2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Chinese (CHI)

Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030
Ph: 716-645-2177
F: 716-645-3825
W: www.linguistics.buffalo.edu/programs/language
Jeff Good
Chair
Robert Hoeing
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Xuehong Lu
Director of Chinese Program

The Learning Environment

Class size is limited for language courses in order to promote each student’s participation and interaction with the instructors as well as other students. The use of target language is essential in class. Independent studies may be arranged for advanced levels to meet the specific needs of students.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Linguistics department includes internationally known and respected scholars, with diverse backgrounds and interests. The Chinese Program has a full-time faculty director, a full-time adjunct faculty coordinator, two adjunct faculty instructors, and three teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Linguistics department website for more information about our faculty.

CHI Courses


  • CHI 100LEC Business Chinese: Conversation
    Lecture

    Develops necessary language skills for both business and travel. Little or no knowledge of the Chinese language required. Basics about Chinese culture and business etiquettes are also integrated in the course.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • CHI 101LEC First-Year Chinese
    Lecture

    For COMPLETE beginners only, providing a thorough grounding in conversational and reading skills of modern vernacular Chinese. Students with some facility in the spoken language (because Chinese or Cantonese is spoken at home) but who do not read characters should take CHI 104. Students who read Chinese, but who speak ?dialects,? such as Cantonese or Amoy, should enroll in CHI 201. It is NOT open to native speakers. Students taking this course are not permitted to enroll in CHI 191 or CHI 194-CHI 195, and vice versa.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • CHI 102LEC First-Year Chinese
    Lecture

    For COMPLETE beginners only, providing a thorough grounding in conversational and reading skills of modern vernacular Chinese. Students with some facility in the spoken language (because Chinese or Cantonese is spoken at home) but who do not read characters should take CHI 104. Students who read Chinese, but who speak ?dialects,? such as Cantonese or Amoy, should enroll in CHI 201. It is NOT open to native speakers. Students taking this course are not permitted to enroll in CHI 191 or CHI 194-CHI 195, and vice versa.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CHI 101
  • CHI 104LEC Transitional First-Year Chinese
    Lecture

    For Chinese heritage students whose family language is can speak Mandarin or any local dialect of Chinese but have only a little or no formal training of knowledge of reading and writing in Chinese. Students taking this course are not permitted to enroll in CHI 101 - CHI 102 and vice versa. Students who read Chinese, but who speak ?dialects,? such as Cantonese or Amoy, should enroll in CHI 201 and up. It is NOT open to native speakers. Students taking this course are not permitted to enroll in CHI 191 or CHI 194-CHI 195, and vice versa.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • CHI 105LEC Intensive 1st Year Chinese
    Lecture

    An intensive course covering both CHI 101 and CHI 102 in one semester. Students taking this course are not permitted to enroll in CHI 104 or CHI 101-CHI 102, and vice versa.

    Credits: 10
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • CHI 110LEC Beginning Business Chinese
    Lecture

    Designed to help students develop basic language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing for both business and travel. No prior knowledge of the Chinese language required. Basics about Chinese culture and business etiquettes are also integrated in the course. Students taking this course are not permitted to enroll in CHI 101, CHI 191. NOT open to native speakers.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • CHI 191LEC Beginning Chinese for Professionals 1
    Lecture

    This is the first semester of the three-semester sequence of introductory Mandarin Chinese courses (three credits each semester) and it aims to lay a solid foundation in Chinese for students in professional programs such as business or health or students focusing on other areas such as engineering where the ability to interact in an international business context would be desirable. The course also covers basic concepts of Chinese culture related to these fields. Upon course completion, students will have acquired elementary language skills in the language, including basic knowledge of the phonetic Pinyin system and Chinese characters, basic terminology specific to the professional fields, and key concepts of Chinese culture. Students taking this course are not permitted to enroll in CHI 104 or CHI 101-CHI 102, and vice versa. NOT open to native speakers.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • CHI 192LEC Beginning Chinese for Professionals 2
    Lecture

    This is the second semester of the three-semester sequence of introductory Mandarin Chinese courses (three credits each semester) and it aims to lay a solid foundation in Chinese for students in business or health related programs or programs in other areas such as engineering where the ability to interact in an international business context would be desirable. Upon course completion, students will have acquired elementary language skills in the language, basic terminology useful for professionals, and key concepts of Chinese culture.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: CHI 191
  • CHI 193LEC Beginning Chinese for Professionals 3
    Lecture

    This is the third semester of the three-semester sequence of introductory Mandarin Chinese courses (three credits each semester) and it aims to lay a solid foundation in Chinese for students in business or health related programs or programs in other areas such as engineering where the ability to interact in an international business context would be desirable. Upon course completion, students will have acquired elementary language skills in the language, basic terminology useful for professionals, and key concepts of Chinese culture.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: CHI 192
  • CHI 194LEC Beginning Chinese for Health Care Professionals 1
    Lecture

    This is the second semester of the three-semester sequence of introductory Mandarin Chinese course (three credits each semester) and it aims to lay a solid foundation in Chinese for students in healthcare-related programs. Upon course completion, students will have acquired elementary language skills in the language, basic terminology useful for healthcare professionals, and key concepts of Chinese culture. Students taking this course are not permitted to enroll in CHI 104 or CHI 101-CHI 102, and vice versa. NOT open to native speakers.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CHI 191
  • CHI 195LEC Beginning Chinese for Health Care Professionals 2
    Lecture

    This is the final semester of the three-semester sequence of introductory Mandarin Chinese course (three credits each semester) and it aims to lay a solid foundation in Chinese for students in healthcare-related programs. Upon course completion, students will have acquired elementary language skills in the language, basic terminology useful for healthcare professionals, and key concepts of Chinese culture.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: CHI 194
  • CHI 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • CHI 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • CHI 201LEC Second-Year Chinese
    Lecture

    Continuation ofContinuation CHI 102 and CHI 104. Continuing instruction in written and spoken Chinese with particular emphasis on consolidating basic conversational skills and improving reading confidence and ability. Reading speed is substantially accelerated, and there is aural and oral practice based on the reading materials. Semi-formal composition is introduced to write about the different aspects of Chinese culture taught in this course. NOT open to native speakers. An optional course for Chinese Minor.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CHI 102 or CHI 104
  • CHI 202LEC Second-Year Chinese
    Lecture

    Focuses on reading and writing Chinese at the intermediate level. Provides ample opportunities to read edited authentic texts and to practice semi-formal and formal narrative writing and some argumentative writing while exploring Chinese culture. This course helps students further solidify the foundation for their Chinese study at the next level. NOT open to native speakers. An optional course for Chinese Minor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CHI 201
  • CHI 280LEC Survey of Chinese Culture
    Lecture

    Surveys major cultural and traditional elements that have influenced various aspects of Chinese life. Topics include classical Chinese philosophical ideals, religion, women, family, education, Chinese language and symbolic reference, and literature and art. This course is intended to introduce Chinese culture at its surface level and middle level: namely, material culture and institutional culture. The deep level or philosophical value of the Chinese culture will be addressed in CHI 380. Taught in English; requires no knowledge of Chinese language. An optional course for Chinese Minor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • CHI 301LEC Third-Year Chinese
    Lecture

    Further develop four-skills of Chinese proficiency, and iInvolves readings and discussions, of works on contemporary cultural and social life in the vernacular. Works on how to read effectively and write clearly and coherently through 1) learning both semi-formal and formal vocabulary, idioms, descriptive expressions, advanced sentence structures and the major features that define advanced Chinese; 2) practice formal writing about the different aspects of Chinese culture that interests you. This course helps students further solidify the foundation for their Chinese study at the next level either in another classroom setting or on their own. NOT open to native speakers. An optional course for Chinese Minor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CHI 202
  • CHI 302LEC Third-Year Chinese
    Lecture

    Continuation of CHI 301. Further develop four-skills of Chinese proficiency, and involve readings and discussions of works on contemporary cultural and social life in the vernacular. Works on how to read effectively and write clearly and coherently through 1) learning both semi-formal and formal vocabulary, idioms, descriptive expressions, advanced sentence structures and the major features that define advanced Chinese; 2) practice formal writing about the different aspects of Chinese culture that interests you. This course helps students further solidify the foundation for their Chinese study at the next level either in another classroom setting or on their own. NOT open to native speakers. An optional course for Chinese Minor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CHI 301
  • CHI 341LEC Literary Chinese I
    Lecture

    A reading course on historical, philosophical, and literary works in the literary language of Wenyan by leading men of letters in classical China. An optional course for Chinese minor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • CHI 342LEC Literary Chinese II
    Lecture

    Continuation of CHI 341. A reading course on historical, philosophical, and literary works in the literary language of Wenyan by leading men of letters in classical China. An optional course for Chinese Minor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • CHI 371LEC Business Chinese
    Lecture

    Emphasizes speaking and listening skills in a business context. Uses reading and writing assignments extensively to enhance students' conversational skills, presentations and classroom discussions. Topics covered include the influence of traditional Chinese culture, such as Confucianism, Taoism, and military strategies, on the Chinese style of business negotiation and etiquette. Students also study current materials concerning China's business and trade organizations, regulations, and practices.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • CHI 372LEC Business Chinese
    Lecture

    Continuation of CHI 371. Emphasizes speaking and listening skills in a business context. Uses reading and writing assignments extensively to enhance students' conversational skills, presentations and classroom discussions. Topics covered include the influence of traditional Chinese culture, such as Confucianism, Taoism, and military strategies, on the Chinese style of business negotiation and etiquette. Students also study current materials concerning China's business and trade organizations, regulations, and practices.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • CHI 380LEC Chinese Tradition & Guanxi
    Lecture

    Continuation of CHI 280. Surveys major cultural and traditional elements that have influenced various aspects of contemporary Chinese life. Topics include Chinese philosophical ideals, religion, women, family, education, Chinese language and symbolic reference, literature and art in both traditional and modern China. This course is intended to introduce Chinese culture at its deep level or philosophical value of the Chinese culture. The correspondence with previous Chinese culture course CHI 280 is addressed. Taught in English; requires no knowledge of Chinese language. An optional course for Chinese Minor. This course is the same as AS 380 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • CHI 401LEC Readings On Chinese Culture and Customs
    Lecture

    An advanced vernacular Chinese (Baihua) language course with readings on daily life and customs in China today. In learning the language, students learn how a Chinese person would behave, think, and talk in various situations. Students also study and discuss the differences between Chinese and American social customs and behaviors (all in Chinese, of course). An informative course for a student whose future career may require close contact and association with China. An optional course for Chinese Minor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • CHI 402LEC Readings On Chinese Culture and Customs
    Lecture

    Continuation of CHI 401. An advanced vernacular Chinese (Baihua) language course with readings on daily life and customs in China today. In learning the language, students learn how a Chinese person would behave, think, and talk in various situations. Students also study and discuss the differences between Chinese and American social customs and behaviors (all in Chinese, of course). An informative course for a student whose future career may require close contact and association with China.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: CHI 401
  • CHI 410LEC Introduction to Chinese Linguistics
    Lecture

    This introductory course surveys various aspects of Chinese linguistics, including linguistic affiliation and dialectal classification of Standard Mandarin Chinese, its phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. The major topics to be covered are: (1) the sound system of Chinese; (2) Chinese word formation; (3) phrase structure and word order in Chinese; (4) tense and aspect in Chinese; and (5) information structure and discourse. Taught in both English and Chinese. An optional course for Chinese Minor. Crosslisted/co-meet with CHI 510

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • CHI 430LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Topic to be determined per the specialization of the instructor. An optional course for Chinese Minor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • CHI 490TUT Directed Readings in Chinese
    Tutorial

    Involves readings tailored to the individual needs and interests of students of advanced standing. An optional course for Chinese Minor.

    Credits: 2 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • CHI 494TUT Senior Capstone Course
    Tutorial

    Course for senior-level majors intended to provide a learning experience that integrates knowledge from lower-level courses. Topics may vary.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • CHI 496TUT Internship/Practicum
    Tutorial

    Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and organizations in Western New York and/or nationwide.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • CHI 498TUT Undergraduate Research
    Tutorial

    Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience provides students with an inquiry-based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in a research setting.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • CHI 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Allows students with some prior knowledge of Chinese to sit in courses, be involved in classroom activities, help tutor students taking lower level Chinese courses and help the instructors with some of the grading.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030
Ph: 716-645-2177
F: 716-645-3825
W: www.linguistics.buffalo.edu/programs/language
Jeff Good
Chair
Robert Hoeing
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Xuehong Lu
Director of Chinese Program

Complementary Programs

Published: October 05, 2018 09:47:27 AM