Chinese Studies Minor
Director: Stephen C. Thomas
Office: Political Science, Campus Box 190, KC 520
Ji Chen, College of Business, LSC 390K, 303-556-6611
Stephen C. Thomas, Department of Political Science, KC 520, 303-556-5259
The Program in Chinese Studies
This innovative program offers specialized study of China through coursework in the related disciplines of language, anthropology, history, geography, literature and political science. China's economic and political presence is increasingly prominent in the United States. According to a recent national survey, Chinese is the fastest-growing foreign language in American colleges and universities. UC Denver is uniquely positioned to make use of its location as the cultural, economic and political center of the Rocky Mountain region and of its diverse, well trained and highly qualified faculty to offer a course of interdisciplinary studies related to China.
The increasing prominence of China in world affairs has made knowledge of Chinese language and cultures a valuable asset in numerous fields. Today, career opportunities abound for Chinese studies graduates in government, international business, banking and financial services, law, medicine, journalism, and graduate study in Sinology. The breadth of the program's course offerings, coupled with the resources of the faculty, ensures that its graduates will be especially well prepared for any of these professional pursuits.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The program in Chinese studies offers a host of study abroad opportunities throughout the academic year and every summer. UC Denver has ongoing programs in Beijing and Taipei, as well as an association with Yunnan University in Kunming. Study abroad programs of five weeks to one year in length may be arranged, and program faculty can help students enroll in intensive Chinese language programs in Taiwan or on the mainland. Students pursuing the minor in Chinese language and area studies are encouraged to complete the program with a period of residence and study in China.
Requirements for the Minor
The minor requires a total of 21 credit hours. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be taken from Downtown Campus faculty. All courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
All students must complete the following three courses:
- CHIN 1010, Beginning Chinese I (five credit hours)
- CNST 1000, China and the Chinese (three credit hours)
- CNST 4000, Senior Seminar in Chinese Studies (three credit hours)
Note: CNST 1000 should be taken toward the beginning of the minor, and CNST 4000 should be taken toward the completion of required coursework. Students must take a minimum of five credit hours of Chinese language courses.
An additional 10 hours of coursework should be selected from the following list of courses:
- ANTH 4000, Food in China and Beyond (three credit hours)
- ANTH 4995, Travel Study: The Arts of Self and Society in Contemporary China (three credit hours)
- CHIN 1020, Beginning Chinese II (five credit hours)
- CHIN 2110, Second Year Chinese I (five credit hours)
- CHIN 2120, Second Year Chinese II (five credit hours)
- FA 4750, Arts of China (three credit hours)
- GEOG 3160, Geography of China (three credit hours)
- HIST 4420: Traditional China: China to 1600 (three credit hours)
- HIST 4421, Modern China (three credit hours)
- PSC 4186, East Asia in World Affairs (three credit hours)
- PSC 4615, Politics and Government of China (three credit hours)
- PSC 4726, Russian and Chinese Foreign Policy (three credit hours)
- PHIL 3666, Asian Philosophies and Religions (three credit hours)
- PHIL 3981, Chinese Philosophy (three credit hours)
- RLST 3600, Comparative Religion: Religions of China (three credit hours)
New courses may not appear in the course description section of the catalog. Contact the department for further information.