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Major & Minor language requirements

CAPS majors are required to complete four years of college-level Chinese language courses (CHIN 1000 level through 4000 level) and acquire the high advanced (CHIN 4400 level) Chinese proficiency or higher upon graduation. They are expected to maintain a minimum grade of B+ in their Chinese language courses; failure to maintain this expectation may result in dismissal from the major. 

Native speakers holding regular high school diplomas from Chinese mainland or Taiwan (i.e., not international schools) may be exempted from the CAPS Chinese language requirement, per the discretion of Cornell's Chinese language faculty and the approval of CAPS director. Alternatively, students may be exempted through placement testing, at the discretion of Cornell Chinese language faculty and the approval of CAPS director.

All CAPS minors need to complete the equivalent of second-year Chinese, or, if they place beyond the second year, then must complete any single Chinese language course at a higher level (for advanced students this may be a literature or special topics class in Chinese). 

See the explanations about the CAPS Chinese language course sequencing in details below.

 

Freshman and sophomore years

In the FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE YEARS, CAPS students are expected to complete:

  • CHIN 1101-1102 Beginning Chinese, I & II;
  • CHIN 2201-2202 Intermediate Chinese, I & II.

Students of Chinese heritage or other higher-level starters are expected to complete:

  • CHIN 1109-1110 Beginning Chinese for Reading and Writing, I & II;
  • CHIN 2209-2010 Intermediate Chinese for Reading and Writing, I & II.

 

Junior year

In the JUNIOR YEAR, CAPS majors entering the fall semester of their junior year at CIW must be at the 3300-level Chinese proficiency or higher. During the fall semester of the junior year in D.C., they are expected to take:

  • CHIN 3341 High Intermediate Chinese (equivalent to CHIN 3301); or
  • CHIN 4441 Advanced Chinese (equivalent to CHIN 4411); or
  • CHIN 4445 Directed Study.
For students opting not to do the CIW semester, they are expected to take (in Ithaca):
  • CHIN 3301 High Intermediate Chinese; or
  • CHIN 4411 Advanced Chinese; or
  • Other available Chinese courses on or above 3300 level. Approval from the CAPS Assistant Director will be needed.

During the spring semester of the junior year in Ithaca, they are expected to take:

  • CHIN 3302 High Intermediate Chinese, II; or
  • CHIN 4412 Advanced Chinese II; or
  • Other Chinese courses on or above 3300 level. Approval from the CAPS Assistant Director will be needed.
For students going to Beijing in junior spring, they are expected to take:
  • CHIN 3342 High Intermediate Chinese, II (equivalent to CHIN 3302); or
  • CHIN 4452 Advanced Chinese II (equivalent to CHIN 4412); or
  • CHIN 4455 Directed Study.

 

Senior year

In the SENIOR YEAR, during the fall semester in Beijing, students are expected to take:

  • CHIN 4451 Advanced Chinese (equivalent to CHIN 4411); or
  • CHIN 4457 High Advanced Chinese (equivalent to CHIN 4427); or
  • CHIN 4455 Directed Study.
For students staying in Ithaca for senior fall, they are expected to take:
  • CHIN 4411 Advanced Chinese; or
  • CHIN 4427 High Advanced Chinese; or
  • CAPS 4999 Independent Study; or
  • Other Chinese courses on or above 4400 level. Approval from the CAPS Assistant Director will be needed.

During the spring semester in Ithaca, students are expected to take:

  • CHIN 4412 Advanced Chinese, II; or
  • CHIN 4428 High Advanced Chinese, II; or 
  • CAPS 4999 Independent Study; or
  • Other Chinese courses on or above 4400 level. Approval from the CAPS Assistant Director will be needed