Chinese Major

Guidelines for Chinese Special Major Proposal        66 credits

Chinese is not a regular major at Carleton, it is available only as a Special Major, through a petition to the Academic Standing Committee.  The petition form is available from the Academic Standing Committee website: http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/dos/asc/petitions/

The student must consult with faculty advisers to plan an individually-tailored program. It would be good to have a possible comps topic in mind from the beginning, and plan courses that will provide the necessary background to complete the comps project. In most cases, equivalent off-campus study courses can substitute for Carleton courses.  Normally a major is required to have off-campus study experience in a Chinese-speaking country.

There are two possible tracks-- Language and Literature, and Language and Linguistics.

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE TRACK:

Prerequisites Students must have completed Chinese 205 or its equivalent.
30 credits Language Courses Students must take Chinese 206 and at least four 300-level Chinese language courses.
6 credits Methodology course
Literary Studies 245 Introduction to Critical Methods
12 credits Content courses in English
Two Chinese literature/film courses taught in English
12 credits Cognate courses
Civilization course Chinese 282, History 152, History 153, or equivalent
Second cognate Another course on Chinese society or culture, related to comps
6 credits Comps
-Normally a thesis written on a Chinese text or texts (translation, literary analysis etc.-- must be read in the original language), written in English and presented in a public talk.
-Language proficiency (Oral presentation of comps in Chinese)
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66 credits

LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS TRACK

Prerequisites Students must have completed Chinese 205 or its equivalent.
30 credits Language Courses Students must take Chinese 206 and at least four 300-level Chinese language courses.
12 credits Methodology courses
Two Linguistics Department classes, at least one or above the 200 level, not including LING 100 A&I seminar
12 credits Content courses in English
Choose two:
Asian Languages 111 Writing Systems
Asian Languages 260 Historical Linguistics
Chinese 248  Structure of Chinese
6 credits Cognate course

Civilization course: Chinese 282, History 152, History 153,or equivalent
6 credits Comps
-Normally a thesis written on a Chinese text or corpus of Chinese data, written in English and presented in a public talk.
-Language proficiency (Oral presentation of comps in Chinese)
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66 credits

Suggested Comps Timeline

Proposal (topic, why?, method, preparedness, feasibility, advisor) Mid-Fall
Revised Proposal End Fall
Draft 3rd Week Winter
Complete 2nd Draft 8th Week Winter
Finished 2nd Week Spring