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Chengdu Courses – 2022 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of language courses plus electives in Chinese culture and international relations. All students must complete a minimum of one language course, although we strongly encourage students to complete an entire language track. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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Chinese Language Tracks

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Students who do not enroll in a language track must take Elementary Chinese I to assimilate more effectively into Chinese culture and their new living and learning environment.

Track I: 11 credits

Prerequisite: None

  1. Elementary Chinese I
  2. Elementary Chinese II
  3. Intermediate Chinese I

Track II: 9 credits

Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Chinese

  1. Intermediate Chinese I
  2. Intermediate Chinese II
  3. Advanced Chinese I

Track III: 9 credits

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college Chinese

  1. Intermediate Chinese II
  2. Advanced Chinese I
  3. Advanced Chinese II

Track IV: 9 credits

Prerequisite: 6 semesters of college Chinese

  1. Advanced Chinese II
  2. Advanced Chinese III
  3. Advanced Chinese IV

      Language Courses

      • Fall
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese

        This introductory course in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) language is designed for beginners of Chinese study. It aims to develop the student’s functional language ability—the ability to use Mandarin Chinese in linguistically and socially appropriate ways. Emphasis is laid on training students in the four language skills, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing, where speaking takes the lead. Various classroom activities, teacher-guide or students-centered, such as questions and answers, roll playing, pattern skills, dialogues, and oral presentations, provide the opportunity to practice speaking and listening.

      • Fall
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese

        This introductory course in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) language is designed for beginners of Chinese study. It aims to develop the student’s functional language ability—the ability to use Mandarin Chinese in linguistically and socially appropriate ways. Emphasis is laid on training students in the four language skills, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing, where speaking takes the lead. Various classroom activities, teacher-guide or students-centered, such as questions and answers, roll playing, pattern skills, dialogues, and oral presentations, provide the opportunity to practice speaking and listening.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese

      • Fall
        Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

        This course is designed to further develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. New grammar points will be introduced, and selected grammar points are reviewed during class sessions. Various activities - discussions, oral presentations, conversions - will provide the opportunity to practice on speaking and listening, class participation is therefore essential.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese

      • Fall
        Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

        This course is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese I and is designed to further develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. New grammar points will be introduced, and selected grammar points are reviewed during class sessions. Various activities - discussions, oral presentations, conversions - will provide the opportunity to practice on speaking and listening, class participation is therefore essential.

        Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese

      • Fall
        Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

        This course is for the third-year students of modern Chinese language and the equivalent (i.e. those who have completed studying of basic Chinese language at elementary and intermediate level).

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese

      • Fall
        Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

        This course is for the third-year students of modern Chinese language and the equivalent (i.e. those who have completed studying of basic Chinese language at elementary and intermediate level).

        Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese

      • Fall
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

        This course is for the third-year students of modern Chinese language and the equivalent (i.e. those who have completed studying of basic Chinese language at elementary and intermediate level).

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college Chinese

      • Fall
        Chinese 400-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese 400-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

        This course is for the third-year students of modern Chinese language and the equivalent (i.e. those who have completed studying of basic Chinese language at elementary and intermediate level).

        Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Chinese

      Fall Semester

      Chinese Language Electives

      Advanced Chinese V through Advanced Chinese X are subject to enrollment as courses or independent study.

      • Fall
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

        Chinese Conversation is designed to help students navigate in a Chinese speaking society. Subjects and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and vocabulary study will reflect what students are likely to encounter in daily life. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be paramount to a student’s success. However, it will still primarily emphasize speaking and listening comprehension. Study of written Chinese will be limited to what will be necessary for students to engage themselves in daily life.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese

      • Fall
        Chinese 400-level 1 credit Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese 400-level 1 credit Taught in Chinese

        The HSK course can benefit students who want to take HSK IV or higher levels, and have completed Intermediate Chinese II and Advanced Chinese I. Additionally, students must have completed two years of Chinese study and have the vocabulary of more than 1000 Chinese words, or they must have proficiency in Chinese is similar to that standard. This course focuses on a general introduction to the types of test questions, Chinese language grammar, listening and speed-reading skills, and expanding students’ vocabulary.

        Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese

      Chinese Culture Studies

      • Fall
        History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Students will explore Chinese history from the country’s birth to the modern era. The course will present the evolution and development of tradition, culture, philosophical thought, political organization, social structure, economic institutions, religious practice, and foreign relations in China.

        Prerequisites: one semester of college history

      • Fall
        Art 200-level 2 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Art 200-level 2 credits Taught in English

        This course is designed for foreign students who are interested in Chinese calligraphy. In this class, general knowledge of Chinese calligraphy will be introduced, and basic techniques will be taught. The purpose of this course is not to make the students to be outstanding calligraphers, but to help them learn the basic skills of Chinese calligraphy step by step.

        Chinese calligraphy, as one of the most glorious traditional arts in China, is the unique artistic form of Chinese characters. By using a writing brush, Chinese calligraphy expresses the writer’s learning and cultivation, thoughts and feelings, and character and ideology through the changing movements of dots and lines.

        Chinese calligraphy has a long history of over 3000 years. It embodies the five thousand–years Chinese cultural accumulation and reflects Chinese philosophy and incorporates the aesthetic properties of Chinese music, dancing and painting etc.

        "If you don’t understand Chinese calligraphy, you would not have a thorough understanding of Chinese culture." In view of the above-mentioned characteristics of Chinese calligraphy, we offer this course. By introduction its development history, culture origins, style and skills, especially through plenty of practice, we aim at making students develop a deeper understanding of the basics of traditional Chinese culture

      • Fall
        Economics General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Students will apply theories to various Chinese economic policies and complete a historical examination of China’s economic development with a special emphasis on its varying development strategies, and its prospects. This course is designed to create a space for students to discuss and debate difficult topics within economic development and Chinese economic policies.

        Prerequisites: Introductory-level economics or economic theory course recommended

      • Fall
        International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        The course is designed to enable students to develop marketing strategies and plans in and across a range of different international market environments. In addition to extending students' marketing and strategic skills, this course will develop knowledge and skills in international marketing processes.

      • Fall
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English/Chinese
        Spring
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English/Chinese

        Cuisine is a very important part of Chinese culture. In this course, we will introduce the history and development of Chinese cuisine, with an emphasis Sichuan Cuisine. In addition to the classroom lectures, the course will focus on how to cook using traditional methods. This class includes lectures, field trips to local markets. Most importantly, students are taught how to make eight dishes and one desert that incorporate traditional flavors. These methods can be used to make many other dishes. Learn how to make eight dishes and one desert. After the class, students should be able to making the dishes independently.

        This course has an additional fee for materials.

      • Fall
        Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        In this course, students will concentrate on the present status of US-China relations through foreign policy, trade, and military.

        Prerequisites: one semester of college-level political science or international relations

      • Fall
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

        Taiji (Tai Chi) is also known as a form of “Kongfu,” a traditional Chinese art form and exercise. It is also believed to cultivate Yin and Yang. Zhang Sanfeng and Wang Zongyue are two famous scholars in China who theorized on the benefits of Taiji on the mind, body, and spirit.

      • Fall
        Anthropology History Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course introduces Tibetan Society and Culture, include history and structure, emphasize the relationship between Tibetan Buddhism or Lamaism and Tibetan Culture. As a central element of Tibetan civilization, Tibetan Buddhism has shaped its politics, economy, identity, education and society. However, Tibetan Culture is not only Tibetan Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism is not equal to Lamaism. The course also explores some aspects of social life and culture. As giving some visible material, the course will try to introduce some Academic research, such as Why Tibetan Culture has become a global phenomenon and how Tibetan traditional cultural to face globalization.

      • Fall
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This course offers students the opportunity to develop a deeper connection to Chinese history and culture through a five-day tour in China’s ancient capital, Xi’an. With its humanistic heritage and archeological excavations, Xi’an is renowned for its status in Chinese culture and history. The trip will focus on e major anthropological, archeological and religious aspects of the city.

        This course has an additional fee.

      Spring Semester

      Chinese Language Electives

      Advanced Chinese V through Advanced Chinese X are subject to enrollment as courses or independent study.

      • Fall
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

        Chinese Conversation is designed to help students navigate in a Chinese speaking society. Subjects and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and vocabulary study will reflect what students are likely to encounter in daily life. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be paramount to a student’s success. However, it will still primarily emphasize speaking and listening comprehension. Study of written Chinese will be limited to what will be necessary for students to engage themselves in daily life.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese

      • Fall
        Chinese 400-level 1 credit Taught in Chinese
        Spring
        Chinese 400-level 1 credit Taught in Chinese

        The HSK course can benefit students who want to take HSK IV or higher levels, and have completed Intermediate Chinese II and Advanced Chinese I. Additionally, students must have completed two years of Chinese study and have the vocabulary of more than 1000 Chinese words, or they must have proficiency in Chinese is similar to that standard. This course focuses on a general introduction to the types of test questions, Chinese language grammar, listening and speed-reading skills, and expanding students’ vocabulary.

        Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese

      Chinese Culture Studies

      • Fall
        Art 200-level 2 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Art 200-level 2 credits Taught in English

        This course is designed for foreign students who are interested in Chinese calligraphy. In this class, general knowledge of Chinese calligraphy will be introduced, and basic techniques will be taught. The purpose of this course is not to make the students to be outstanding calligraphers, but to help them learn the basic skills of Chinese calligraphy step by step.

        Chinese calligraphy, as one of the most glorious traditional arts in China, is the unique artistic form of Chinese characters. By using a writing brush, Chinese calligraphy expresses the writer’s learning and cultivation, thoughts and feelings, and character and ideology through the changing movements of dots and lines.

        Chinese calligraphy has a long history of over 3000 years. It embodies the five thousand–years Chinese cultural accumulation and reflects Chinese philosophy and incorporates the aesthetic properties of Chinese music, dancing and painting etc.

        "If you don’t understand Chinese calligraphy, you would not have a thorough understanding of Chinese culture." In view of the above-mentioned characteristics of Chinese calligraphy, we offer this course. By introduction its development history, culture origins, style and skills, especially through plenty of practice, we aim at making students develop a deeper understanding of the basics of traditional Chinese culture

      • Spring
        Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course teaches Chinese literature from a very specific perspective, movies. Many masterpieces of Chinese literature have been adapted into movies. Moreover, there are also films representing lives of outstanding Chinese writers and the eras when they lived and composed. Therefore, movies and films can be a very intensive and integrated approach for students to learn and understand Chinese literature. Based on the history of Chinese literature, this course will firstly draw a survey of the development of Chinese literature from its beginning to 1949. Then, important literary works and distinguished writers will be highlighted by more careful analysis. On this level, reading of literary works and other references are required and indispensable; meanwhile, related movies and films will be introduced into class too. Discussions towards both the literary works and movies will be encouraged. By this means, the final target of this course is to help students to establish a more comprehensive command of Chinese literature.

      • Spring
        Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Students will learn to apply social science methodologies to topics related to Chinese ethnic groups, societies, the economy, and cultures. Students will focus on religious and cultural diversity within communities in southwestern China. The course is scheduled to include guest lecturers to discuss topics such as migration, intercultural communication, development, and Aboriginal experiences in Taiwan and Canada. The course also includes a field trip to a museum, which will be free for students enrolled in the course.

      • Spring
        Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course is designed for students to expand their knowledge of the government and politics of China while developing analytical and research writing skills. It will provide a comprehensive understanding of the Chinese society from 1949 to the present (concentrate on after the Open and Reform Policy). Chinese history, culture, social and political system will be introduced in this class. Methodology includes introduction, discussions, analysis, comparison and seminars.

        Prerequisites: Introductory-level political science or research writing course

      • Spring
        Anthropology 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This course provides a general introduction to the economy and culture of ethnic societies in Southwest China. This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Minority Area Field Tour by providing a solid multi-culture base for studies of Chinese ethnic groups.

        This course has an additional fee.

      • Spring
        Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Students will evaluate Chinese culture and society by means of a descriptive and analytic survey of chosen topics. While focusing on the cultural and social mainstream of contemporary China, the course also presents and analyzes various historic events, legends, traditions, ancient philosophies, religions and social norms in a sociological and economic perspective so as to enable students to have a better understanding of the evolution of and interactions between the Chinese culture and society.

        Field trips to museums and theatre of Sichuan opera are part of the course.

        Major topics include but are not limited to the following:

        • Social Norms as Reflected in the Chinese Characters

        • Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Their Influence on the Chinese Culture and Society

        • Chinese Ethnic Minorities

        • Education in China

        • Sex, Marriage and Family Life in China, Today and the Past

        • Family Plan and Birth Control

        • Cultural Revolution

        • China’s Economic Reform and Opening Up Policies

        • Holidays and Traditional Festivals: Their Folkloric Origin and Modern Impacts

      • Spring
        History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course is designed to cover Chinese history following the first opium war in 1840. Students are encouraged to engage in discussions and debates as they critically evaluate aspects of Chinese history. This course will explore aspects of Chinese history related to social, cultural, political, and economic evolution with emphasis on the country’s ties to the nation states in Western hemisphere.

        Prerequisites: one semester of college-level history

      • Fall
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English/Chinese
        Spring
        Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English/Chinese

        Cuisine is a very important part of Chinese culture. In this course, we will introduce the history and development of Chinese cuisine, with an emphasis Sichuan Cuisine. In addition to the classroom lectures, the course will focus on how to cook using traditional methods. This class includes lectures, field trips to local markets. Most importantly, students are taught how to make eight dishes and one desert that incorporate traditional flavors. These methods can be used to make many other dishes. Learn how to make eight dishes and one desert. After the class, students should be able to making the dishes independently.

        This course has an additional fee for materials.

      • Fall
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
        Spring
        Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

        Taiji (Tai Chi) is also known as a form of “Kongfu,” a traditional Chinese art form and exercise. It is also believed to cultivate Yin and Yang. Zhang Sanfeng and Wang Zongyue are two famous scholars in China who theorized on the benefits of Taiji on the mind, body, and spirit.

      To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

      Field Studies

      Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of China. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

      As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

      Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

      For more information about field study options, see the Chengdu tour and field study page.

      Internships

      USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of China, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

      Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

      • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
      • Gain practical, hands-on experience
      • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
      • Build a network of professional contacts
      • Improve your resume
      • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
      • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of China

      For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

      For more information about placement options, see the Chengdu internship page.

      Quick Details

      2020-21 App. Cycle

      Spring: Suspended

      2021-22 App. Cycle

      Summer Session I (5 weeks): Open

      Summer Session II (4 weeks): Open

      Summer Session I&II (9 weeks): Open

      Fall/Yearlong: Open

      Spring: Open

      Eligibility

      Minimum GPA: 2.5

      Approval from Home University

      Program Type

      Specialty

      Credits

      US Credit

      Program Capacity

      50 students

      Instruction

      English | Chinese

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