Chinese Associate in Arts Degree
The Chinese program offers a broad spectrum of courses, ranging from language instruction to studies of civilization, culture, literature, and the arts. Language courses focus on all four skills—reading and listening comprehension, writing, and speaking. Non-language courses provide training in critical thinking while exploring cultural and literary themes in a historical context. The purpose of this major is twofold: to develop proficiency in written and spoken communication as well as to foster an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. The skills acquired will prepare students to pursue careers in education, journalism, business, linguistics, art, music, and international relations.
PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting literature and writing courses, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.
- Demonstrate language skills and cultural knowledge in Chinese by submission of a portfolio of completed work.
Requirements for the AA Degree
To qualify for this degree, you must meet these requirements:
- Minimum of 60 AA units
- Minimum 2.0 GPA
- Complete the traditional AA or IGETC or CSU GE
- Complete this area of emphasis
Area of Emphasis Required Courses
Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Students must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) units selected from the courses listed below
- CHIN 002 - Elementary Chinese (Mandarin) (5)
- CHIN 002A - Elementary Chinese (Mandarin) for Advanced Beginners (5)
- CHIN 003 - Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) (5)
- CHIN 004 - Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) (5)
- CHIN 005 - Advanced Chinese Reading and Composition (3)
- CHIN 010 - Chinese Civilization (3)
- CHIN 012 - Chinese Literature in Translation (3)
- CHIN 022 - Chinese Calligraphy (3)
Limit of one course -
- CHIN 008A - Introduction to Chinese Conversation (Mandarin) (2)
or CHIN 008B- Introduction to Chinese Conversation (Mandarin) (2)
Limit of one course -
- CHIN 009A - Chinese Conversation (Mandarin) (2)
or CHIN 009B - Chinese Conversation (Mandarin) (2)
or CHIN 009C - Chinese Conversation (Mandarin) (2)
General Education Requirements
To be eligible for an AA degree, you must complete general education requirements in addition to the area of emphasis course requirements. You choose to follow one of the following three GE Patterns:
Which GE Pattern you choose to follow is based on your transfer plans. Speak with your counselor or visit the Transfer Center to find out more about which GE Pattern to follow.