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Chinese Language and Literature, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
Like all World Languages & Literatures majors, Chinese Language and Literature majors at Boston University begin with CAS XL 100 Leaving Home: Explorations in World Literature, a team-taught course in which students meet the WLL faculty through guest lectures and get oriented in the rich diversity of the world’s literary traditions.
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Overview

They begin Chinese language study as early as possible and complete at least three language courses beyond the fourth-semester level (CAS LC 212). Students of the Chinese Language and Literature program offered by Boston University also have the option of taking introductory as well as more advanced courses in Classical Chinese (with course options taught in Chinese or in English). Masterpieces of Chinese Literature (CAS LC 250) introduces students to major texts in English translation and can be taken early in the student’s program. Four additional courses in Chinese language, literature, and/or culture provide greater depth in areas of special interest to the student. One WLL elective focusing on language, literature, or culture from outside of the Chinese-speaking world enhances regional, global and/or historical comparison. Students wishing to explore more of WLL’s course offerings outside of Chinese may substitute an additional elective for one of their four courses in Chinese language, literature, or culture. Majors reconvene with all WLL majors in the senior capstone seminar CAS XL 479, where they work with a faculty mentor on a final project using Chinese-language materials.

Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced knowledge of major themes and genres in Chinese literature and culture in their historical contexts, including links to other East Asian and world literary traditions.
  • Critical thinking, communication, and writing skills within areas of content and cultural knowledge.
  • Familiarity with fundamental research skills for Chinese studies, including use of traditional and electronic sources.
  • Proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension in Chinese at the intermediate-high level as measured by ACTFL guidelines.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Modern Chinese 
  • Chinese through Communication and Performance
  • Classical Chinese 1 for Students of East Asia (taught in English)
  • Classical Chinese (taught in Mandarin)
  • Topics in Classical Chinese

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

National

  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
International
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
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