Chinese Studies Program

Chinese Studies grew out of The University of Tulsa’s recognition of the urgency for cross-cultural dialogue within an increasingly global community. Spanning language, literature, philosophy, political science, history, economics, business, anthropology, media and translation studies, this interdisciplinary major can be taken as a second major or minor in combination with other disciplines such as geoscience, engineering, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science, psychology and film studies.

The program’s mission is to equip students with uniquely integrated skills to pursue international careers and lead future intellectual exchange.

Innovative Teaching

Studying Chinese classics proves to be more effective in upper level language than artificially simplified passages in textbooks. Exploration of original excerpts that exemplify linguistic complexity and cultural authenticity enables students to appreciate the beauty of Chinese and enhance their understanding of China.

Transcultural Movement

Intensive, guided interaction between native and non-native speakers yields thorough and rapid mutual improvement in competent speaking, responsive listening, critical thinking and powerful writing.

Interdisciplinary Approach

The distinct educational backgrounds of the faculty characterize their teaching and research as they encourage students to pursue a versatile education. By pairing Chinese Studies with other academic interests, the program becomes more integrative and holistic.

Global Engagement

Coordinating with the Center for Global Education, the faculty evaluates study abroad opportunities in diverse Chinese-speaking areas and advises students on a case-by-case basis. They are expanding productive collaboration at the departmental, college and university levels with partners worldwide.

  • Program Objectives

    Students will:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in Chinese language, literature, philosophy, and media that aid in effective cross-cultural communication;
    2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in additional disciplines (anthropology, economics, history, international business, political science, translation studies, etc.) that deepen cross-cultural comprehension;
    3. Demonstrate competence and creativity in integrating varied disciplines to explore current issues; demonstrate critical thinking, initiative, and resourcefulness in leading future intellectual exchange.
  • Typical Four Year Schedule
    FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTER FRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
    Beginning Chinese I Beginning Chinese II
    2nd major course or Elective  2nd major course or Elective
    Exposition and Argumentation First Seminar
    Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative Experience Block III – Scientific Investigation
    Freshman Experience Contemporary Mathematics 
    SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTER SOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
    Intermediate Chinese I Intermediate Chinese II
    Reform and Revolution in Modern China  Modern Chinese Poetry and Prose
    2nd major course or Elective  2nd major course or Minor
    Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative Experience  Block II – Historical & Social Interpretation 
    Block II – Historical & Social Interpretation Block III – Scientific Investigation 
    JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTER JUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
    Topics in Chinese Literature and Culture Study Abroad (Chinese Studies Elective)
    Introduction to the Chinese Economy  Study Abroad (Chinese Studies Elective)
    2nd major course or Minor Study Abroad (Chinese Studies Elective)
    2nd major course or Minor Study Abroad (Chinese or 2nd major course)
    2nd major course or Elective Study Abroad (Chinese or 2nd major course)
    SENIOR – FALL SEMESTER SENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
    Topics in Chinese Media  Microblogging
    Block II – Historical & Social Interpretation Senior Project
    2nd major course or Elective Block II – Historical & Social Interpretation 
    2nd major course or Elective 2nd major course or Elective
    2nd major course or Elective 2nd major course or Elective
  • Degree

    Chinese Studies, B.A.

    An interdisciplinary program drawing from the disciplines of political science, history, literature and language, business, and economics to prepare students for a variety of professional careers and academic programs related to China.

  • Contact the Director

    Chinese Studies program Director and Wellspring Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature Helen Zhang.