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Department of

Languages and Literatures

Chinese Courses

Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Chinese class at USD or elsewhere.

Lower Division Courses
101 First Semester Chinese 201 Third Semester Chinese
102 Second Semester Chinese 202 Fourth Semester Chinese
194 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 293 Tutoring or Field Experience in Chinese
  294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
Upper Division Courses
394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 493 Tutoring or Field Experience in Chinese
499 Independent Study

Lower-Division Courses (CHIN)

101 First Semester Chinese (3)

An introduction to the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: Placement exam or waiver of placement. Every semester.

102 Second Semester Chinese (3)

Continuation of the skills developed in CHIN 101. Increased practice in reading and writing. Acquisition of new vocabulary consolidated through conversation stressing the relationship between language and culture. Prerequisite: CHIN 101 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every semester (when minimum enrollment is met). Every semester.

194 topics in language, literature, or culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. Prerequisites: None.

201 Third Semester Chinese (3)

Further development of language competence. Practice in oral and written Chinese at the intermediate level, with an emphasis on reading and basic composition. Continued acquisition of new vocabulary consolidated through conversation stressing the relationship between language and culture. This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement. Prerequisite: CHIN 102 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every semester (when minimum enrollment is met). Every semester.

202 Fourth Semester Chinese (3)

Further development of language competence. Practice in oral and written Chinese at the intermediate level, with an emphasis on reading and basic composition. Continued acquisition of new vocabulary consolidated through conversation stressing the relationship between language and culture. Prerequisite: Chinese 201 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every semester.

293 Tutoring or Field Experience in Chinese (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor or the language coordinator.

294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. If taught in English, this course may not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on MySanDiego portal. Consult with the instructor or the department chair. Prerequisite:  CHIN 202 or approval of the instructor.

Upper-Division Chinese (CHIN)

394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture.  This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course may not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with the instructor or the department chair. Prerequisite: CHIN 202 or approval of the instructor.

493 Tutoring or Field Experience in Chinese (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor or the language coordinator.

499 Independent Study (1-3)

A program arranged between the advanced student and the instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. Extensive reading and consultation are required, as well as preparation of reports to be assigned by the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor and the department chair.