Core courses: Students choosing a Plan B major in language and culture studies may elect Chinese as the primary or secondary language.

Students who choose Chinese as the primary language are required to take seven courses beyond the 101 level. These seven courses must include at least one course from offerings in Chinese literature and culture (INTS/CHIN 237), and CHIN 401/INTS 395. Two courses in a cognate field or fields are also required as is a paper linking some aspect(s) of the two languages and the cognates; this paper must be completed in CHIN 401/INTS 395.

Students who choose Chinese as the secondary language are required to take five courses beyond the 101 level including at least one course from offerings in Chinese literature and culture (INTS/CHIN 237).

Capstone/senior project: Students are also required to complete a project synthesizing aspects of courses taken for the major and its cognates. Except under exceptional circumstances, this project will be undertaken in the language section’s 401; it must be done at Trinity College.

The Writing Intensive Part II requirement in this major is fulfilled by one of the following courses: CHIN 401/INTS 395 or INTS/CHIN 237.


Honors: Departmental honors are awarded to seniors who have maintained an A- average in all courses to be counted toward their major (including cognate courses). A minimum grade of A- is furthermore required in the senior exercise (401).

The minor in Chinese—students who do not wish to major in Chinese Plan B can minor in Chinese. Students minoring in Chinese take five courses beyond CHIN 101. One of the five courses must be INTS/CHIN 237. The other four courses should be chosen from CHIN 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 413, 415, 421, and 422. The minor will include an additional half credit of academic work to be fulfilled in one of the following three ways:

  • a .5-credit Language Across the Curriculum unit (Please see the description of Language Across the Curriculum at the head of this department’s listings). A course taken abroad may count as a Language Across the Curriculum unit with the adviser’s approval.
  • a one-semester teaching assistantship (via enrollment in CHIN 466 for a half credit)
  • a .5-credit integrating paper (via enrollment in CHIN 399 for a half credit)

No more than one transfer credit may be applied to the minor in Chinese. In order to successfully complete the minor, students must achieve a grade of B or above in the highest level language course or pass the proficiency test administered by the language concentration coordinator.

To declare a minor in Chinese, contact Professor Shen. Students interested in cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of Asian cultures are referred to the Asian studies interdisciplinary minor.