Chinese

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Foreign Languages and Literatures

The Chinese specialization in foreign languages and literatures develops proficiency in the Chinese language and acquaints students with the literature and cultural history of China. Courses are also available for those interested in business Chinese, classical Chinese, film, and women's studies.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

Home to 15 different language programs, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) offers training in languages and cultures from all corners of the globe. From Swahili to Italian, Russian to Vietnamese, LLC gives students the opportunity to become cross-cultural experts in an ever-more internationalized world.
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 Curriculum

The B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of a specific language (or languages) and advanced familiarity with the cultural practices and traditions associated with the language(s) of specialization. The major in FLL enhances critical thinking and communication skills and provides students with a cross-cultural understanding of our contemporary world. The program allows students the flexibility to explore a single or dual language specialization as well as the opportunity to study culture through interdisciplinary fields of critical concentration, such as Comparative Cultural Studies, Film and Visual Culture, Intensive Area Studies, Literary Studies, and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. A major in FLL offers an excellent basis for a variety of careers, including graduate study in an area of foreign language and culture and/or in the humanities and social sciences, as well as careers in education, international development, diplomacy and government, national security, communications, law, journalism, arts and culture, publishing, and global business. Participation in UF study-abroad programs or a UF approved program is highly encouraged.

The Chinese specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major provides a foundation for graduate-level work in East Asian studies or allied fields (anthropology, art history, history, linguistics, political science and religion). The major is excellent general preparation for entry to professional schools (business, journalism, law and medicine) or careers in foreign service, commerce, diplomacy, translation, business, import and export of information and culture, museums, libraries, and tourism.

Coursework for the Major

The Chinese specialization of the Foreign Languages and Literatures major consists of preparatory language study at the lower division (1000 and 2000 level), and 33 hours of advanced language, theory, and culture study in the upper division (3000 level and above).

All coursework for the major must be completed with minimum grades of C.

Required Foundation Coursework
CHI 1130Beginning Chinese 15
CHI 1131Beginning Chinese 25
CHI 2230Intermediate Chinese 14-5
or CHI 2340 Chinese for Heritage Learners 1
CHI 2231Intermediate Chinese 24-5
or CHI 2341 Chinese for Heritage Learners 2
Required Core Coursework
Advanced Language and Culture
CHI 3410Advanced Chinese 13
CHI 3411Advanced Chinese 23
Advanced Elective Coursework
Select 18 credits with at least six credits of CHT courses:18
Chinese Calligraphy
Business Chinese
Fourth Year Chinese 1
Fourth Year Chinese 2
Structure of Chinese
Individual Study
Special Topics in Chinese Studies
Senior Thesis
Internship
Overseas Studies
Chinese Literary Heritage
Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation
Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation
Chinese Film and Media
Chinese Culture
Taoism and Chinese Culture
Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the New Global Cinema
Dream of the Red Chamber
Journey to the West
Classical Chinese 1
Classical Chinese 2
Readings in Chinese Literature
Newspaper Chinese
Critical Concentration
Select 9 credits from one concentration: 19
Intensive Area Studies 2
Comparative Cultural Studies
Film and Visual Culture
Literary Studies
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Total Credits51-53

Students must take the Chinese STAMP 4s Proficiency Test or the equivalent, with level 4 or above proficiency, during or immediately following the second semester of Advanced Chinese or other advanced level course.

Students also must achieve satisfactory faculty evaluation of a self-selected research term paper written for an upper-division course or senior thesis.

Overseas Study

UF in Chengdu at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics is a summer program that provides the equivalent of the UF courses Intermediate Chinese 1 and 2 (CHI 2230/2231) and Advanced Chinese 1 and 2 (CHI 3410/3411) through a 10-week summer session, and uses the same syllabus and required textbooks. Its transfer-credit program features courses in English, CHI 4930 Chinese Society and CHI 4956 Sichuan Culture, that also may apply toward the Chinese specialization.

Placement

Students with previous training in Chinese, as well as those with heritage background in the language, should consult the undergraduate coordinator or the language coordinator of the Chinese specialization before enrolling in any CHI or CHW course. Placement tests are given at the start of each semester; refer to the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures for location and times.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 2

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete CHI 1130 or higher level language course with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete CHI 1131 or higher level language course with a minimum grade of C and a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete CHI 2230 or higher level language course with a minimum grade of C and a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete CHI 2231 or a higher-level Chinese language course with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete 2 Advanced Elective courses with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete CHI 3410 or a higher-level Chinese language course with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete 2 Advanced Elective courses with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete 1 Critical Concentration course with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete CHI 3411 or a higher-level Chinese language course with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete 2 Advanced Elective courses with a minimum grade of C
  • Complete 2 Critical Concentration courses with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Actual courses may be different depending on language preparation and availability of courses. In particular, beginning language is best started semester 1 and no later than semester 3, but study abroad or accredited intensive summer courses can be used to catch up.

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S). Several courses in this major count for GE-H and N or GE-S and N requirements. 3000 level or above critical concentration courses outside of Chinese may count toward the 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
CHI 1130 Beginning Chinese 1 (Critical Tracking) 5
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits14
Semester Two
CHI 1131 Beginning Chinese 2 (Critical Tracking) 5
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Science Laboratory (Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences) 1
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3
 Credits15
Semester Three
CHI 2230 Intermediate Chinese 1 (Critical Tracking) 5
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences (area NOT taken in semester 1) 1 3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
 Credits17
Semester Four
CHI 2231 Intermediate Chinese 2 (Critical Tracking) 5
Advanced elective (3000 level or above; in the major) 3
Elective (3000 level or above; not in major) 3
Elective 3
 Credits14
Semester Five
CHI 3410 Advanced Chinese 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences and International) 3
LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics (recommended elective; Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Advanced elective (3000 level or above; in the major) 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
CHI 3411 Advanced Chinese 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences and International) 3
Critical concentration course (Critical Tracking) 3
Elective credits (3000 level or above; in the major) 6
Elective (3000 level or above; not in major) 3
 Credits15
Semester Seven
Critical concentration course (Critical Tracking) 3
Advanced elective (Critical Tracking; 4000 level or above; in the major) 3
Electives (3000 level or above; not in major) 6
Elective or senior thesis option 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
Critical concentration course (Critical Tracking) 3
Advanced elective (Critical Tracking; 4000 level or above; in the major) 3
Electives (3000 level or above; not in major) 6
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

CRITICAL CONCENTRATION COURSES 

9 Credits from One Concentration

Although courses may appear in more than one group they may be counted toward only one group

Intensive Area Studies | Chinese

Recommended for those planning to pursue careers requiring advanced level skills in Chinese or graduate work in Chinese studies

Option 1 | China

CHI 3403Chinese Calligraphy3
CHI 3440Business Chinese3
CHI 4850Structure of Chinese3
CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHI 4935Senior Thesis3
CHI 4940Internship1-6
CHT 3110Chinese Literary Heritage3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3124Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3500Chinese Culture3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3

Intensive Area Studies | Chinese

Option 2 | Comparative Studies East Asia

ANT 3364Peoples and Cultures of China3
ANT 4930Special Topics in Anthropology (Ethnicity in China)3
ARH 3552Chinese Art and Archaeology 2000 BCE3
ARH 3555Late Imperial and Modern Chinese Art, 1907 - present3
ARH 4533Asian Monuments and Heritage Conservation3
ARH 4559Archaeology of Death in Ancient China3
ARH 4931Art History Seminar (Art in Tombs)3
ASH 3442Modern Japan3
ASH 4930History Research Seminar: Asia (Pacific War)3
REL 3318Chinese Religions3
REL 3336Religion in Modern India3
REL 3938Special Topics in Religion (Buddhist Meditation)3
VTT 3500Vietnamese Culture3
WST 3415Transnational Feminism3

Comparative Cultural Studies

ABT 3500Arabic Culture3
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
CHI 3403Chinese Calligraphy3
CHT 3500Chinese Culture3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CZT 3564Modern Czech Culture and Society3
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
GET 3003German Culture and Civilization 13
GET 3004Modern German Culture and Civilization3
GET 3930Variable Topics in German Studies (German Fairy Tales)3
HAI 3930Haitian Culture and Society3
HAT 3564Haitian Culture and Society3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3541Gangsters and Godfathers: Italian Mafia Movies3
ITT 3700The Demolition of Man: Italian Perspectives on the Jewish Holocaust3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JMT 3500Jamaican Creole, Reggae, and Rastafari3
JPT 3500Japanese Culture3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
JPT 3702Japanese Visual Culture3
JPT 4502Japanese Folklore3
RUT 3443War and Peace3
RUT 3500Russian Cultural Heritage3
RUT 3501Contemporary Russian Culture and Society3
RUT 3503Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience3
RUT 3504Russia Today3
RUT 3506Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People3
RUT 3514Russian Fairy Tales3
RUT 3524Russia through Film3
RUT 3530Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation3
RUT 3600The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes3
RUT 4450Russian Modernism3
VTT 3500Vietnamese Culture3
YOT 3500Yoruba Diaspora in the New World3

Film and Visual Culture

CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHT 3391Chinese Film and Media4
CHT 3523Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the New Global Cinema4
FRT 3520French Cinema4
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
FRT 4523European Identities, European Cinemas4
GET 3520Early German Cinema to 19454
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 4521Women and German Cinema4
GET 4523New Cinema 1945 to the Present4
GET 4930Variable Topics in German Studies3
HBR 4930Special Topics3
ITT 3521Italian Cinema4
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3541Gangsters and Godfathers: Italian Mafia Movies3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPN 4930Special Topics in Japanese Studies3
JPT 3391Introduction to Japanese Film4
JPT 3702Japanese Visual Culture3
RUT 3524Russia through Film3
SSA 4930Special Topics in African Studies3

Literary Studies

ABT 3130Arabic Literary Heritage 13
ABT 4131The Qur'an as Literature3
CHI 4930Special Topics in Chinese Studies3
CHT 3110Chinese Literary Heritage3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3124Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4122Religious Dimensions of Late Imperial Chinese Literature 3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3
FRT 3004Monuments and Masterpieces of France3
FRT 3561Women in French Literature and/or Cinema3-4
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
GET 3501History, Literature and Arts of Berlin3
GET 3580Representations of War in Literature and Visual Media3
GET 4930Variable Topics in German Studies3
HAT 3503Haitian Culture and Literature in Translation3
HBR 4930Special Topics3
HBT 3223Identity and Dissent in the Hebrew Short Story3
HBT 3233Israeli History and the Contemporary Novel3
HBT 3563Women in Modern Hebrew Fiction3
HBT 3564Motherhood in Modern Hebrew Literature3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
ITT 3540Murder Italian Style: Crime Fiction and Film in Italy3
ITT 3700The Demolition of Man: Italian Perspectives on the Jewish Holocaust3
ITT 3930Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture3
JPT 3100Tales of Kyoto3
JPT 3120Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation3
JPT 3121Contemporary Japanese Literature: Postwar to Postmodern3
JPT 3140Modern Women Writers3
JPT 3150Classical Japanese Poetry3
JPT 3300Samurai War Tales3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
JPT 3330Early Modern Japanese Literature3
JPT 4130The Tale of Genji3
JPT 4502Japanese Folklore3
PLT 3930Special Topics in Polish Studies3
RUT 3101Russian Masterpieces3
RUT 3441Tolstoy and Dostoevsky3
RUT 3442Themes from Russian Literature3
RUT 3443War and Peace3
RUT 3452Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century3
RUT 3503Violence and Terror in the Russian Experience3
RUT 3506Creative Lives: Writers, Artists, and Extraordinary People3
RUT 3514Russian Fairy Tales3
RUT 3530Russia's Struggle with Nature: Legacies of Destruction and Preservation3
RUT 3600The Twentieth Century through Slavic Eyes3
RUT 3930Variable Topics in Russian Studies3
RUT 4440Pushkin and Gogol3
RUT 4450Russian Modernism3
SST 4502African Oral Literature3
SSW 3303Swahili Oral Literature3
SSW 4713African Women Writers3
VTN 4930Special Topics in Vietnamese Studies3
YOR 4502Yoruba Oral Literature3

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

ARA 3510The Arab Woman3
CHT 3123Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation3
CHT 3513Taoism and Chinese Culture3
CHT 4111Dream of the Red Chamber3
CHT 4122Religious Dimensions of Late Imperial Chinese Literature 3
CHT 4603Journey to the West3
GET 3200Medieval Literary Culture3
ITT 3431Italy and Pilgrimages3
ITT 3443Dante's Inferno (English)3
JPT 3300Samurai War Tales3
JPT 3330Early Modern Japanese Literature3
JPT 3521Monsters and Horror in Japan3
MEM 3003Introduction to the Medieval World3
MEM 3300Castles and Cloisters: An Introduction to Medieval Communities3
MEM 3301Palaces and Cities: An Introduction to Early Modern Communities3
MEM 3730Studies in the Holy Roman Empire3
MEM 3931Variable Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Studies3

The Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL) major enables students to achieve communicative competence in their language(s) of specialization. Students will become knowledgeable in the culture and literature and/or linguistics associated with their language area(s) such that they will be able to critically analyze and evaluate authentic sources in the target language(s) and formulate independent, critical perspectives in the target language(s). Further, students will learn the intercultural skills and practical know-how necessary to negotiate traveling, studying, and living in the target culture(s).

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Satisfy the Florida statutes for the College-Level Academic Skills Requirement.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
  • Achieve one or more of the following, as determined by their specialization within the FLL program: an acceptable score on a language proficiency test and/or a satisfactory faculty evaluation of a term paper, final project, or oral presentation completed for a selected advanced course.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Describe and define cultural concepts, literary production, and/or linguistic structure in language(s) of specialization.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate texts according to their cultural, literary and/or linguistic content.

Communication

  1. Express critical competence in relation to the culture(s) of specialization through performance of comprehensive analysis in written and oral form.
  2. Display oral and written proficiency in language(s) of specialization.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
Category A1 I, R I I I, R, A
Category B2 I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A

Assessment Types

  • Proficiency exams
  • Term papers or final projects
  • Oral presentations