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Courses & Curriculum

Language Skills & Cultural Competence

In the Chinese Flagship program, we aim to build your Portfolio of Skills. In addition to helping you develop your Chinese language skills and cultural competence, we work closely with your major advisor to ensure that you will complete both your major study and the Chinese Flagship in a timely way.

Superior (ILR3) Level of Mandarin Chinese

After you have reached an advanced level of Chinese, we send you to one of the Overseas Chinese Flagship Centers in China to finish your Capstone Year of study. By the end of your Capstone Year, you will have developed Superior (ILR3 level) language skills in Mandarin Chinese and built a strong professional portfolio.

Plan Your Curriculum

Below you can view the year-by-year CFS curriculum. Please note that this is just a general plan. All the listed courses are required for completing the program, but not necessarily in this exact order. If you pursue Chinese study before entering your first year, you may be eligible to register in advanced Chinese classes. Depending on your situation, you can finish the program in a four-year plan.

General Chinese Flagship Curriculum:

Year 1: Pre-Flagship Year

  • Beginning Modern Chinese I (CHN 1011)
  • Beginning Modern Chinese II (CHN 1012)
  • Accelerated Beginning Modern Chinese (CHN 1015) - taken in fall semester
  • Accelerated Intermediate Modern Chinese (CHN 3016) - taken in spring semester

Year 2: Apply to Flagship Year

  • Intermediate Modern Chinese I (CHN 3021)
  • Intermediate Modern Chinese II (CHN 3022)
Year 2 Summer: Study Abroad

Years 3-4: Flagship Years

(These courses do not need to be taken in this order.)

  • Fourth-level Chinese I (CHN 4041)
  • Fourth-level Chinese II (CHN 4042)
  • Flagship Chinese for Academic Purposes (CHN 3920, fall semester)
  • Flagship Chinese for Professional Purposes (CHN 3920, spring semester)
  • Media Chinese (CHN 5041)
  • Contemporary Chinese Texts 1949-present (CHN 5042)
  • One course in Classical Chinese: CHN 5211, 5212, or 5213
  • Choose two culture courses: ALL 3336, 3337, 3351, 3356W, 3357, 3362, 3363, 3373, 3377, 5351, 5359, 5374, 3920 (China focus)

Years 3-4 Summers: Options to Study Abroad

Year 5: Capstone Year