The Department offers a varied program in the language and culture of China. In addition to five levels of Chinese (Mandarin) language, two semesters of Classical Chinese, and the possibility of a combined BA/BS degree with the Chinese Flagship MA program, faculty teach a range of courses from introductions to Chinese culture, literature in translation, and linguistics to film and media.
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) at The Ohio State University offers a varied program in Chinese (Mandarin) language. Under the directorship of Professor Galal Walker, DEALL's Chinese Language Program is nationally recognized for the quality of its language instruction. Information on scholarships and financial aid is available from our university's East Asian Studies Center.
The Chinese Language Program includes 5 levels of instruction in as many as 3 formats: Individualized Instruction, Intensive classroom, and Regular classroom (five hours per week). In addition to the information below on our program, see also the Aims, Procedures, and Policy concerning Chinese Language Study at DEALL. For more detailed information on our Chinese language courses and on the Chinese Individualized Instruction program -- and our Summer Programs East Asian Concentration (SPEAC) -- see the home page for Chinese language courses that are offered during the current academic year, with links to course pages where applicable. If you have any questions regarding Chinese language courses, please contact Mr. Knicely via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the objectives, procedures, and grading of the Chinese language program, go to the Chinese Language at OSU: Means and Objectives page.
First Level (C1101-1102 [4 cr each]: Individualized, Distance, Intensive, Regular). You are introduced to basic conversational Mandarin. By the end of the level you will be able to converse on personal matters and will be familiar with the foundations of the Chinese writing system.
Second Level (AU C1103 [4 cr]: Regular, Individualized; 2102 [5 cr]: Regular). You continue to develop skills in conversational and written Mandarin, to practice giving oral presentations and write compositions, and to discuss and narrate Chinese films.
Third Level (AU C4101, SP 4102 [5 cr ea]: Regular). You further develop proficiency in all skill areas, produce more sophisticated oral presentations and written compositions, read increasingly formal texts, and discuss and narrate Chinese films.
Spoken track (AU 2141 [4 cr], SP 4142 [5 cr]: Intensive; Summer). You continue to develop conversational skills through textbook dialogues and films. You will learn to engage in extended conversations and narrations of events, and to make presentations in Chinese on assigned topics.
Written track (AU 2151 [4 cr], SP 4152 [5 cr]: Intensive; Individualized). Starting from the ability to read and write what you can speak and comprehend, you will steadily develop the capacity to read from Chinese publications and to compose descriptive narrations, as well as personal and professional communications.
Fourth Level (C5101-5102 [3 cr ea]: Individualized, Intensive Study Abroad). You move away from language textbooks into original Chinese texts, films, and TV shows. Emphasis is placed on developing a high level of reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension, and on greater sophistication in utilizing appropriate discourse strategies.
Fifth Level (C5103-5104 [3 cr ea]: Regular). Focuses on the novel Chun Cao by Qiu Shanshan. You use all four skills while engaging with a complete piece of Chinese narrative.
Classical Chinese (C5111-5112 [3 cr ea]: Regular). DEALL offers one year of classical Chinese. You learn to read passages from Confucian texts, prose essays, and classical poetry.
In the summer, intensive first level courses are offered in Columbus and fourth-level courses in China. Second level and third level can be covered in AU-SP semesters in Columbus. Thus, you can complete four levels of instruction (32 credits) in as few as 15 months.
You can pursue the study of Chinese on a self-paced, one-to-one teacher/student basis in individualized instruction 1101.51-1103.51 and 2151.51-4152.51, and 5101.51-5102.51. Students who already speak Mandarin and who wish to learn to read and write it are accommodated in a special track in individualized instruction. We frequently offer some evening and/or weekend appointments for persons with full-time jobs or other time conflicts which prevent them from taking Chinese in the classroom. For students already enrolled in II and wishing to change the number of credits they are signed for, here's a link to the Credit Hour Adjustment form [pdf].
Flagship MA Program
The Flagship program at OSU leads to an MA in advanced Chinese language and culture. This advanced-level instruction is available to qualified undergraduates as a combined BA/BS plus MA degree program. It is designed to train participants to function professionally in Chinese cultural contexts. During the first year of enrollment students take a series of courses at OSU (C7615, 6194/7617, 7650, 7655, 7660, 7670, 7671, 7672). These are three-credit content courses on various topics taught in Chinese. Qualified undergraduate and graduate students not officially enrolled in the Flagship program may also take these courses separately. The second year is spent in China in further training and research in a specific domain of the student’s choosing. For more information on the Flagship program, contact Prof. Galal Walker at email@example.com.
DEALL offers various opportunities for summer or extended study and practice in the People’s Republic of China, including post-first-level instruction, fourth-level courses, and internships in Chinese businesses and agencies. Please contact the Department for further information.
"Upon starting my first quarter in Chinese, I immediately realized the intensity of learning going on in this class. It's challenging but at the same time, the teachers don't let any of the students fall behind. They give no choice to students but to learn what's going on, and nothing is ever overlooked. One of the best aspects of these classes is that they are held every day, and consist of only about an average of twelve students. . . I really feel like I'm making great leaps in this language that previously, I had no experience with."
"Overall, I am impressed with the way this university chooses to teach this language. . . I am excited to continue learning Chinese at Ohio State until I graduate. . ."
"I've found all the Chinese courses I've taken so far to be fun, interesting, and fulfilling."
B.A. Degree in Chinese
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers an undergraduate major in Chinese. The major program includes studies in language, literature and linguistics. Any given course can count only toward the fulfillment of one category requirement, even if the course appears as an option in more than one category.
Prerequisites: (15 credit hrs.)
1101 (4), 1102 (4), 1103/2141 (4), 2231/2232 (3)
Requirements: (33 credit hrs.)
A. LANGUAGE (18 credit hrs.)
2102/2151 (5), 4101/4142 (5), 4102/4152 (5), 5111 (3)
B. LITERATURE (6 credit hrs.)
2451, 4401, 4402, 4403, 4404, 4407, 5400, 5411, 5474,
*6451, *6452, *6453; EALL3457
C. ADVANCED STUDIES (2 courses for a minimum of 6 credit hrs.)
Choice of 4193, 4380, 4381, 4383, 4401, 4402, 4403, 4404, 4405,
4406, 4407, 4998, 4999, 5112, 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104,
5105, 5106, 5389, 5400, 5411, 5474, *6451, *6452,
*6453, *7615, *7617
D. EAST ASIAN ARTS, CULTURE, HISTORY, THOUGHT (3 credit hrs.)
2283, EALL3223, EALL3241, EALL3299, EALL3446, EALL3457, EALL4407, EALL 5310, EALL5383, EALL5475, EALL5477; HISTORY3401, HISTORY3402, HISTORY3403, HISTORY3404, HISTORY3405, HISTORY3410; HISTART4810, HISTART4815, HISTART5812, HISTART5815, HISTART5816
All course are Chinese unless otherwise marked.
* Graduate courses that are open to undergraduate majors with the permission of the instructor.
To declare a major, you should meet with Thomas Beyl (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Hagerty 355, and/or, download a Major Program Form [pdf], complete it electronically, and submit it to Thomas Beyl by email attachment. Be sure to save the form on to your desktop BEFORE you begin filling it in.
The minor in Chinese consists of 15 credit hours of prerequisites and 14 credit hours of required course work. The purpose of the prerequisites is to give students the linguistic and cultural foundations upon which to build an understanding of China. The courses beyond the prerequisites are intended to provide more substantial training in the Chinese language and further cultural understanding. Selections of courses are to be made with the advice and counsel of an adviser, and students should be aware that not all of the courses that are available for the minor are offered every year, so that early and careful planning is advised. No more than 6 of the credit hours required for the minor can be transfer credits.
Prerequistes: (15 credit hrs.)
1101 or equivalent (4), 1102 or equivalent (4), 1103/2141 or equivalent (4), 2231 or 2232
Requirements: (14 credit hrs.)
A. LANGUAGE: 2102/2151 (5 credit hrs.)
B. LITERATURE, LINGUISTICS (3 credit hrs): 2451, 4380, 4381, 4383, 4401, 4402, 4403,4404, 4407, 5105, 5106, 5389, 5400, 5411,5474
C. ELECTIVES (2 courses for a minimum of 6 credit hrs.): 2283, 4101, 4102, 4142, 4152, 4380, 4381, 4383, 4401, 4402, 4403, 4404, 4405, 4406, 4407, 5111, 5112, 5389, 5400, 5411, 5474; EALL5383; or other CH‐lang above Level Two.
NOTE: Students in this minor must have their program approved by the Undergraduate Director.
* Graduate courses that can be taken by undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.
To declare a minor, you should meet with Thomas Beyl (email@example.com) in Hagerty 355, and/or, download a Minor Program Form [pdf], complete it electronically, and submit it to Thomas Beyl by email attachment. Be sure to save the form on to your desktop BEFORE you begin filling it in.
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