Chinese at Kalamazoo

Professors: Chamness, Weng

The Chinese Department provides students with exposure to the language, literature, and culture of China. Seven levels of Chinese language courses, with a balanced emphasis on listening, reading, writing, and speaking, set a good foundation. Students may study abroad in China or take part in other forms of advanced study to master the language used by one-quarter of the world’s population. Literature (in English translation) and culture courses acquaint students with the Chinese literary works and their social/political/cultural texts and contexts, facilitate their enjoyment of literature in general, and enhance their capability to understand the meaning of Chinese literary and cultural expressions, as well as traditional and contemporary Chinese society.

Requirements for the Minor in Chinese

Number of Units:
Six units are required.

Required Courses:
CHIN 103 Beginning Chinese III
CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 203 Intermediate Chinese III

Chinese Literature Elective (Must be taken on campus.)
Chinese Literature or Studies Elective (May be taken during study abroad or on campus.)

Related Programs

The Chinese Department is also an essential part of the East Asian studies program. Students may major in International and Area Studies with a focus on East Asia or major in East Asian Studies. Interested students should consult with the director of East Asian Studies. See catalog listings for East Asian Studies or International and Area Studies for requirements for these majors.

Study Abroad Opportunities

For more information on study abroad, visit the EAS page on study abroad.

Kalamazoo College has established several programs in the People’s Republic of China. Please consult with the Center for International Programs on the different options available.

Students who are interested in study abroad opportunities are strongly recommended to complete CHIN-203 before leaving for China. It is also important to note that Chinese language courses are offered in the Fall-Winter-Spring sequence for both CHIN-101-102-103 and CHIN-201-202-203. In other words, CHIN-101 and CHIN-201 are only offered in the Fall Quarter. For more details about language preparation for study abroad, consult early with professors and the Center for International Programs.