refused.
  • All exams (including written and oral exams) must be completed before the end of finals week of the graduating semester.

6. File "Report of Completion of Specified Graduate Program Requirements"

  • Form requires signatures of both instructors overseeing Culminating Experience written and oral exam.
  • Once oral exam is completed and Report of Completion has been signed, instructors will bring the signed form to Modern Languages & Literatures Department Office.
  • Modern Languages & Literatures Department Office will submit report to Division of Graduate Studies.

 

 

To apply for the SF State Scholar Program in Chinese, download an application form HERE, then make an appointment to see the SF State Chinese Scholar Program advisor (wenchao@sfsu.edu).

 

Click below for a sample roadmap to the completion of the SF State Scholar Program in Chinese.