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2024-25 Catalog 
2024-25 Catalog


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(Chinese major requirements are listed below. Follow this link for the Chinese Minor  requirements.)

Students must complete all of the following requirements to graduate with a bachelor of arts in this program. Some courses may apply toward multiple requirements.

College Requirements:


Students are required to complete all standard college requirements.

Division Requirements:


Students are required to fulfill the division requirements for their major.

Total divisional units: 3

Major Requirements:

Total major units: 10-14, depending on language proficiency

Students may need to satisfy prerequisites before enrolling in courses required for the major.

Chinese Language Proficiency, Demonstrated by One of the Following:

  • Four units of first- and second-year college-level Chinese language,
  • Departmental waiver in cases where the student has demonstrated proficiency

Six Units from the Following, of Which a Minimum of Four Must Be Taken at Reed

  • One unit in 300- or 400-level Chinese literature prior to the twentieth century (excluding 470)
  • One unit in 300- or 400-level modern or contemporary Chinese literature, film, or film and media (excluding 470)
  • Four additional units in Chinese at the 300 or 400 level
    ⇒a maximum of two may be language classes (excluding 470)

Junior Qualifying Examination

Students must initiate the junior qualifying examination process by contacting a Chinese department faculty member at least one semester prior to the time of the intended completion of the qualifying examination.

Recommended, but Not Required:

  • One or more additional courses on China or Asia in a related discipline, such as history, art history, religion, economics, or anthropology.
  • Introduction to literary theory, or introductory courses in film and media studies, or comparative literature.
  • Study abroad (either in mainland China or Taiwan) for a semester or more is strongly encouraged.

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