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Chinese, Bachelor

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Middlebury, VT, United States
The Bachelor in Chinese at Middlebury is offered for students interested in the study of Chinese and China have access to a Chinese department with faculty who are scholars of Chinese literature and linguistics as well as experienced teachers of Mandarin Chinese.
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Each year the Greenberg-Starr Department of Chinese Language and Literature offers language courses at five levels of instruction, from beginning Mandarin Chinese to senior seminars that teach advanced language while focusing on Chinese contemporary social issues, literature, and politics and business.

Most students who study Mandarin at Middlebury have no background in the language, but we readily accommodate students who have learned some Chinese before college. Indeed, Middlebury offers its undergraduates access to unrivaled advanced language training: we offer six language classes at the fourth-year level or above, including a two-course sequence in Classical Chinese.

The Chinese major is a major in Chinese literature that places an emphasis on language acquisition and that accommodates some study of Chinese culture in general, including: 

  • Chinese film
  • Chinese sociolinguistics 

Our sequence of language courses, which for many students includes study in the summer Chinese School and a semester abroad in China, is designed to train students to read authentic Chinese-language texts, including web pages, magazine and newspaper articles, blog posts, white papers, letters, textbooks and novels; to express themselves with sophistication, depth and nuance in written Chinese; and to engage native speakers of Chinese fluently and naturally in the entire range of linguistic interaction, from casual conversation to serious discussion and debate. Many of our alumni live and work in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and use their language skills daily.

The Bachelor in Chinese at Middlebury complete our sequence of language courses, take a selection of our courses on literature and culture, and undertake senior work on Chinese literature or culture that uses Chinese language primary and secondary materials.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Beginning Chinese
  • Continued Beginning Chinese
  • Beginning Chinese
  • Intermed Chinese
  • Intermediate Chinese II
  • Chinese Literary Tradition
  • Modern Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Cinema
  • Chinese Sociolinguistics
  • Advanced Chinese I
  • Traditional Chinese Poetry
  • Love & Sex in Trad Chinese Lit
  • Contemp Chns Lit/Cult
  • Tales of Four Chinese Cities
  • Documentary Film in Cont China
  • Ancient Poetics
  • Traditional Chinese Novels
  • Adv Chns Read/Wrtng/Convrstn
  • Classical Chinese

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or the Coalition Application
    • Two Teacher Recommendations
    • School Report, Counselor Recommendation, and Transcript
    • Standardized Tests
    • English Proficiency Test
    • Financial Aid
    • Interviews

Tuition Fee

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    55790 USD/year
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Living costs for Middlebury

  • 1133 - 1690 USD/month
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