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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 North Central College 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.

Major Requirements

The Chinese major consists of a minimum of thirty-three credits at or above the 102 level, with at least twenty-eight credits taught in Chinese.

Chinese Courses

One of the following:
  • CHNS 105 - China Today

    CHNS 105 - China Today

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the profound socioeconomic transformation that China is currently undergoing and how these changes are impacting the Chinese people. It also explores China's role in international affairs, global economy and politics. In addition, a variety of topics regarding contemporary China such as technology, pop culture, social media and education are covered. Taught in English.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions, Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHNS 205 - Understanding China

    CHNS 205 - Understanding China

    4.00 credit hours

    An Introduction to key concepts and frameworks integral to the analysis of Chinese culture and society. It highlights not only macro-level processes of social change and continuity but also the everyday experiences of individuals involved in these processes. Taught in English.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

At least two credits from one of the following areas:
Enrichment
  • CHNS 393 - Chinese Enrichment

    CHNS 393 - Chinese Enrichment

    1.00-2.00 credit hours

    Individual projects related to other courses that support the development of proficiencies in Chinese.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHNS 293 - Chinese Enrichment

    CHNS 293 - Chinese Enrichment

    1.00-2.00 credit hours

    Individual projects related to other courses that support the development of proficiencies in Chinese. Taught in Chinese.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Internship
Practicum
  • CHNS 295 - Chinese Practicum

    CHNS 295 - Chinese Practicum

    1.00-4.00 credit hours

    Students assist faculty with pedagogical or other projects in Chinese. Activities vary according to the project needs and student background, but may include such work as the preparation of materials for language learning or assisting faculty through bibliographic research.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements
  • CHNS 480 - Capstone Portfolio

    CHNS 480 - Capstone Portfolio

    4.00 credit hours

    Preparation of a collection of documents including revised work from prior courses, and reflections on the student's growth as a Chinese major and intercultural questions. Additional assignments may be included but the portfolio must represent all five skills and include evidence of the student's extracurricular participation in the Chinese program. Required for the Chinese major. Taught in Chinese.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Four additional credits in CHNS at the 400-level

Semester Study Abroad

Complete a semester study abroad program in a Chinese-speaking environment or complete 12 credits from the following:

  • CHNS 105 - China Today

    CHNS 105 - China Today

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the profound socioeconomic transformation that China is currently undergoing and how these changes are impacting the Chinese people. It also explores China's role in international affairs, global economy and politics. In addition, a variety of topics regarding contemporary China such as technology, pop culture, social media and education are covered. Taught in English.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions, Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CHNS 205 - Understanding China

    CHNS 205 - Understanding China

    4.00 credit hours

    An Introduction to key concepts and frameworks integral to the analysis of Chinese culture and society. It highlights not only macro-level processes of social change and continuity but also the everyday experiences of individuals involved in these processes. Taught in English.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 260 - Chinese History

    HIST 260 - Chinese History

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of China's transformation from the "traditional" society of the dynastic period (c. 2000 BCE to 1911) into the "modern" nation that has emerged in the twenty-first century.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • RELG 260 - The Dao of Chinese Religion

    RELG 260 - The Dao of Chinese Religion

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the major religions of China with a particular focus on self-cultivation as the key to establishing social harmony (Confucianism), living in harmony with the forces of nature (Daoism), and harmonizing with the totality of space and time (Buddhism).

    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*CHNS May Term coursework may count toward the major as long as all course work is completed in Chinese

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Chinese Minor

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

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours in Chinese, including four credit hours at the 300-level or above and one of CHNS 105 - China Today or CHNS 205 - Understanding China.

CHNS 101 - Elementary Chinese I: Getting to Know Chinese People in Your Neighborhood

4.00 credit hoursIntroduction to modern Mandarin Chinese, starting with the sound system and then moving on to basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and an introduction to Chinese culture. Taught in Chinese.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Community Engaged Learning.

 

 

CHNS 102 - Elementary Chinese II: Going to the Great Wall of China

4.00 credit hoursContinued development of elementary Chinese skills, with speaking, reading, listening and writing proficiencies developed in a communicative context. Continued focus on authentic Chinese culture. Taught in Chinese.

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 101.

 

 

CHNS 105 - China Today

4.00 credit hoursAn introduction to the profound socioeconomic transformation that China is currently undergoing and how these changes are impacting the Chinese people. It also explores China’s role in international affairs, global economy and politics. In addition, a variety of topics regarding contemporary China such as technology, pop culture, social media and education are covered. Taught in English.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, Ethical Dimensions, Community Engaged Learning.

 

 

CHNS 201 - Intermediate Chinese I: Studying Abroad in China

4.00 credit hoursIntroduces the theme of “Working in China” to support the development of verbal communication skills, including the introduction of proverbs and idioms. Writing skills are emphasized and students are exposed to important cultural aspects of the Chinese language. Taught in Chinese.

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 102.
Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, Community Engaged Learning.
iCon(s): Experiencing Place.

 

 

CHNS 202 - Intermediate Chinese II: Working With China

4.00 credit hoursDevelops the theme of “Working with China” to support the development of verbal and written communication skills, with an increasing exploration of Chinese culture. Taught in Chinese.

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 201.

 

 

CHNS 205 - Understanding China

4.00 credit hoursAn Introduction to key concepts and frameworks integral to the analysis of Chinese culture and society. It highlights not only macro-level processes of social change and continuity but also the everyday experiences of individuals involved in these processes. Taught in English.

Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, Community Engaged Learning.

 

 

CHNS 293 - Chinese Enrichment

1.00-2.00 credit hoursIndividual projects related to other courses that support the development of proficiencies in Chinese. Taught in Chinese.

Prerequisite(s): Instructor consent.

 

 

CHNS 295 - Chinese Practicum

1.00-4.00 credit hoursStudents assist faculty with pedagogical or other projects in Chinese. Activities vary according to the project needs and student background, but may include such work as the preparation of materials for language learning or assisting faculty through bibliographic research.

Prerequisite(s): Instructor consent.

 

 

CHNS 297 - Internship

0.00-12.00 credit hours

 

 

 

CHNS 299 - Independent Study

1.00-12.00 credit hours

 

 

CHNS 310 - Exploring China Through Film

4.00 credit hoursExamines 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 developments taking place in contemporary Chinese cultures. Taught in Chinese. Repeatable with different content.

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 202.

 

 

CHNS 311 - Exploring China Through Popular Culture

4 credit hoursA survey of the significant cultural production in recent Chinese film, music, popular literature and other forms of mass media. Taught in Chinese. Repeatable with different content.

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 202.

 

 

CHNS 364 - Contemporary Chinese Identities I

2.00 credit hoursExamination of historical, ethnic and geographic factors that have contributed to the creation of Chinese identities, and their implications for today. Taught in English. Supports May Term travel/study course in China.

 

 

CHNS 393 - Chinese Enrichment

1.00-2.00 credit hoursIndividual projects related to other courses that support the development of proficiencies in Chinese.

Prerequisite(s): Instructor consent.

 

 

CHNS 397 - Internship

0.00-12.00 credit hours

 

 

CHNS 399 - Independent Study

1.00-12.00 credit hours

 

 

CHNS 410 - Communication and Composition

4.00 credit hoursFocuses on the continued development and expansion of vocabulary, oral proficiency and writing skills. Students read, discuss and summarize texts. Taught in Chinese.

Prerequisite(s): One 300-level course in Chinese.

 

 

CHNS 411 - Chinese for Professional Settings

4.00 credit hoursDevelopment of linguistic and cultural skills related to the professional use of Chinese, focusing on the forms of interaction required for successful business communication. Taught in Chinese.

Prerequisite(s): One 300-level course in Chinese.

 

 

CHNS 480 - Capstone Portfolio

4.00 credit hoursPreparation of a collection of documents including revised work from prior courses, and reflections on the student’s growth as a Chinese major and intercultural questions. Additional assignments may be included but the portfolio must represent all five skills and include evidence of the student’s extracurricular participation in the Chinese program. Required for the Chinese major. Taught in Chinese.

Prerequisite(s): Instructor consent.

 

 

CHNS 497 - Internship

0.00-12.00 credit hours

 

 

CHNS 499 - Independent Study

1.00-12.00 credit hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norval Bard

Professor of French; Chairperson of Modern and Classical Languages
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5125
Patricia Bayona

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5298
Michael de Brauw

Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages; Coordinator of Classical Studies
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5123
Alberto Fonseca

Associate Professor of Spanish
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5126
Maria Elena Garcia-Martin

Associate Professor of Spanish
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5287
Jelena Sanchez

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5275
Esra Tasdelen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Coordinator of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5108
Ivy Walters

Half-Time Assistant Professor of Spanish
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5277
Gregory H. Wolf

Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities; Professor of German
Modern & Classical Languages
+1 630 637 5284

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

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