Bachelor of Arts (Chinese)

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Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) structure

Besides a selection of language courses, the majoring requirements include the completion of either 241.103 Chinese Cultural World or 241.208 Contemporary Chinese Society in Literature and Film. Students often study Chinese alongside other areas relevant to New Zealand’s relationship with the Chinese speaking world, such as business, social work, science, or politics.

If you already have some knowledge of the Chinese language, contact the programme coordinator before you decide to take language courses. This is to make sure you begin your studies at the most appropriate level for you.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the 'Regulations' button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Possible First Year

You may know you have an interest in Chinese but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in Education, English, Media Studies or Linguistics to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:
230.110 Turangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tu Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tu Arohae: Critical Thinking
241.101 Chinese 1A (or another Chinese language course depending on your experience)
241.102 Chinese 1B (or another Chinese language course depending on your experience)
241.103 Chinese Cultural World

Choose two electives from:
139.123 Creative Writing
139.139 Intro to English Studies
139.171 Intro to Literary and Cultural Studies
154.101 Intro to Media Studies
172.131 Language and Communication
172.133 Intro to Language Studies
241.105 Business Chinese
254.101 Intro to Social and Cultural Studies in Education
275.102 Human Development

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas e.g. Business via the course search webpage.

Requirements

Major requirements

A major consists of 135 credits (nine courses) in Chinese, including at least one of 241.103 or 241.208.

Minor requirements

A minor consists of 75 credits in Chinese, including 15 credits at 300-level; 30 credits at 200-level and/or 300-level, and 30 credits at any level from the Chinese schedule.

Note: Before enrolling in Chinese language courses below the 300-level, native speakers of Chinese must consult the Programme Coordinator or Head of School to discuss the appropriate selection of courses.

No knowledge of Chinese language is required for courses 241.103, 241.203 or 241.204 as these are taught in English.

Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the 'Regulations' button.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Minor requirements

A minor consists of 75 credits in Chinese, including 15 credits at 300-level; 30 credits at 200-level and/or 300-level, and 30 credits at any level from the Chinese schedule. Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.

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