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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:

Browse our course offerings.

Financial Support

Please read through these lists of numerous Prestigious Scholarship Opportunities (scroll down to "language study"), as well as study abroad scholarships (CIEE and IFSA-Butler) and travel grants.

Check out the annual Liberal Arts and Sciences $1,000 essay contest (typically due by January), the annual John Weidner Endowed Scholarship for Altruism (typically due by March), and the annual Corrine Welling Scholarship (typically due by April).

For international students, here's some advice and information on Scholarships and Grants set aside specifically for you.

If you encounter a short-term, unforeseen financial hardship or immediate expense that's impacting your academic success, please read about the Butler Emergency Assistance Fund.

Requirements for the Chinese Major

Download our Chinese major/minor packet. (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)
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)
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 major/minor packet. (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)
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

If the deadline to add a course for credit passes, it might still be possible to enroll in the Internship course during the same semester. In addition to signatures from the MLLC department chair and your primary advisor, please also acquire a retro-dated signature from the dean's office of your primary major.

Special Note for Business Majors

You can request that your three-credit Modern Languages Internship (overseen by a language instructor) count as one of the two required internships for all Lacy School of Business (LSB) majors. To make the request, please visit the LSB dean's office.

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
Indy Summer Experience

Badge for Butler's Indy Summer ExperienceThe Indy Summer Experience (ISE) program—coordinated by Butler's Internship and Career Services—offers you the chance to work and play in Indianapolis. You secure and complete an internship (or similar professional experience) with a local organization during the day and, in the evenings, participate in social and cultural events. This is a great opportunity to make Indy connections with employers, have fun around town, and spend the summer getting to know other Butler students.

For more information, please visit the Indy Summer Experience homepage.

Course Codes
CN 401 1 credit hour
CN 402 2 credit hours
CN 403 3 credit hours

 

Independent Study

Download our Independent Study procedures sheet. (PDF)

Steps to Pursue an Independent Study

You must complete all of the following:

  1. reach out to and convince any full-time MLLC faculty member (i.e., Instructor; Assistant, Associate, or full Professor) to be your Instructor
  2. write in full—yourself, with guidance from the Instructor, in English—a complete syllabus that includes all of the following:
    1. the topic of study
    2. a detailed description of the plan of study
    3. justification why you cannot complete these studies in a regular course
    4. full timeline for completion of work
    5. how the Independent Study will be evaluated
    6. bibliography of materials
    7. reasoning why this Independent Study is important to you
  3. present the proposed syllabus to the MLLC department chair, requesting their approval
  4. if approval is granted, ask our administrative specialist for a blue registration card—which is then completed by you (checking the box next to "Enroll student in a non-published class" and acquiring all needed signatures)—and turn it in to the registrar's office (JH 180)
Special Notes
  1. Independent Studies count as 300-level credit. Chinese and German students, as well as MLLC/Elementary Education double majors, can request in their proposal that the Independent Study be counted at the 400 level. The student must provide justification and have the recommendation of their Instructor. (Elementary Education majors spend a full year student-teaching, making it difficult for them to complete the 400-level courses offered.)
  2. Students can still enroll in an Independent Study after the “Last Day to Add” deadline. In this case, the academic advisor, the MLLC department chair, and the dean’s office of the student’s primary major must all sign and retro-date the registration blue card (before turning it into the registrar’s office).
Course Codes
CN 491 1 credit hour
CN 492 2 credit hours
CN 493 3 credit hours

 

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.

How to Declare a Major or Minor

How You Declare

To add/drop a major or minor, simply complete a “Program Change” paper form in the dean’s office of your primary major.

Why You Should

The sooner you declare a major or minor, the sooner you can ensure you're on track to complete all requirements.

Obtaining a Secondary Advisor

If your primary major lies outside of Modern Languages (MLLC), it's highly recommended that you contact our administrative specialist, requesting a secondary advisor in our department.

An MLLC advisor can help you find a selection of language courses that complements your other work being done at the University, as well as help you prepare for study abroad programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Orally communicate clearly in the target language on a variety of topics
  2. Articulate a cogent interpretation of a text regardless of cultures and centuries in the target language
  3. Clearly communicate in written form on a variety of topics in the target language
  4. Demonstrate intercultural awareness and competence: the ability to understand, relate to, and empathize with people from other cultures in the target languages

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 form (if the institution is within the U.S.; the form is located at that link under the first "Are you a Butler student interested in taking a course somewhere else over the summer?" dropdown menu) or study abroad approval form (if the institution is outside the U.S.; the form is available in the study abroad office, JH 133). 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.