Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
O'Dowd Hall, Room 372
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2060
Fax: (248) 370-3170

About

Information on "Chinese Studies, B.A. Program" can be found on the International Studies Program page.  Minors in Chinese Language found below.
For "Spring in Beijing" Chinese Language and Culture program, visit here

Teaching Minor
in Chinese
Elementary/Secondary Teaching Minor in Chinese (STEP)

Students must complete 20 credits, including CHE 3140, 3160/3180, 3510, 3550 and 4080. At least 12 credits of those required for the elementary/secondary teaching minor in Chinese language must be taken at Oakland University.
  • CHE 3140 - Advanced Chinese Grammar (4 credits)
  • CHE 3160 - Chinese Conversation (2)
  • CHE 3180 - Chinese Composition (2)
  • CHE 3510 - Chinese Civilization (4)
  • CHE 3550 - Translation: Chinese (4)
  • CHE 4080 - Advanced Chinese Conversation and Reading (4)

plus

  • EED 4240 - Foreign Language Teaching Methods in Elementary and Middle School (4)
Resources:
Minors
in Chinese
Minors in Chinese
  1. Minor in Chinese Language ( Modern Language Minor in Chinese)

    The requirement is a minimum of 20 credits at the 2000 level and above. Chinese language minor must include courses numbered 3140, 3160, 3180 and one of the following: 3510, 3550, 3570 or 4080. At least 12 credits of those required for the minor in Chinese languages must be taken at Oakland University. 

    CHE 2140-2150 - Second Year Chinese (4 each)
    CHE 3140 - Advanced Chinese Grammar (4)
    CHE 3160 - Chinese Conversation (2)
    CHE 3180 - Chinese Composition (2) 

    plus one of the following:

    CHE 3510 - Chinese Civilization (4)
    CHE 3550 - Translation: Chinese (4)
    CHE 3570 - Chinese Business Communication (4)
    CHE 4080 - Advanced Chinese Conversation and Reading (4)

  2. Minor in Chinese Language & Civilization (brochure)

    Students must complete 20 credits, including CHE 2140, 2150, 3160/3180, 3510 and 3550.  In addition, IS 2100 is a corequisite course for the minor.  CHE 3140, 3570, 3920 or 4080 can qualify as an alternative to CHE 3510. At least 12 credits of those required for the minor in Chinese language and civilization must be taken at Oakland University. 

    CHE 2140-2150 - Second Year Chinese (4 each)
    CHE 3160 - Chinese Conversation (2) 
    CHE 3180 - Chinese Composition (2)
    CHE 3510 - Chinese Civilization (4)
    CHE 3550 - Translation: Chinese (4)

    the following can qualify as an alternative to CHE 3510:

    CHE 3140 - Advanced Chinese Grammar (4)
    CHE 3570 - Chinese Business Communication (4)
    CHE 3900 - Directed Readings in Chinese (4)
    CHE 4080 - Advanced Chinese Conversation and Reading (4) 

    Co-requisite

    IS 2100 - Perspectives on China (4)

Students who have at least 2 years of college Chinese and equivalent may enroll in any 3000-level courses in any semester.  The 3000- or 4000-level courses do not have to be taken in the numerical order.

Placement

Students with prior experience with Chinese, in school or at home, must take the placement test, AND seek consultation with Dr. Chang (chang23@oakland.edu) within the first two weeks of instruction in a semester, preferably before registration, to ensure the most accurate placement.

OU Mt. Clemens campus will offer Chinese courses by request. View flyer for more information.

Business
Chinese

CEML 10000 - Survival Business Chinese [FLYER] [SAMPLE SYLLABUS]

Continuing Education Course.  For complete beginners.  All are welcome.

Upcoming classes: by request only.

Enroll through the OU Professional and Continuing Education office.
Course formats that have been offered: 
  • A 30-hour Course
  • A 21-hour Course

CHE 3570 - Chinese Business Communication

Undergraduate Course, 4 credits.  For students who have at least two years of college Chinese (completion of CHE 2150) or equivalent (knowing about 1500 Chinese characters).


CHE 4570 - Advanced Business Chinese

Undergraduate Course, 4 credits.  For students who have at least three years of college Chinese (completion of CHE 3160 and 3180) or equivalent (knowing about 2500 Chinese characters).
Courses
View the list of OU Chinese Studies and Chinese Language Courses.  
View the Oakland University Catalog  for course descriptions.
View the
Schedule of Classes for offerings in specific semesters.

Native speakers, heritage students, and students who have experience equivalent to 1 year of college Chinese are strongly encouraged to start from CHE 2140 so as to finish the Chinese minor requirements in two years.  CHE 1140-1150 are not counted toward the minor.  Please contact your Chinese instructor or Dr. Melanie Chang about waiving 1140-1150. 

大学部的中国同学们及以汉语为母语的同学们:
欢迎你们来上我们的中文课, 请选择 CHE 3000 以上的课. 我们相信上一门中文课不但可以让你们交到一些对中国人友善且对中国文化有兴趣的美国朋友,而且对于你们的学业成绩会有正面帮助。

Students who have at least 2 years of college Chinese and equivalent may enroll any 3000-level courses in any semester.  The 3000-level courses do not have to be taken in the order of the following sequence.

Placement

If you have taken Chinese courses in other institutions, no matter the credits are transferable or not, you must take the placement exam and contact Dr. Chang ( chang23@oakland.edu) to discuses your exam result before register any Chinese courses.

Courses

CHE 1140-1150 Introduction to Chinese and Chinese Culture (4 each) satisfies the general education requirement in the foreign language and culture knowledge exploration area.

CHE 2140-2150 Second Year Chinese
(4 each) satisfies the general education requirement in the foreign language and culture knowledge exploration area.

CHE 3140 Advanced Chinese Grammar
(4)

CHE 3160 Chinese Conversation (2)

CHE 3180 Chinese Composition (2)

CHE 3510 Chinese Civilization (4)

CHE 3550 Translation: Chinese (4)

CHE 3570 Chinese Business Communication (4)  [ flyer]

CHE 3920 Directed Readings in Chinese (2 or 4) May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

CHE 4080 Advanced Chinese Conversation and Reading (4) [ flyer]

CHE 4550 Advanced Translation from English to Chinese (4)

CHE 4570 Advanced Business Chinese
(4)

CHE 4910 Independent Translation Project (4 to 8) not counted toward minor.

IS 2100 Perspectives on China (a.k.a. Introduction to China) (4) Corequisite of Chinese Language & Civilization Minor; Satisfies the general education requirement.

IS 3900 Special Topics: Modern China (4) Study Abroad.

LIT 2905 Studies in Foreign Film - Chinese (4) [ flyer]

ML 3900 Advanced Study of Chinese Language (4) Study Abroad; counted toward minor.

ML 3905 Advanced Study of Chinese Culture (4) Study Abroad; counted toward minor.
Study
Abroad

CHINA FOREIGN AFFAIRS UNIVERSITY

1. "Beijing in Spring" at China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) is OU's faculty-led summer group program offered in even-numbered years.
More information and APPLY: visit Beijing in Spring or view the brochure.

2. Students interested in studying at CFAU for a full semester or a year or more taking Chinese language or regular courses may contact Dr. Melanie Chang at chang23@oakland.edu. Visit CFAU website.

CHINA STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan

OU also offers short- and long-term programs to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan via affiliated institutions.  Please visit International Education for all programs. or contact Dr. Melanie Chang at chang23@oakland.edu.

SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID

For Study Abroad financial assistance please visit International Education, Honors College, International Studies Program, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Financial Aid.

Advising

For advising in Chinese courses or programs, please contact:

Hsiang-Hua (Melanie) Chang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
chang23@oakland.edu  
(248) 370-4248
368 O'Dowd Hall


Chinese Placement Exam

Students with prior experience with Chinese, in school or at home, must take the placement test, AND seek consultation with Dr. Chang within the first two weeks of instruction in a semester, preferably before registration, to ensure the most accurate placement.

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