Asian Languages and Cultures / Undergraduate Study

Chinese BA

Learning Outcomes

The Chinese major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Advanced ability to speak, read, and write modern Chinese
  • Demonstrated competence in reading classical Chinese
  • Broad knowledge of Chinese cultural, religious, and/or literary history from early periods to the modern era
  • Demonstrated disciplinary familiarity in analysis of texts, objects, and historical trends
  • Clear and effective writing on topics in Chinese civilization, in ways that draw upon the complex dynamics and cultural transformations across the history of China
  • Formulation of research projects that engage critically and thoughtfully with primary and secondary materials

Preparation for the Major

Required: Chinese 6 or 6A or 10 or equivalent, and one course from 50, M60, M60W, 70, 70W, or Asian 30.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Chinese major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: two years of Chinese and one Chinese civilization course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Eleven courses as follows: (1) five language courses selected from either modern Chinese (Chinese 100A and 100B and 100C or 100I, 101A, 101B, 102A, C107A, C120, 130A or 130B, 135) or from premodern Chinese (110A, 110B, 110C, 140A through 140D, 165) — at least two language courses must be in the premodern language or texts, (2) one literature course selected from 130A, 130B, 131, 135, 140A through 140D, C150A, C150B, 151, 152, or M153, (3) three elective courses on China selected from C138, 139, 154, 155, C156, CM160, 165, 174, C175, 176, 180, 184, 185, 186, 187, 191A, 191B, or from items 1 and 2 above not used to fulfill another requirement, and (4) two additional upper-division elective courses within the department but outside China.