University of Mississippi

Chinese Courses

Notes for New Students and Orientation Advisors:

  1. The University of Mississippi offers both a major and a minor in Chinese via two distinct tracks: Flagship and non-Flagship.  The Chinese Flagship Program is a federally-funded, selective program with the goal of bringing students to a professional level of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and the cultural competency to match.  The majority of students apply to Flagship as seniors in high school, but for those who do not, they may apply as freshmen and join the Flagship track as sophomores.  Transfer students are occasionally accepted as well.  High school students may gain insights into our program and also get on our radar by attending our summer StarTalk program, which is free and grants 6 college credits to rising juniors and seniors who take levels 1, 2, or 3 during the month of July.
  2. New UM students with little or no background in Chinese should register for the fall section of CHIN 111. CHIN 101 & 102 are only for high school students, and the summer sections of 111 & 112 are for Flagship students only.
  3. Interested students who did not apply to Flagship in spring prior to enrolling at the university should contact the program about alternate points of entry.
  4. Our faculty is not available in summer to administer placement exams/interviews. If you are a new student with a background in Chinese and are not sure which course to sign up for in your first semester on campus, you will need to use your best judgement in selecting and registering for a fall course.  Then, on the first day of class, explain your situation to the teacher and ask to be assessed.  If possible, arrange your schedule so that you can move up or down if needed.  You cannot register on your own for a class with an unmet prerequisite. If you are confident that CHIN 111 is too easy for you, you will need to contact Modern Languages to be manually registered for a higher course.
  5. With very few exceptions, our courses are offered in fall or spring, but not both.  You cannot, for example, take CHIN 111 in spring or 112 in fall.  If you believe your Chinese is good enough to skip CHIN 111 and start in spring with CHIN 112, we strongly advise that obtain confirmation from one of our Chinese faculty members at the start of fall semester.  If it turns out that you were overconfident in your abilities, you could lose a whole year.
  6. The default fall course for incoming Flagship freshmen is CHIN 211.  Without confirmation from the program, students should NOT assume they can sign up for any open section.  To insure the quality of the learning environment and to maximize proficiency gains, the program gathers preferences from all students and then assigns an equal number of students to each section.
  7. Most Flagship courses are closed so that even Flagship students must gain approval for the section they wish to take each term.  If you are not certain of the time window in which you will be enrolled, or if you have an urgent situation that requires your schedule be finalized, contact the program immediately.
  8. Note that, as listed in the course catalogue, Chinese courses do not begin counting towards the major or minor until the 300 level and that a total of 30 and 15 credits are needed for the major and minor, respectively.  Flagship students typically complete enough credits for the major simply by following their required curriculum.  For others, the default pathway (CHIN 301, 302, 401, and 402 during junior and senior years) will not be enough, even for the minor.  There is usually at least one extra course available each year for non-Flagship students (CHIN 330 or 399, but subject go change), which should allow a student to complete the minor without leaving campus.  All students interested in the major, however, should plan on studying abroad.  We highly recommend that students plan out their coursework with a Chinese faculty advisor as well as the Study Abroad office as early as freshman year to establish the best plan of action and to determine the best programs for them.

Dual Enrollment Courses

(local high school students only)

At-Large Non-Flagship Courses

(University of Mississippi students who are not in Flagship must select courses from this section and the next. )

Chin 111: Intensive Chinese I (5 credits)

  • The first semester of first-year Chinese.
  • For non-Flagship students, this course is offered in fall only.
  • No prior Chinese knowledge is required.

Chin 112: Intensive Chinese II (5 credits)

  • The second semester of first-year Chinese.
  • For non-Flagship students, this course is offered in spring only.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 111.

Chin 201: Intermediate Chinese I (3 credits)

  • The first semester of second-year Chinese.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 112.

Chin 202: Intermediate Chinese II (3 credits)

  • The second semester of second-year Chinese.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 201.

Chin 301: Conversation and Composition I (3 credits)

  • The first semester of third-year Chinese, which aims to further develop students’ language proficiency via conversation and composition practices.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 202.

Chin 302: Conversation and Composition II (3 credits)

  • The second semester of the third-year Chinese. Continuation of CHIN 301.
  • Pre-requisite: CHIN 301.

Chin 401: Advanced Chinese I (3 credits)

  • The first semester of fourth-year Chinese.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 302.

Chin 402: Advanced Chinese II (3 credits)

  • The second semester of fourth-year Chinese.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 401.

Courses for Flagship and Non-Flagship Students

(The courses below are open to all UM students.)

Chin 198: Elementary Chinese Study Abroad (1-12 credits)

  • Emphasis on building Chinese proficiency and cultural awareness while studying abroad in a Chinese-speaking country.

Chin 199: Special Topics in Chinese (1-6 credits)

  • Topics vary. Available only during Study Abroad and with departmental approval. May not be used to fulfill foreign language requirements.

Chin 298: Intermediate Chinese Study Abroad (1-12 credits)

  • Emphasis on building Chinese proficiency and cultural awareness while studying abroad in a Chinese-speaking country.

Chin 299: Special Topics in Chinese (1-6 credits)

  • Topics vary. Available only during Study Abroad and with departmental approval. May not be used to fulfill foreign language requirement.

Chin 315: Chinese Practicum II (5 credits)

  • This course is a practicum in Chinese society through the use of Chinese language in China or Taiwan.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 202.

Chin 330: Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (3 credits)

  • Introduction to the linguistic terminology and scientific techniques used to study the sounds, vocabulary, phrase and sentence structures, history and social uses of the Chinese language.
  • Pre-requisite: CHIN 202

Chin 331: Intro to Chinese Lit & Literary Analysis (3 credits)

  • Study of literary movements, major writers, and intellectual and cultural ideas in Chinese literature and cultural history.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 202.

Chin 361: China through Film and Literature (3 credits)

  • Study of the evolution of Chinese cinema through selected films to explore the nature and development of contemporary Chinese aesthetics and culture.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 202.

Chin 398: Advanced Chinese Study Abroad (1-12 credits)

  • Emphasis on building Chinese proficiency and cultural awareness while studying abroad in a Chinese-speaking country.

Chin 399: Special Topics in Chinese (3 credits)

  • May be repeated once for credit, with permission of department.

Chin 415: Chinese Practicum III (5 credits)

  • To further strengthen students’ language proficiency levels and intercultural communication competency through a variety of learning projects in China or Taiwan.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 315.

Flagship Courses

(Non-Flagship students may only take courses listed in the sections above)

Chin 111: Intensive Chinese I (5 credits)

  • The first semester of first-year Chinese, taken by Flagship students in Summer Session I, usually immediately before fall of freshman year.
  • Non-Flagship students take this course in Fall semester.
  • No prior Chinese knowledge is required.

Chin 112: Intensive Chinese II (5 credits)

  • The second semester of first-year Chinese, taken by Flagship students in Summer Session II, usually immediately before fall of freshman year.
  • Non-Flagship students take this course in Spring semester.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 111.

Chin 211: Intensive Chinese III (5 credits)

  • Chinese Flagship students only. The first semester of second-year Chinese.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 112.

Chin 212: Intensive Chinese IV (5 credits)

  • Chinese Flagship students only. The second semester of second-year Chinese.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 211.

Chin 215: Chinese Practicum I (5 credits)

  • This is a language intensive, total immersion training course in China for students who have reached Intermediate Mid (or higher) based on the ACTFL scale.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 212.

Chin 313: Media Chinese I: Newspapers and Internet (5 credits)

  • This course helps students learn, explore, and understand Chinese media, culture, tradition, society, and values through authentic materials.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 215.

Chin 314: Media Chinese II: Broadcast News (5 credits)

  • Continuation of CHIN 313.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 313.

Chin 417: Intro to Modern Chinese Literature (5 credits)

  • This course is designed to improve students’ ability to understand Chinese literature orally and in writing.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 314.

Chin 418: Introduction to Classical Chinese (5 credits)

  • This course is designed to provide students an introduction to basic classical Chinese syntax and vocabulary items that are still commonly used in Modern Chinese.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 417.

Chin 450: Domain Knowledge (1-6 credits)

  • Students work under the tutelage of a mentor to obtain domain-specific knowledge in Chinese.
  • Approval of the Chinese Flagship director is required.

Chin 512: 21st Century China: Social Issues in China (3 credits)

  • This course is for students who have achieved advanced levels based on the ACTFL scale. The purpose of this course is to enhance students’ understanding of China’s societal issues in the 21 st century.
  • Approval of the Chinese Flagship director is required.

Chin 513: China and the World (3 credits)

  • This course is for students who have achieved advanced levels based on the ACTFL scale. Students will engage in discussions on a variety of topics in concrete and abstract terms.
  • Approval of the Chinese Flagship director is required.

Chin 550: Advanced Domain Knowledge (1-6 credits)

  • Students who have successfully completed the Chinese Flagship Capstone Program in China may take this course and work under the tutelage of a mentor to obtain further domain-specific knowledge in Chinese.
  • Approval of the Chinese Flagship director is required.
  • Prerequisite: CHIN 596 and 598.

Chin 596: Chinese Capstone Academic Program (1-15 credits)

  • Participation in a Chinese Flagship Capstone program in China. Students take direct enrollment courses and language maintenance courses at one of the two Chinese Flagship Capstone sites in China.
  • Z grade.

Chin 598: Chinese Capstone Internship (1-6 credits)

  • Completion of a 16-week professional internship with a Chinese company in China.
  • Z grade.