2014-15 General Catalog

Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics
218 Cowell College
(831) 459-2054

Faculty | Course Descriptions

Program Description

Students interested in learning Chinese may enroll in language courses from beginning to advanced levels and should do so early in their careers at UCSC. Only those with no prior experience with the language may enroll in Chinese 1, which is only offered fall quarter. Heritage learners and those with prior instruction are required to take a placement exam.  The Chinese 4H-5H sequence is designed to accommodate most heritage learners of Chinese. Students interested in combining their language study with their major focus may choose from a major or minor in language studies or linguistics, a minor in East Asian studies through the History Department, an individual major in East Asian studies through their college, or a global economics major.

The sequence of lower-division courses 1-6 is aimed at enabling students to gain proficiency in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Instruction takes place mostly in Chinese from the second half of the first quarter. Upper-level courses include Chinese 103, Language and Society in Taiwan and the PRC; Chinese 104, Readings in Chinese Literature; Chinese 105, Readings in Chinese History; Chinese 107, Introduction to Classical Chinese Prose; and Chinese 108, Introduction to Classical Poetry.

Campus Language Laboratories and Placement Exams

Information about these topics can be found under Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics.

Study Abroad

Students may apply to study intensive Chinese language at universities—in Taipei, Hong Kong, or Beijing—for periods ranging from a summer up to a full year through the Office of International Education (OIE). Courses taken abroad can, with approval of an adviser, be applied to major requirements. For a list of current programs and requirements, visit their web site, For information on credit applied to a major, please contact the appropriate department.

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Revised: 09/01/14