The Chinese language and literature program offers elementary Chinese (101/102) and intermediate Chinese (201/202), the completion of which satisfies the language requirement for prospective majors in Chinese Studies, one of PLU's growing interdisciplinary programs, and the general foreign language requirement for students who intend to major in other fields.
The program also offers one semester of advanced Chinese (301) to further develop students' conversation and composition skills through the use of authentic Chinese materials. Additional advanced study of Chinese language is also available to interested students through independent study.
In addition to language courses, there is also a general interest course (371) introducing students, with or without any knowledge of Chinese, to traditional and contemporary Chinese literature. This class, conducted in English entirely, satisfies the university GUR and diversity requirements as well as elective course requirements for Chinese Studies majors. More general interest courses on aspects of Chinese society and culture are currently under development.
The Chinese language and literature program also awards degrees to students who wish to minor in Chinese language and literature. This is an area study program, independent from the Chinese Studies Program, which is pursued through the Department of Languages & Literatures.