Courses in Chinese are offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics
1. Enrollment in some language courses involves the following formal placement procedures.
All students seeking entry into language courses who have not previously taken a language course at Saint Mary’s University must complete and return the Language Profile Form to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.
Based on the information provided in the Language Profile Form, students may receive notification from the Department to appear for an oral interview and/or a written placement test at a designated time.
The Department of Modern Languages determines the appropriate course placement for each student
(i) Permission to register or remain in a particular language course can be refused if the Department judges that the student’s knowledge exceeds the level for that course.
(ii) Native speakers are not eligible to receive advanced credit for language courses.
(iii) Completion of Advanced Standing (transfer) courses does not exempt a student from taking the placement test.
2. In order to ensure the academic integrity in language courses, especially at the lower levels of instruction, the Department of Modern Languages and Classics does not allow native or near-native speakers of a particular target language to enroll in courses at the 2000 level or lower.
Students who misrepresent their knowledge of any given language by providing inaccurate or incomplete information about their linguistic educational history will be subject to disciplinary action as laid out in Academic Regulation 19.
3. The Department of Modern Languages and Classics supports a policy of regular class attendance by students. Frequent, unexplained absences from class will result in a lowering of the final grade in a manner to be determined by each faculty member.
Certificate of Chinese Studies (Cert. C.S.)
This certificate program in Chinese Studies is designed to provide linguistic, cultural and practical knowledge to persons interested in studying about or working in China. The program consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours. It is intended for undergraduate students, persons already holding degrees in any discipline, and mature students with relevant work experience.
The Certificate of Chinese Studies requires a formal application for admission. The official approval of the Asian Studies Coordinator is a prerequisite for admission to the program. Students majoring in Asian Studies at Saint Mary’s University are not eligible for this program.
A student of the program must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours at Saint Mary’s University. Relevant academic courses, work experience and linguistic capability may be considered for credit recognition. Applicants should submit a resume of relevant work experience, official university transcripts and any other relevant documentation.
This program consists of twelve (12) required credit hours and a number of optional credit hours. All students are required to take CHNS 1101 (Introductory Modern Chinese I), CHNS 1102 (Introductory Modern Chinese II) and CHNS 2200 (Intermediate Modern Chinese). Students must also select twelve (12) optional credit hours in at least two different disciplines from the following courses: ANTH 2326; ASNT 3300; ASNT 3310; HIST 1222; HIST 2381; HIST 2382; HIST 2383; RELS 2327.
At least twelve (12) credit hours must be at the 2000 level or above. Detailed descriptions are found under Departmental listing. These courses may not be offered every year.
Requirements for Graduation
Students are encouraged to complete the program within five years. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in the Certificate of Chinese Studies is required. Students who have completed all the courses without being officially admitted to the program will not be accredited.