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Chinese

Students in China

With over 730 million speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the most-used language in the world. And in today’s globalized economy, China has risen to rival the United States for superpower status.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers you a Chinese major and minor that intensively explore all aspects of the Mandarin dialect, the Simplified Chinese Character System of writing, and Pinyin—all while exposing you to the rich literatures, cultures, and business climates of China and Chinese American communities.

Led by native speakers, our Chinese program supports interdisciplinary study with many other Butler departments, programs, and colleges, including BusinessInternational Studies, History and Anthropology, Global and Historical Studies (GHS)Communication, Pharmacy, and the fine arts.

Join us and take advantage of:

  • A six-week summer internship program in Shanghai, coordinated by Butler’s Center for Global Education (CGE)
  • A four-week, summer intensive Chinese Language and Culture program, in which students spend three weeks at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, as well as time in Beijing and Xi’an
  • The Consortium partnership with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), with intensive, high-advanced level Chinese courses
  • Support in pursuing an eight-month-long, Fulbright Award-supported semester in China, guided by Butler’s Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement (CHASE)
  • Use of Butler’s student Modern Language Center (MLC) and its wealth of movies, technology, tutoring, and lounge areas

Check out our course offerings.

Check out numerous Prestigious Scholarship Opportunities (scroll down to "language study") and study abroad grants.

Requirements for the Chinese Major

Download our Chinese major info sheet. (PDF)

Overview

The Chinese major consists of a minimum 33 credit hours overall.

You'll need at least 24 credits of Chinese Language and at least nine credits in approved electives.

Students who major in Chinese normally include study abroad in their programs.

For Core Curriculum requirements, please visit the Core Curriculum website.​

Chinese Language Courses
  • CN 100, Chinese Character Writing (1)
  • CN 101, Beginning Chinese 1 (4)
  • CN 102, Beginning Chinese 2 (4)
  • CN 200, Chinese Conversation (1)
  • CN 203, Intermediate Chinese 1 (4)
  • CN 204, Intermediate Chinese 2 (4)
  • CN 300, Chinese for Oral Communication (3, Speaking Across the Curriculum when designated)
  • CN 305, Advanced Chinese 1 (3)
  • CN 306, Advanced Chinese 2 (3)
  • CN 310, Chinese for Written Communication (3)
  • CN 315, Chinese for Business (3)
  • CN 401, Internship in Chinese (1)
  • CN 402, Internship in Chinese (2)
  • CN 403, Internship in Chinese (3)
  • CN 491, Independent Study (1)
  • CN 492, Independent Study (2)
  • CN 493, Independent Study (3)
  • CN 499, Honors in Thesis in Chinese (3)
  • Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program (3/4, depending upon year)
Electives
  • CN 401, Internship in Chinese (1)
  • CN 402, Internship in Chinese (2)
  • CN 403, Internship in Chinese (3)
  • CN 491, Independent Study (1)
  • CN 492, Independent Study (2)
  • CN 493, Independent Study (3)
  • CN 499, Honors in Thesis in Chinese (3)
  • FL 320, Chinese Civilization (in English) (3)
  • FL 390, Seminar (in English) (3)
  • FL 480, Topics: Chinese Studies (in English) (3)
  • HST 305, Topics in History: Youth and Revolution in Modern China (3)
  • HST 371, Modern China (3)
  • HST 373, China and the World (3)
  • PO 380, Frenemies: Understanding U.S.–China Relations (3)
  • RL 391, Seminar on Religion and World (Topics) (1)
  • Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program (3/4, depending upon year)

Other Courses
  • FL 499, Senior Keystone (1, in English; pass/fail; encouraged for all minors; does not count toward major)
  • GHS 205, Global and Historical Studies (GHS): East Asian Interactions (3, Core—does not count toward major)

NOTE: Requirements for incoming students may not reflect the degree requirements of current students.

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion. However, students are welcome to consult the Modern Languages department chair, who determines program completion confirmation.

Requirements for the Chinese Minor

Download our Chinese minor info sheet. (PDF)

Overview

The Chinese minor consists of 21 hours in approved courses.

At least 12 of these hours must be at the 300 level or above.

Students who minor in Chinese normally include study abroad in their programs.  

Courses Offered
  • CN 100, Chinese Character Writing (1)
  • CN 101, Beginning Chinese 1 (4)
  • CN 102, Beginning Chinese 2 (4)
  • CN 200, Chinese Conversation (1)
  • CN 203, Intermediate Chinese 1 (4)
  • CN 204, Intermediate Chinese 2 (4)
  • CN 300, Chinese for Oral Communication (3, Speaking Across the Curriculum when designated)
  • CN 305, Advanced Chinese 1 (3)
  • CN 306, Advanced Chinese 2 (3)
  • CN 310, Chinese for Written Communication (3)
  • CN 315, Chinese for Business (3)
  • CN 401, Internship in Chinese (1)
  • CN 402, Internship in Chinese (2)
  • CN 403, Internship in Chinese (3)
  • CN 491, Independent Study (1)
  • CN 492, Independent Study (2)
  • CN 493, Independent Study (3)
  • CN 499, Honors in Thesis in Chinese (3)
  • FL 320, Chinese Civilization (in English) (3)
  • FL 390, Seminar (in English) (3)
  • FL 480, Topics: Chinese Studies (in English) (3)
  • HST 305, Topics in History: Youth and Revolution in Modern China (3)
  • HST 371, Modern China (3)
  • HST 373, China and the World (3)
  • PO 380, Frenemies: Understanding U.S.–China Relations (3)
  • RL 391, Seminar on Religion and World (Topics) (1)
  • Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program (3/4, depending upon year)

Other Courses
  • FL 499, Senior Keystone (1, in English; pass/fail; encouraged for all minors; does not count toward minor)
  • GHS 205, Global and Historical Studies (GHS): East Asian Interactions (3, Core—does not count toward minor)

NOTE: Requirements for incoming students may not reflect the degree requirements of current students.

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion. However, students are welcome to consult the Modern Languages department chair, who determines program completion confirmation.

Internships

Pre-professional experiences—both in the U.S. and abroad—are vital for résumés and applications. From a liberal arts perspective, experiential education offers time for self assessment and reflection.

Local internships have included the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, the Christian Neighborhood Legal Clinic, Salesforce, and Indianapolis Public Schools.

Steps to Pursue a Language Internship

  1. Find an internship. Helpful resources: butler.edu/ics and ascendindiana.com/connect
  2. Consult with a full-time MLLC faculty member on the internship and how many credits it might be worth; ask them to be your instructor (typically, per credit hour, a student spends a combined 42 hours on site and doing reflection work)
  3. Apply for the internship
  4. While awaiting a decision on your application, draft a syllabus (with your instructor), attaching a completed LAS academic internship contract
  5. Submit the syllabus, contract, and a blue registration card (from our administrative specialist) to the MLLC department chair for their approval and signature
  6. If accepted into the internship, complete the University student internship agreement form (with signatures from both your instructor and on-site supervisor) and turn it into our administrative specialist
  7. Then, obtain any remaining needed signatures on your blue registration card and take it to the registrar’s office (Jordan Hall 133); note: it may take up to two weeks for the internship course to appear in my.butler and Moodle
More Info from Butler's Internship and Career Services

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Please visit butler.edu/ics and click “Internship and Job Search Resources” in the main body for the following:

  • internship databases
  • a professional guide to success
  • job data
  • a calendar of networking events
More Info from Ascend Indiana

Logo for Ascend IndianaButler has partnered with Ascend to help you find internships and jobs:

  1. visit ascendindiana.com/connect and introduce yourself
  2. receive an invite for a 1:1 meeting with Ascend when the right opportunities are available
  3. choose a time to discuss your career interests and passions with Ascend
  4. explore their network and connect with top Indiana employers

Honor Society

Phi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma Iota, the international Foreign Language Honor Society, recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture, as well as Classics, Linguistics, Philology, Comparative Literature, Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition, and other interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language component.

Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. There are approximately 180 chapters at institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and at American University in Paris, France.

Requirements:

  1. Junior or senior undergraduate student of foreign languages
  2. Have already completed at least one course at the third year
  3. GPA within all foreign language courses of at least 3.0*
  4. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  5. Rank in the highest third of your class in general scholarship

Outstanding foreign language faculty members at college and universities are also eligible. New members are typically inducted each March or April.

Any questions, please contact faculty advisor Professor of French Dr. Sylvie Vanbaelen.

* = For help with this, please see the "Calculate the GPA Within Your Major" section on our Departmental Honors webpage.

Declaring a Major or Minor

How You Declare

To make a program change (i.e., adding/dropping majors and minors), you simply need to complete a “Program Change” paper form.

You can obtain one in any of the dean’s offices or Butler’s Learning Resource Center (LRC, Jordan Hall 136).

Why You Should

Many students choose a Modern Languages major or minor to augment other academic programs.

Employers, schools, and service organizations value the strong communication, reasoning, and collaboration skills cultivated by studying languages and other cultures.

Recent graduates often combined one or more languages with Anthropology, Arts AdministrationBiology, Business, Chemistry, Education, History, International Studies, Media Production, Pharmacy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and the Performing Arts.

Obtaining a Secondary Advisor

If your primary major lies outside of Modern Languages, you should seek an informal advisor in Modern Languages to help ensure that you're satisfying MLLC program requirements.

Your MLLC advisor will also help you find a selection of language courses that complements the work being done in other majors/minors, as well as help you prepare for study abroad programs.

Requesting a language advisor can be done by contacting the MLLC administrative specialist or MLLC department chair.

Transferring In Another University's Credits While a Student at Butler

For outside credits to transfer into Butler, you must see the appropriate faculty member to obtain Butler course equivalencies (if any).

As soon as possible, please bring this faculty member a syllabus and/or description for each course you have/will have completed, along with the appropriate transfer credit request (if the institution is within the U.S.) or study abroad approval (if the institution is outside the U.S.) form. If you're not certain how to enroll at the other institution, the registrar's office can help you.

All courses must be completed with a "C-" or better.

Special Notes
  1. Please leave the transfer form's Butler equivalency spaces blank.
  2. If the syllabus is written in a language that we do not offer at Butler, please obtain a translation of as much of it as possible.
  3. If you have not already completed a Butler course in the language, you may need to establish your placement level at the other institution. Please contact their appropriate language department about this process.
  4. Only one, approved language course from another institution may be completed online.
  5. If the course(s) will be completed during your final 30 hours at Butler, you'll need to also obtain the "permission to intrude" form from the registrar's office.
  6. Only Butler faculty can teach 400-level language courses.

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What Bulldogs Dream, We Do

Eshan Pua

Chinese Major Alumna Eshan Pua

Eshan Pua grew up in a Chinese-speaking household and lived in the Philippines and Malaysia before coming to the United States at age 8. “But, I did not know how to read or write Chinese,” she said.

At Butler, Pua studied Communication Sciences and Disorders, as preparation for a graduate degree in speech language pathology. She also took several Chinese courses, leading to her to declare an Individualized Major in Chinese Language and Culture.

In 2013, Pua received a national Fulbright-Hays scholarship that she used for eight months of study in China, including an internship with Xi’an High Technology Industries there.

Also, Chinese program coordinator Xiaoqing Liu, PhD helped Pua arrange a summer study abroad trip to China through the Confucius Institute at Butler's Consortium partner IUPUI. She interacted with students at Sun-Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, studied at historical sites, and served as an aide at an orphanage.

Many of the orphans Pau met had disabilities that affected their communication. She envisioned assisting them as a speech language pathologist (SLP). According to Pua, SLP training in the different Chinese dialects is challenging.

A clear understanding and knowledge of the Chinese language and culture, merged with professional training, has equipped me to practice speech language pathology successfully in China. —Eshan Pua

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Learn a Language With Us. Take On the World.

Study at Butler and you'll broaden your global perspectives, traveling abroad for immersive language and cultural studies, and engaging with active polylingual and multicultural communities here in Indianapolis.

Modern Languages Flickr AccountCheck out pictures documenting students' adventures in our department’s Flickr account.

Have pictures of your own?

Each year our student Modern Language Center (MLC) collects submissions for a photo contest, for which winning entries get framed and displayed in the MLC, and small gifts are awarded to the photos’ owners.

Each year’s entries are typically due by April. More information can be found on the MLC's webpage.

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Liberal Arts Core Values

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mission StatementWe are proud to be part of Butler's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), working every day to infuse your education with the best the Humanities have to offer.

The College's faculty have put into writing how we intend to do so.

Read our LAS Core Values in English.

Read our LAS Core Values in Chinese.

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Questions?

Contact our MLLC faculty members anytime.