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College of Arts & Sciences



Jinai Sun


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MAJOR or MINOR in Chinese at North Central College!

As a student of Chinese, you can discover the joys of learning about Chinese culture, develop a language competency, participate in international working and learning communities, boost your resume and prepare for a career in a globalized economy and society.

Why Chinese

  • Join the world’s 1.5 billion Chinese Mandarin speakers
  • Expand your job opportunities
  • One syllable words, no conjugations, simple grammar – easy to learn!
  • Close knit, exciting group of students in a growing program on campus
  • Gain a broader appreciation of Asian Culture

Features of the NCC Chinese Program

  • Four Years of Language Study 
    • 1st Year:  Foundation
    • 2nd Year:  Application
    • 3rd Year:  Immersion
    • 4th Year:  Profession 
  • Beyond the Classroom
    • Chinese Club
    • Large local Chinese community
    • Field trips to Community Center and local Chinese establishments
  • Study Abroad at the "Harvard of China" in Beijing
    • December trip program
    • Fall semester program
    • One year study and internship in China
  • Research Grants, Internships, and Job Opportunities
    • Locally in Greater Chicago
    • Globally in Beijing and Shanghai in China
  • Summer Programs

If you have studied Chinese before, or have Chinese language skills, we invite you to contact Dr. Jinai Sun to confirm your starting point in our program. Otherwise, join us in Chinese 101!

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Chinese, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

B.A. Requirements:

A major in Chinese consists of at least 30 credit hours, at the level of CHI 103 or above, including six credit hours at the 400-level. A minimum of one term of study in China, and CHI 105 are also required.

Additional Courses:

Students seeking a major in the modern languages are strongly encouraged to take additional language coursework beyond the minimum major requirements. Note: Once CHI 310 has been successfully completed, courses below the level of 310 in Chinese (except CHI 105) may not be taken for credit except with consent of the Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Chinese Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.


A minor consists of at least 18 credit hours, including six credit hours at the 300-level.

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

CHI 101 Elementary Chinese I (3.00)
Introduction to the basic structure of Chinese language. Pronunciation and tonal accuracy are strongly stressed, with gradual development of communication skills and verbal fluency. About 400 Chinese characters are mastered by the end of the Elementary Chinese sequence.

CHI 102 Elementary Chinese II (3.00)
A continuation of Elementary Chinese I.

CHI 103 Elementary Chinese III (3.00)
A continuation of Elementary Chinese II.

CHI 105 Chinese Culture and Society (3.00)
A study of the cultural and social structures that have historically defined Chinese civilization and continue to shape the contemporary Chinese experience with regard to areas such as family, ritual, art, politics and economics. Course taught in English.

CHI 201 Intermediate Chinese I (3.00)
Continued development of verbal communication skills, with introduction of proverbs and idioms. Writing skills are emphasized; 500 new characters are learned by the completion of the Intermediate sequence. Students are exposed to important cultural aspects of the Chinese language.

CHI 202 Intermediate Chinese II (3.00)
A continuation of Intermdiate Chinese I. Core: Humanities.

CHI 203 Intermediate Chinese III (3.00)
A continuation of Intermediate Chinese II.

CHI 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

CHI 310 Exploring China Through Film (3.00)
This course draws upon the rich tradition of Chinese cinematography to explore major cultural themes, such as the family structure, parent-child relationships, the evolving role of women, gender issues, and other profound development taking place in contemporary Chinese culture. Repeatable with different topics.

CHI 311 Exploring Chinese Through Popular Culture (3.00)
A cultural approach to the survey of significant production in recent Chinese film, music, popular literature and other forms of mass media. Repeatable with different topics.

CHI 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

CHI 410 Communication and Composition (3.00)
Focuses on continued development and expansion of vocabulary, oral proficiency, and writing skills. Students read, discuss, and summarize texts.

CHI 411 Chinese for Professional Settings (3.00)
Development of linguistic and cultural skills related to the professional use of Chinese, focusing on the special forms of interaction required for success in business communication. Repeatable with different topics.

CHI 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

Norval Bard

Professor of French; Chair of Modern and Classical Languages
Patricia Bayona

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Michael de Brauw

Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages
Alberto Fonseca

Associate Professor of Spanish
Silvia Goldman

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Sophie Hand

Professor of French
Fukumi Matsubara

Professor of Japanese
Beverly Richard Cook

Professor of Spanish Emerita
Jelena Sanchez

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
Jinai Sun

Assistant Professor of Chinese
Esra Tasdelen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Coordinator of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Ivy Walters

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
Gregory H. Wolf

Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities; Professor of German

Student Organizations

  • Chinese Club
    • Join trips to Chinese related sites in Chicago
    • Celebrate Chinese holidays
  • International Club

    • Connect with the students that enjoy multicultural experiences

Language Learning Support

  • Language Resource Center
    • Listen to audio samples
    • Watch Video from around the world
    • Work with language tutors
  • Chinese Corner
    • Twice a week meetings that give students the opportunity to speak Chinese together, learning Chinese tongue twisters and songs

Cultural Events

  • Exploring China through film
    • Film showing of "Mulberry Child" followed by a discussion with the main characters Jian and Lisa Ping
  • Participation in Xilin Chinese Spring Festival and Lantern Festival

Community Involvement

  • Active participation in the local Xilin Asian Community helping English Tutors
  • NCC/Xilin sponsored workshops for teachers of Chinese
  • Representing China in NCC Annual International Festival