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Chinese Studies (Minor)

About one-fifth of the world's population, or over one billion people, speaks some variety of Chinese, making it the most commonly spoken first language in the world. As one of largest trading partners of the United States, China is becoming the second largest economy in the world. Whether you are studying Chinese to fulfill your foreign language requirement, as preparation for study abroad in China, for a minor in Chinese Studies, or for your future career, this program offers you both curricular and extracurricular means to meet your goals.

Chinese Studies (Minor)


Description


What is Chinese Studies at ODU like?

About one-fifth of the world's population, or over one billion people, speaks some variety of Chinese, making it the most commonly spoken first language in the world. As one of largest trading partners of the United States, China is becoming the second largest economy in the world. Whether you are studying Chinese to fulfill your foreign language requirement, as preparation for study abroad in China, for a minor in Chinese Studies, or for your future career, this program offers you both curricular and extracurricular means to meet your goals.

Program Highlights


What makes Chinese Studies at ODU unique?

  • Student-centered, interactive and informative classes, with key language points taught through multimedia and drills practiced in class

  • Students learn the Chinese language and experience the Chinese culture through their presentations, movies, student-developed games, and three cultural contests of Karaoke in Chinese, Chinese Calligraphy, and Chinese Cuisine

  • After class, students can join ODU’s Chinese Culture and Language Club and are partnered with native speakers to practice their language skills and to understand Chinese culture

  • All classes and extracurricular activities provide students with an encouraging learning environment to build a collaborative learning community

  • Students have access to the Language Learning Center as a resource

Courses


What are some courses offered in Chinese Studies at ODU?

CHIN 111F:
Beginning Chinese


This course focuses on the fundamental elements of the Chinese language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on building a foundation of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The course includes Chinese Pinyin phonetic system, character formation, basic sentence structures, and Chinese culture and cultural activities. Students are expected to comprehend and respond to essential topics in Chinese and demonstrate their cultural awareness.

CHIN 311:
Advanced Chinese Language and Culture I


This course takes students to an advanced level of communicative competence and language social interaction. The course includes more complex sentence patterns and Chinese cultural activities. Students learn to respond to topics of interest to college-age students, such as campus life, career planning, and Chinese cultural traditions. Students are exposed to the speech of native speakers in real cultural situations and develop sensitivity to communicative strategies and cultural competency. Prerequisites: CHIN 212.

CHIN 212:
Intermediate Chinese


This course continues to focus on the fundamental elements of the Chinese language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The course includes Chinese basic sentence patterns and real-life topics on Chinese cultural activities. Students are expected to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to spoken and simple written Chinese and demonstrate their cultural awareness. Prerequisites: CHIN 111F.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Chinese Studies at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Chinese Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • The Chinese Studies minor consists of 12 credit hours of 300- and 400- level courses that combine the study of language and culture. 

  • For completion of a minor, a student must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses specified as a requirement for the minor exclusive of lower-level courses and prerequisite courses and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Program Director


Name:

Zhongtang Ren Ph.D.


Location:

4001 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5242


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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