This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2023-24.

The major in Chinese provides students with a solid foundation in the Chinese language, literature, and culture through extensive language training and broad exposure to Chinese literary and cultural traditions. Prospective majors should plan to begin Chinese language study during their first year at Colgate and are strongly encouraged to participate in the China Study Group.

Major Requirements

In order to encourage exposure to a wide range of approaches to Chinese studies, the department strongly recommends that students elect a section of  taught by a member of a department other than East Asian languages and literatures, and enrich their major by taking  and/or .

Upon completion of , the Chinese major requires a minimum of eight courses from the following:

Required Courses

One of the Following

Two Courses from the Following

At least one course must focus on China

GPA Requirement

All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better to count toward the major.

Honors and High Honors

Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the  department page.

East Asian Languages and Literatures Department

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the  catalog page.