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Chinese Studies Major and Minor Requirements
Major

The Chinese Studies Major

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.7).

Nine courses, including:

  • At least four language courses chosen from the following, one of which must be a 400-level course:

  • Five elective courses chosen from the list below, including two LLC electives in conjunction with CLAC in Chinese. Up to two language courses at or above the 300-level may be counted as electives.

Students MUST complete an approved study abroad experience as part of the Chinese Studies major. The study abroad experience can be fulfilled through a summer study abroad program associated with the University of Richmond, or other summer or semester programs in Chinese universities approved by the Chinese Studies faculty.

Students must take one 400-level course in Chinese at the University of Richmond after they return from abroad.

Students can transfer up to five courses to fulfill their Chinese Studies major requirements.

Minor

The Chinese Studies Minor

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.7).

Five courses, including:

  • At least two language courses at the 300-level or above

  • Three elective courses from the list below. Up to two language courses at or above the 300-level may be counted as electives.

Studying abroad is strongly encouraged, but not required. Students can transfer up to three courses to fulfill their Chinese Studies minor requirements. Minors are strongly encouraged to take at least one 300 or 400-level language course on campus after studying abroad. Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the minor. Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted.

Cross-School Major

Cross-School Major in Chinese Studies and International Business

(Earned in conjunction with a major in the Robins School of Business with an international business concentration.)

  • Nine courses and an interdisciplinary research project (IDST-379), in addition to completing all requirements of the international business concentration for the business administration major, including

  • CHIN-401 Topics in Advanced Chinese I, and

  • Four courses at the 300-level or above, chosen from:

  • One semester full-time study in China or Taiwan at an approved university

 The cross-school major in Chinese Studies and International Business represents a collaborative project between the Department of Languages,  Literatures, and Cultures and the International Business Program in the Robins School of Business. Designated faculty members from each program will advise students upon declaration and as they progress through the major. The curriculum includes a semester abroad at one of the University's partner institutions (for example, Tsinghua University in Beijing or National Chengchi University in Taiwan). There, students will continue their course work in Chinese Studies and business in classes with both local and other international students.

To prepare for the experience abroad, students must have taken CHIN-202 or the equivalent. Upon returning to the University of Richmond, they will broaden their knowledge of literary and cultural studies through advanced seminars as well as additional Robins School of Business coursework. The Chinese component of this program thus consists of five courses at the 300-level or above taken on campus plus four courses taken abroad, or the equivalent of a nine-course major in LLC.