Coursework in Chinese emphasizes language study as a gateway to understanding another culture, the world, and our place in it. The Asian Studies Program offers elementary language instruction in Chinese, with an emphasis on the development of language skills: listening, comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Essentials of grammar are complemented by readings in literature and culture, with extensive practice in speaking. For a more intensive experience, the College also cooperates with the Beijing Institute of Asian Studies at Peking University.
As a student in the Chinese program at Knox, you will have the benefit of small classes, courses that include research opportunities, and access to numerous off-campus programs. Knox offers courses in Chinese conversation and composition through the intermediate level, with the opportunity to minor in Chinese. Chinese courses are also integral to the Asian Studies major.
The minor in Chinese focuses on Chinese literature, history, society, and religion. Requirements for the minor include advanced courses, such as:
- Women and Modern Chinese Literature
- Orientalism and Occidentalism in Chinese Literature
- Chinese Film
- Advanced Courses in Chinese Language
- Modern China
- Culture and Diplomacy of Modern East Asian
- East Asian Philosophy
- Globalization and Modern East Asia
- Chinese Economy
- Independent Study Courses in the Areas of Faculty Expertise
The minor is designed to allow for substitutions with courses completed while studying abroad.