Courses

Language Courses

The list below are Chinese language acquisition courses offered at UC San Diego by the Chinese Studies Program. All students must take a Chinese Language Placement Test and approved by an instructor prior to enrolling in any CHIN course. CHIN courses are designed to for students to learn how to speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese. If Chinese is a student's first language he or she will not benefit from the Chinese courses offered by the Chinese language program. 

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Note:

  • Not every course is available each quarter or every year.  For the posted updated list of approved courses in the current or upcoming quarter click here. For official course descriptions, go to UCSD General Catalog.  For a syllabus,  contact the instructor of each specific course.
  • Transfer & Study Abroad students will need to submit student petition(s) when appropriate.
  • Students ARE NOT permitted to take more than one CHIN LANGUAGE course per quarter.  

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Lower Division: First Yr. CHIN Courses | Second Yr. CHIN Courses
Upper Division: Third Yr. CHIN Courses | Fourth Yr. or beyond CHIN Courses


LD First Year Courses

Fall Quarter

  • CHIN 10AN. First Year Chinese—Non-native speakers I (5)
    Introductory course of basic Chinese for students with no background in Chinese. First quarter of a one-year curriculum for entry-level Chinese in communicative skills. Covers pronunciation, fundamentals of Chinese grammar, and vocabulary. Topics include greetings, family affairs, numbers, and daily exchanges. Students may not receive duplicate credit for CHIN 11 and CHIN 10AN.  Prerequisites: Department Approval.

  • CHIN 10AM. First Year Chinese—Mandarin speakers I (5)
    Introductory course of basic Chinese for students with background in Mandarin Chinese. First quarter of one-year curriculum for entry-level Chinese in communicative skills. Covers pronunciation, fundamentals of Chinese grammar, and vocabulary. Topics include greetings, family affairs, numbers, and daily exchanges. Students may not receive duplicate credit for CHIN 11 and CHIN 10AM.  Prerequisites: Department Approval.

  • CHIN 10AD. First Year Chinese—Dialect speakers I (5)
    Introductory course of basic Chinese for students with background in a dialect of Chinese. First quarter of one-year curriculum for entry-level Chinese in communicative skills. Covers pronunciation, fundamentals of Chinese grammar, and vocabulary. Topics include greetings, family affairs, numbers, and daily exchanges. Students may not receive duplicate credit for CHIN 11 and CHIN 10AD.  Prerequisites: Department Approval.

Winter Quarter

  • CHIN 10BN. First Year Chinese—Non-native speakers II (5)
    Continuation of basic Chinese for students with no background in Chinese. Second course of one-year curriculum for entry-level Chinese communicative skills. Covers pronunciation, more elaborate grammar, and vocabulary. Focus on goal-oriented tasks: school life, shopping, and transportation. Students may not receive duplicate credit for CHIN 12 and CHIN 10BN.  Prerequisites: CHIN 11, CHIN 10AN, or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 10BM. First Year Chinese—Mandarin speakers II (5)
    Continuation introduction of basic Chinese for students with background in Mandarin Chinese. Second course of one-year curriculum for entry-level Chinese communicative skills. Covers pronunciation, more elaborate Chinese grammar, and expanded vocabulary. Focus on goal-oriented tasks such as school life, shopping, and transportation. Students may not receive duplicate credit for CHIN 12 and CHIN 10BM.  Prerequisites: CHIN 11, CHIN 10AM, or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 10BD. First Year Chinese—Dialect speakers II (5)
    Continuation introduction of basic Chinese for students with background in a dialect of Chinese. Second course of one-year curriculum for entry-level Chinese communicative skills. Covers pronunciation, more elaborate Chinese grammar, and expanded vocabulary. Focus on goal-oriented tasks such as school life, shopping, and transportation. Students may not receive duplicate credit for CHIN 12 and CHIN 10BD.  Prerequisites: CHIN 11, CHIN 10AM, or Department Approval.
Spring Quarter

  • CHIN 10CN. First Year Chinese—Non-native speakers III (5)
    Continuation course of basic Chinese for students with no background in Chinese. Third course of one-year curriculum for entry-level Chinese communicative skills. Expansion on pronunciation and more elaborate Chinese grammar and increasing vocabulary. Topics include dining, direction, and social life. Students may not receive duplicate credit for CHIN 13 and CHIN 10CN.  Prerequisites: CHIN 12, CHIN 10BN, or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 10CM. First Year Chinese—Mandarin speakers III (5)
    Further continuation course of basic Chinese for students with background in Mandarin Chinese. Third course of one-year curriculum for entry-level Chinese communicative skills. Expansion on pronunciation and more elaborate Chinese grammar and increasing vocabulary. Topics include dining, direction, and social life. Students may not receive duplicate credit for CHIN 13 and CHIN 10CM.  Prerequisites: CHIN 12, CHIN 10BM, or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 10CD. First Year Chinese—Dialect speakers III (5)
    Further continuation course of basic Chinese for students with background in a dialect of Chinese. Third course of one-year curriculum for entry-level Chinese communicative skills. Expansion on pronunciation and more elaborate Chinese grammar and increasing vocabulary. Topics include dining, direction, and social life. Students may not receive duplicate credit for CHIN 13 and CHIN 10CD.  Prerequisites: CHIN 12, CHIN 10BD, or Department Approval.

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LD Second Year Courses

Fall Quarter

  • CHIN 20AN. Second Year Chinese—Non-native speakers I (4)
    Second year of basic Chinese for students with no background. First course of second year of a one-year curriculum for Chinese in intermediate communicative skills. Covers sentence structure, idiomatic expression, development of listening, speaking, reading, and written competence in Chinese. Topics include sports, travel, and special events. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 21 and CHIN 20AN.  Prerequisites: CHIN 13, CHIN 10CN, score of 3 on AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam, or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 20AM. Second Year Chinese—Mandarin speakers I (4)
    Second year of basic Chinese for students with background in Mandarin. First course of second year of one-year curriculum for Chinese in intermediate communicative skills. Covers sentence structure and idiomatic expression, development of listening, speaking, reading, and written competence. Topics include sports, travel, and special events. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 21 and CHIN 20AM.  Prerequisites: CHIN 13, CHIN 10CM, score of 3 on AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam, or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 20AD. Second Year Chinese—Dialect speakers I (4)
    Second year of basic Chinese for students with background in a dialect of Chinese. First course of second year of one-year curriculum for Chinese in intermediate communicative skills. Covers sentence structure and idiomatic expression, development of listening, speaking, reading, and written competence in Chinese. Topics include sports, travel, and special events. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 21 and CHIN 20AD.  Prerequisites: CHIN 13, CHIN 10CD, score of 3 on AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam, or Department Approval.
Winter Quarter

  • CHIN 20BN. Second Year Chinese—Non-native speakers II (4)
    Continuation of second year of basic Chinese for students with no background. Second course of one-year curriculum for Chinese intermediate communicative skills. Covers sentence structure and idiomatic expressions, development of listening, speaking, reading and written competence in Chinese. Topics focus on China, population and other nationalities. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 22 and CHIN 20BN.  Prerequisites: CHIN 21, CHIN 20AN, score of 4 on AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 20BM. Second Year Chinese—Mandarin speakers II (4)
    Continuation of second year of basic Chinese for students with background in Mandarin. Second course of one-year curriculum for Chinese intermediate communicative skills. Covers sentence structure and idiomatic expressions, development of listening, speaking, reading, and written competence. Topics focus on China, population, and other nationalities. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 22 and CHIN 20BM.  Prerequisites: CHIN 21, CHIN 20AM, score of 4 on AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam, or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 20BD. Second Year Chinese—Dialect speakers II (4)
    Continuation of second year of basic Chinese for students with background in a dialect of Chinese. Second course of one-year curriculum for Chinese intermediate communicative skills. Covers sentence structure and idiomatic expressions, development of listening, speaking, reading, and written competence in Chinese. Topics focus on China, population, and other nationalities. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 22 and CHIN 20BD.  Prerequisites: CHIN 21, CHIN 20AD, score of 4 on AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam, or Department Approval.
Spring Quarter

  • CHIN 20CN. Second Year Chinese—Non-native speakers III (4)
    Final course of second year Chinese for students with no background. Third course of a one-year curriculum for Chinese intermediate communicative skills. Expansion on pronunciation and more elaborate Chinese grammar and increasing vocabulary. Topics include food, physical actions, and culture. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 23 and CHIN 20CN.
    Prerequisites: CHIN 22, CHIN 20BN, score of 5 on AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam, or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 20CM. Second Year Chinese—Mandarin speakers III (4)
    Final course of second year Chinese for students with background in Mandarin. Third course of one-year curriculum for Chinese intermediate communicative skills. Expansion on pronunciation and Chinese grammar and increasing vocabulary. Topics include food, physical actions, and culture. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 23 and CHIN 20CM.
    Prerequisites: CHIN 22, CHIN 20BM, score of 5 on AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam, or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 20CD. Second Year Chinese—Dialect speakers III (4)
    Final course of second year Chinese for students with background in a dialect of Chinese. Third course of one-year curriculum for Chinese intermediate communicative skills. Expansion on pronunciation and more elaborate Chinese grammar and increasing vocabulary. Topics include food, physical actions, and culture. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 23 and CHIN 20CD.
    Prerequisites: CHIN 22, CHIN 20BD, score of 5 on AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam, or Department Approval.

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UD Third Year Chinese Courses

Fall Quarter

  • CHIN 100AN. Third Year Chinese—Non-native speakers I (4 units)
    Intermediate course of Chinese for students with no background. First course of third year of one-year curriculum that focuses on listening, reading, and speaking. Emphasizing the development of advanced oral, written competence, and aural skills in Mandarin. Topics include education, literature, history of Chinese language and society. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 111 and CHIN 100AN. Prerequisites: Completion of CHIN 20CN or equivelent and/or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 100AM. Third Year Chinese—Mandarin speakers I (4 units)
    Intermediate course of Chinese for students with background in Mandarin and other dialects. First course of third year of one-year curriculum that focuses on listening, reading, and speaking. Topics include education, literature, history of Chinese language and society. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 111 and CHIN 100AM. Prerequisites: Completion of CHIN 20CD/CHIN 20CM or equivelent and/or Department Approval.
Winter Quarter

  • CHIN 100BN. Third Year Chinese—Non-native speakers II (4)
    Intermediate course of Chinese for students with no background. Second course of third year of Chinese that emphasizes the development of advanced oral, written competence and aural skills in Mandarin. Topics include various cultural aspects of the Chinese language, additional family issues and society. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 112 and CHIN 100BN. Prerequisites: Completion of CHIN 100AN or equivelent and/or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 100BM. Third Year Chinese—Mandarin speakers II (4)
    Intermediate course of Chinese for students with background in Mandarin and other dialects. Second course of third year of Chinese that emphasizes the development of advanced oral, written competence, and aural skills in Mandarin. Topics include cultural aspects of the Chinese language, additional family issues and society. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 112 and CHIN 100BM. Prerequisites: Completion of CHIN 100AM or equivelent and/or Department Approval.
Spring Quarter

  • CHIN 100CN. Third Year Chinese—Non-native speakers III (4)
    Intermediate course of Chinese for students with no background. Third course of third year of one-year curriculum in Chinese language acquisition. Continue to develop proficiency at intermediate level. Improves students’ Chinese language skills and knowledge of the culture with an emphasis of reading and writing. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 113 and CHIN 100CN. Prerequisites: Completion of CHIN 100BN or equivelent and/or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 100CM. Third Year Chinese—Mandarin speakers III (4)
    Intermediate course of Chinese for students with background in Mandarin and other dialects. Third course of third year of one-year curriculum in Chinese language acquisition. Continue to develop proficiency at intermediate level. Improves students’ Chinese language skills and knowledge of the culture with an emphasis of reading and writing. Topics include economic development in China. Students may not receive duplicate credit for both CHIN 113 and CHIN 100CM. Prerequisites: Completion of CHIN 100BM or equivelent and/or Department Approval.

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UD Chinese Courses (beyond 3rd year)

  • CHIN 160/260 Late Imperial and 20th Century Chinese Historical Texts (4 units)
    This course introduces the primary sources used by historians of late Imperial and twentieth-century Chinese history. Reading material includes diaries, newspaper articles, Qing documents, gazetteers, essays, speeches, popular fiction, journal articles, scholarly prose, and field surveys. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grades only.)  Prerequisites: advanced knowledge of Chinese language and consent of instructor.

  • CHIN 165A Business Chinese (4 units)
    Basic training in oral and written communication skills for business, including introduction to modern business terminology and social conventions. Prerequisites: Department Approval and students are required to interview in person with Dr. Jane Kuo and receive approval prior to enrolling. A student interested in this course must have completed three years of Mandarin or have equivalent knowledge.

  • CHIN 165B Business Chinese (4 units)
    Continuation of CHIN 165A. Basic training in oral and written communication skills for business, including introduction to modern business terminology and social conventions. Prerequisites: CHIN 165A or Instructor AND Department Approval.

  • CHIN 165C Business Chinese (4 units)
    Continuation of CHIN 165B. Basic training in oral and written communication skills for business, including introduction to modern business terminology and social conventions. Prerequisites: CHIN 165B or Instructor AND Department Approval.

  • CHIN 182A Intermediate Classical Chinese (4 units)
    An introduction to classical Chinese for students with advanced Chinese background. Basic structures and function words are taught through fables of the pre-Qing period. Prerequisites: Department Approval: Students are encouraged to interview with Chen Laoshi and receive approval prior to enrolling. 

  • CHIN 182B Intermediate Classical Chinese (4 units)
    Continuation of CHIN 182A. Selections from Kongzi, Mengzi, and other philosophers’ work will be taught. Focus is on structures, function words, and overall comprehension of a text. Prerequisites: CHIN 182A or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 182C Intermediate Classical Chinese (4 units)
    Continuation of CHIN 182B. Selections from later periods like Shiji and poetry will be introduced. Upon completion of this yearlong curriculum, students should be able to read classical Chinese texts on their own with the help of a dictionary. Prerequisites: CHIN 182B or Department Approval.

  • CHIN 186 A-B-C Readings in Chinese Economics, Politics, & Trade (4 units/course)
    Introduction to the specialized vocabulary and verbal forms relating to Chinese politics, trade, development and society. Designed for students in the social sciences or with career interests in international trade, the course will stress rapid vocabulary development, reading and translating.  Prerequisites: Department Approval: Students are encouraged to interview with Cha laoshi and receive approval prior to enrolling.

  • CHIN 196 (HONORS) Directed Thesis Research (4 units)
    Bachelor’s thesis, under the direction of a faculty member in Chinese studies. Prerequisites: consent of instructor. (F,W,S)  Course MUST be taken in two consecutive quarter and designed for Chinese Studies majors participating in the honors program.  Requires pre-authorization from instructor & the Director. Other restrictions may apply.

  • CHIN 198 Directed Group Study in Chinese Studies (2 or 4 units)
    Study of specific aspects in Chinese civilization not covered in regular course work, under the direction of faculty members in Chinese studies. (P/NP grades only.)  Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

  • CHIN 199 Independent Study in Chinese Studies (2 or 4 units)
    The student will undertake a program of research or advanced reading in selected areas in Chinese studies under the supervision of a faculty member of the Program in Chinese Studies. (P/NP grades only.)  Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
  • CHIN 121-122-123 Fourth Year Chinese (4 units per course)
    course description not yet available

  • CHIN 170 History of Science in China (4 units)
    course description not yet available

  • CHIN 181 A-B-C Introduction to Classical Chinese (4 units per course)
    course description not yet available

  • CHIN 185 A-B-C Readings in Chinese Culture and Society (4 units per course)
    course description not yet available

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