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Courses and Requirements

The East Asian Languages and Literatures Department offers courses in the Chinese and Japanese languages, literatures and cultures, a Chinese concentration, a Chinese minor, a Japanese minor and a study abroad program, Associated Colleges in China (ACC). Courses offered focus on language acquisition and introduction to the cultures and civilizations of both countries. As much as possible, the first-year courses are taught in the target languages, while the upper-level courses are conducted entirely in Chinese or Japanese. The Chinese concentration emphasizes work in the original language as key to understanding China and China-related issues aiming at and preparing students for further studies in graduate schools and professional careers in international trade, government service, diplomacy, private business, journalism and other related fields.

The goal of the Chinese Program, which, along with Japanese is part of Hamilton's East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, is to introduce students to the region's changing identity while emphasizing language proficiency.

A concentration in Chinese consists of nine courses offered by the Chinese Program and numbered 140 or higher, including at least one 400-level course in each semester of the senior year and the required senior project (550). A minor in Chinese consists of five courses offered by the Chinese Program and numbered 140 or higher, including at least one 400-level course. After consulting the Chinese Program, students may use courses focusing on China offered by the Asian Studies Program or another department to satisfy the Chinese concentration or minor requirements.

(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)

Contact Information


Chinese Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4036 zwang@hamilton.edu
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