Frequently Asked Questions

General

1. Where is the department located?
Humanities Building 1116 (follow the signs to the Asian and Asian American Studies Department).
2. What is the standard writing format (simplified or traditional) and phonetization (pinyin or zhuyin) for Chinese taught in Stony Brook?
Stony Brook University teaches simplified Chinese script at the elementary level and uses pinyin for phonetization. At the intermediate level, students are exposed to both simplified and traditional scripts.
3. What is a recitation?
Recitation is a portion in which the class meets to hone speaking and writing skills. Very often the format will be role play, oral presentation, or other pair/group work. It is required that you attend this section.
4. Where do I go to take a Chinese Challenge Exam?
See information on Chinese Challenge Exam.

Administrative

1. How do I declare a minor in China Studies?
(a) Download the major/minor declaration form
(b) Fill out the first 6 boxes (name, signature, ID, address, phone # and email)
(c) Go to the China Studies Director (Dr. Agnes He in HUM 1116) and ask for it to be signed.
(d) Bring it to the Registrar in the Administration Building.
2. What are the requirements for Chinese Studies minor?
Please see Courses.
3. Can I minor in China Studies before I take any classes?
Yes, you can.
4. If I took a class that is Chinese/China related, but is not listed in the electives, does it still count towards the minor?
Please see Dr. Agnes He (HUM 1116) or contact her via email.
5. What are required courses and which ones are they?
One Foundation course from the following:
(a) AAS 220 China: Language and Culture
(b) AAS/HIS 219 Introduction to Chinese History and Civilization
And an Independent Research AAS 487
6. What are elective courses and which ones are they?
They are courses taken from the approved course list which are not used as one of the required courses.
7. I recently transferred; will my credits count toward the minor?
Please see Dr. Agnes He (HUM 1116) or contact her via email.
8. I took a Chinese AP in high school. Does this count toward my minor credits?
If you received an AP score of 3 or above, and you have an AP transcript, it will count towards the minor credits.

Courses

1. I speak Chinese at home and I can write Chinese a little bit; should I take CHI 111 or CHI 210?
If you can understand speech in Mandarin, it is recommended that you take CHI 210. Grading will not be comparative to other students in the class because experience levels vary. Please talk to your professor. If you speak a dialect other than Mandarin at home and you can not understand speech in Mandarin, it is recommended that you take CHI 111.
2. I speak Chinese at home and I cannot write Chinese; should I take CHI 111 or CHI 210?
If you can understand speech in Mandarin, it is recommended that you take CHI 210. Grading will not be comparative to other students in the class because experience levels vary. Please talk to your professor. If you speak a dialect other than Mandarin at home and you can not understand speech in Mandarin, it is recommended that you take CHI 111.
3. I have no prior experience in Chinese; what language course should I start taking?
It is recommended that you take CHI 111. Grading will not be comparative to other students in the class because experience levels vary. Please consult with your professor.
4. I am not doing so well in the class in comparison to the proficient heritage speakers, should I be concerned?
Grading will not be comparative to other students in the class because experience levels vary. It is mostly based on your effort and willingness to learn. Please consult with your professor.
5. Is there extra help I can acquire?
There is extra help in the Chinese Library for CHI 111, CHI 112, CHI 210, CHI 211, and CHI 212. Please refer to the hours in the Chinese Library section.

Computer Questions

1. How can I write and read Chinese text on my computer?
Click here for information on reading/writing chinese text on the computer.