Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- September 30, 2002
Cal State L.A. Offers New B.A. Degree in Chinese
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State
University, Los Angeles announces a new Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese
being offered this Fall Quarter 2002.
This new B.A. in Chinese will provide students who are interested in
language, linguistics, literature, and culture with the skills necessary
to teach in secondary schools, to work in intercultural businesses,
or to pursue graduate studies in higher education.
The degree curriculum covers a wide range of subjects, including Chinese
language, film, prose, fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, intellectual
thought, and civilization. Courses are designed to address the needs
of nonnative and heritage speakers of Chinese. Further proficiency in
the language can be acquired through the CSU International Program and
learning opportunities in the local Chinese communities.
Chinese language majors can also benefit from enjoyable learning activities
on campus, such as the annual Chinese Poetry Recitation Contest, the
Guest Lecture Series, and special educational programs from China. Last
year, members of the Chinese Olympic gymnastics team visited Cal State
According to Qingyun Wu, coordinator of the Chinese B.A. Program at
Cal State L.A., the teaching of Chinese in local elementary and secondary
schools has stimulated student interest in Chinese at the university
level. Cal State L.A.—a college with a large and rapidly growing
Chinese student population—is an ideal setting for students to
fulfill this academic aspiration. The University is also conveniently
located near several Chinese communities in the neighborhoods of Chinatown,
Alhambra, Monterey Park, El Monte, Pasadena, and San Marino.
Mr. Major Tsai, chairman of Ideal Reality, recently presented the Chinese
Studies Center at Cal State L.A. a $500 scholarship that will be awarded
annually to a student who is pursuing a B.A. degree in Chinese. Tsai
has been supporting student scholarships, guest lectures, and the annual
Chinese poetry recitation contests at Cal State L.A. for over a decade.
Additionally, Ms. Monique Wu, president of the Association for Chinese
Cultural and Ethical Education in American, will be contributing a $200
scholarship per year.
For more information on earning a B.A. in Chinese, contact Hildebrando
Villareal, chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Cal
State L.A., (323) 343-4230, or Qingyun Wu, coordinator, Chinese B.A.
Program, Cal State L.A., at (323) 343-4242.
Contact: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director, (323)