Chinese (CHNS)

Subject-area course lists indicate courses currently active for offering at the University of Louisville. Not all courses are scheduled in any given academic term. For class offerings in a specific semester, refer to the Schedule of Classes.

500-level courses generally are included in both the undergraduate- and graduate-level course listings; however, specific course/section offerings may vary between semesters. Students are responsible for ensuring that they enroll in courses that are applicable to their particular academic programs.

Course Fees

Some courses may carry fees beyond the standard tuition costs to cover additional support or materials. Program-, subject- and course-specific fee information can be found on the Office of the Bursar website.


CHNS 101. Elementary Chinese I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: For beginners. Introduction to fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese, including pronunciation, grammar, and some Chinese characters, with emphasis on all four basic language skills - speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

CHNS 102. Elementary Chinese II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 101 or equivalent.

Description: Continued work on fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese, including pronunciation, grammar, and additional Chinese characters, with emphasis on all four basic language skills - speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

CHNS 200. Study Abroad1-15 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Participation in a University of Louisville study abroad program or another program undertaken with prior approval of the Department. Credit is awarded with proof of successful completion.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

CHNS 201. Intermediate Chinese I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 102 or equivalent.

Description: Designed to strengthen communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar review, mastery of 500 Chinese characters; insights into China, its language and culture.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

CHNS 202. Intermediate Chinese II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 201 or equivalent.

Description: Continued work on communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Mastery of additional signs; insights into China, its language and culture.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

CHNS 300. Study Abroad1-15 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Participation in a University of Louisville study abroad program or another program undertaken with prior approval of the department. Credit is awarded with proof of successful completion.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

CHNS 301. Advanced Intermediate Chinese I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Completion of CHNS 202 or equivalent.

Description: Increase ability to read, write, speak and understand Chinese. Learn new characters and master use of a Chinese-English dictionary.

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CHNS 302. Advanced Intermediate Chinese II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): Completion of CHNS 301 or equivalent.

Description: Emphasis on four language skills continues. Mastery of up to 800 Chinese characters; learn new words from context and character combinations.

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CHNS 311. Independent Study3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 202 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor.

Description: Independent study in Chinese language, literature and culture.

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CHNS 321. Chinese Conversation I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 202 or equivalent.

Description: The course is designed to help students achieve an intermediate level of communication through practicing Chinese while discussing a variety of topics.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

CHNS 322. Chinese Conversation II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 321 or equivalent.

Description: The course is designed to help students achieve an advanced intermediate level of communication through practicing Chinese while discussing a variety of topics.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

CHNS 455. Advanced Readings in Chinese I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 302 or permission of the instructor.

Description: Enhances the student's ability to read and understand modern written Chinese by examining authentic literary and non-literary texts.

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CHNS 456. Advanced Readings in Chinese II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 455 or permission of the instructor.

Description: Continuation of CHNS 455.

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CHNS 551. Special Topics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 456 (or equivalent), or permission of the instructor.

Description: The course aims at bridging the gap between students advanced skills of spoken Chinese and their understanding of the complexity of advanced written Chinese.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes