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Undergraduate: China Studies

  • Program Overview

    China Studies (CNS)

    The China Studies program enables students majoring in other fields to pursue China-related courses relevant to their own interests, while developing knowledge and skills that will advance their educational and career goals. Drawing on the perspectives of complementary disciplines, the program offers an 18-credit minor in China Studies that covers both contemporary and historical issues. Students may also earn academic credit through study abroad opportunities.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Minor in China Studies (CNS)

    At least 9 credits must be taken in courses numbered 300 or higher. All courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or higher.

    Completion of the minor requires 18 credits.

    1. One foundation course from the following (3 credits):

    • AAS 220 China: Language and Culture
    • AAS 221 China: Science and Civilization

    2. Two Chinese language courses, the equivalent of CHI 112 or higher, from the following (6-7 credits): 

    • CHI 101 Intensive Elementary Chinese
    • CHI 112 Elementary Chinese II
    • CHI 120 Elementary Chinese for Heritage Speakers
    • CHI 211 Intermediate Chinese I
    • CHI 212 Intermediate Chinese II
    • CHI 311 Advanced Chinese I
    • CHI 312 Advanced Chinese II
    • CHI 410 Business Chinese
    • CHI 411 Readings: Journalistic Chinese
    • CHI 412 Readings: Classical Chinese
    • CHI 421 Chinese Poetry and Short Stories
    • CHI 422 Chinese Lyric Prose and Plays
    • CHI 426 Structure of Mandarin Chinese
    • CHI 447 Directed Readings in Chinese
    • CHI 487 Supervised Research in Chinese

    *Students may fulfill the above language requirement by either taking Chinese courses offered by the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies on SBU campus or department approved study-abroad courses overseas. Students should consult with the Director of China Studies before studying abroad.

    3. Three elective courses from the following: (9 credits)

    • AAS/RLS 240 Confucianism & Daoism
    • AAS 300 Intellectual History of East Asia
    • AAS 307 Women in US-Asian Relations

    • AAS 310 America’s Wars in Asia
    • AAS 339 Contemporary China: History, Politics, Diplomacy since 1949
    • AAS 340 Topics in Asian History (when topic is appropriate)
    • AAS 344 Acquisition of Asian Languages
    • AAS 351/HIS 351 Revolutionary China
    • AAS 352/HIS 352 Environmental History of China
    • AAS 370/LIN 370 Intercultural Communication
    • AAS 371/ANT 371 Ancient China
    • AAS 372/ANT 372 Family, Marriage, and Kinship in China
    • AAS 379/ANT 379 Ethnicity and Ecology in China
    • AAS 385 Translation Studies of Asian Languages
    • AAS 387 Islam and Confucianism
    • AAS 391 Humanities Topics in AAS (when topic is appropriate)
    • AAS 392 Social Science Topics in AAS (when topic is appropriate)
    • AAS 401 Seminar in AAS (when topic is appropriate)
    • AAS 447 Directed Readings (when topic is appropriate)
    • AAS 487 Supervised Research in AAS (when topic is appropriate)
    • CHI 212 Intermediate Chinese II (see note 1)
    • CHI 311 Advanced Chinese I (see note 1)
    • CHI 312 Advanced Chinese II (see note 1)
    • CHI 426 Structure of Mandarin Chinese (see note 1)
    • HIS 219 Introduction to Chinese History and Civilization
    • HIS 340 Topics in Asian History (when topic is appropriate)
    • HIS 341 20th Century China
    • HIS 345 Women and Gender in Chinese History
    • HIS 431 Colloquium in Asian History (when topic is appropriate)
    • HIS 432 Colloquium in Asian History (when topic is appropriate)
    • PHI 378 Philosophical Topics in Asian-American History (when topic is appropriate)
    • RLS 390, RLS 391 Special Topics (when topic is appropriate)


    1. Courses used to complete Requirement 2 (Chinese language courses) may not also be used to complete Requirement 3 (elective courses).
    2. Up to six credits taken in China Studies-related courses from other institutions may count toward the China Studies minor with approval of the Director of China Studies.
    3. The China Studies minor offers two summer study abroad programs in China. Credits earned from these programs count toward the minor in China Studies and the major in Asian and Asian American Studies.







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    Chinese Studies (CNS)

    Minor in China Studies

    Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

    Director of the Minor: Dongmei Zeng

    Administrative Assistant: Darlene Prowse


    Office: 1046 Humanities  

    Phone: (631) 632-7690  


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