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Minor in Global China Studies

JI offers a minor in Global China Studies to help students understand China from a global perspective, as well as to understand China’s role in the global world.

This minor will include two tracks: one for international students and one for domestic students. A minimum of 16 credits of courses are required for non-native Chinese speakers, and a minimum of 14 credits of courses for native Chinese speakers.

Track one: for non-native Chinese speakers (16 credits)

-      Core (required) Course (3 credits):

Introduction to China Studies (3 credits)

-      Chinese Language (Up to 6 credits)

Up to 6 credits in Chinese Language (level 3 and/or above)

-      At least 7 credits of Elective courses in Chinese Culture selected from the following list

• VR102. Chinese History in Global Perspective. (3 credits)

• VR203. Food in Modern East Asian History. (4 credits)

• VR206. China in the Early Modern World. (4 credits)

• VR265. Introduction to Chinese Philosophy: Understanding Contemporary through Ancient China. (3 credits)

• VR258. The History of Modern China’s Foreign Relations. (4 credits)

• VR259. Memory: A New Approach to China’s 20th Century History. (4 credits)

• More courses may be added to this list with prior approval

Track two: for native Chinese speakers (14 credits)

-     Core (required) Course (3 credits):

Introduction to China Studies (3 credits)

-     At least 11 credits of Elective courses in Chinese Culture selected from the following list, up to 4 credits could be taken from other schools at SJTU (with the permission of the minor program advisor):

• VR102. Chinese History in Global Perspective. (3 credits)

• VR203. Food in Modern East Asian History. (4 credits)

• VR206. China in the Early Modern World. (4 credits)

• VR265. Introduction to Chinese Philosophy: Understanding Contemporary through Ancient China. (3 credits)

• VR258. The History of Modern China’s Foreign Relations. (4 credits)

• VR259. Memory: A New Approach to China’s 20th Century History. (4 credits)

• More courses may be added to this list with prior approval

Eligibility:

- Sophomore standing and above

- Having declared a major

- In good academic standing

If planned well in advance of the senior year, the program should not add to the credits required for a bachelor’s degree at JI. A student should receive a grade of C or better for all the courses required for the minor. The Minor in Global China Studies should be declared before graduation. Transfer credits are acceptable for the Elective courses. No credits may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor. No credits may be double counted for a minor and an undergraduate research certificate.