Courses and Requirements
The East Asian Languages and Literatures Department offers courses in the Chinese and Japanese languages, literatures and cultures, a Chinese concentration, a Chinese minor, a Japanese minor and a study abroad program, Associated Colleges in China (ACC). Courses offered focus on language acquisition and introduction to the cultures and civilizations of both countries. As much as possible, the first-year courses are taught in the target languages, while the upper-level courses are conducted entirely in Chinese or Japanese. The Chinese concentration emphasizes work in the original language as key to understanding China and China-related issues aiming at and preparing students for further studies in graduate schools and professional careers in international trade, government service, diplomacy, private business, journalism and other related fields.
The goal of the Chinese Program, which, along with Japanese is part of Hamilton's East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, is to introduce students to the region's changing identity while emphasizing language proficiency.
A concentration in Chinese consists of nine courses numbered 140 or higher, including 150, 220, a 400-level course, which should be taken before the senior year (an ACC 400 level course counts), and a course at or above the 430 level taken in each semester of the senior year, and the required senior project (550). A course concentrating on China's civilization or cultural offered by another department may satisfy the 150 requirement. Consult the Chinese Program. A minor in Chinese requires five courses numbered 140 or higher, including 150, 220 and a 400-level course.
(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)