Chinese Joint B.A./M.A. Program

The joint B.A./M.A. degree in Chinese/Asian Languages recognizes the need for master’s-level training upon entering the job market in a variety of sectors that call for highly advanced proficiency in the Chinese language, knowledge of the culture of China and its literature, and the skills acquired by B.A. and M.A. graduates in the humanities: research, analysis, interpretation, translation, communication. The degree gives highly motivated B.A. students the opportunity to earn an M.A. degree using an accelerated undergraduate program in combination with a fifth year of study. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.25 to apply to the program and should have completed all of their MAPS/Core requirements by the end of their sophomore year. No GRE is required. Application is open only to CU-Boulder students. Students must complete a written application (application forms are available in the department office), which will include a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation, at least one from a full-time member of the Chinese faculty, by September 1 of their junior year (or, in exceptional circumstances, during a student's senior year).


The joint B.A./M.A. degree requires 147 hours (117 undergraduate and 30 graduate) of coursework. That is, one graduate course counts toward the B.A. as well as toward the M.A. Students need to achieve grades of 3.0 or above in all degree courses in the B.A/M.A. program, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0.


Undergraduate Courses 
Students complete requirements for the undergraduate Chinese degree, but may substitute a graduate seminar on literature for one undergraduate literature course.


Graduate Courses 
CHIN 5010 Sinological Methods (required and taken in the fourth year) and either Plan I or Plan II (thesis option). Students are strongly advised to pursue Plan I; consent of both the undergraduate and graduate director is required to take the thesis option.


Plan I 
In Plan I, any nine of the following 5000-level courses (three taken in the fourth year, six taken in the fifth year):

CHIN 5030

Readings in Premodern Chinese Literary Theory

CHIN 5040

History of the Chinese Language

CHIN 5160

Advanced Classical Chinese

CHIN 5210

Ancient Prose

CHIN 5220

Ancient Poetry

CHIN 5230

History of Early Chinese Thought

CHIN 5280

Topics in Ancient Literature

CHIN 5410

Medieval Prose

CHIN 5420

Medieval Poetry

CHIN 5430

Medieval Thought and Religion

CHIN 5480

Topics in Medieval Literature

CHIN 5610

Early Modern Prose

CHIN 5620

Early Modern Poetry

CHIN 5630

Early Modern Fiction

CHIN 5680

Topics in Early Modern Literature

CHIN 5810

Modern Literature

CHIN 5820

Contemporary Literature

CHIN 5830

History of Chinese Film

CHIN 5880

Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature

CHIN 5890

Topics in Chinese Film

Plus any 4000-level or 5000-level course(s) from another department for which the student has the consent of the undergraduate advisor and the graduate director (maximum of 3 courses).


Plan II

For Plan II, any seven courses listed under Plan I (three taken in the fourth year, four taken in the fifth year), and CHIN 6900 Master's Thesis (6 credits).


For additional questions, please contact the Chinese Graduate Advisor, Antje Richter.