Professors: Chu (Chair), Hong
The Chinese Department provides students with an exposure to the language, literature, and culture of China. Seven levels of Chinese language courses, with a balanced emphasis on listening, reading, writing, and speaking, set a good foundation. Students may study abroad in China or take part in other forms of advanced study to master the language used by one-quarter of the world's population. Literature (in English translation) and culture courses acquaint students with the Chinese literary works and their social/political/cultural texts and contexts, facilitate their enjoyment of literature in general, and enhance their capability to understand the meaning of Chinese literary and cultural expressions, and traditional and contemporary Chinese society.