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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

China Chengdu

Semester: Fall, Full year
Offered: Annually
Program Focus: General Culture


CHIN 102. A “B” or better in the language. 3.0 cumulative GPA required                     

Campus Contact:

Keith Dede
Professor of Chinese

ext. 7445

Susan Glosser
Associate Professor of History and Program Director, Asian Studies

ext. 7488

Program Design:
Housed in Sichuan University in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, the program is coordinated through Pacific Lutheran University’s Wang Center, which sends a faculty member to accompany the students. The program includes an orientation tour prior to arriving in Chengdu, courses on contemporary culture and society, and field trips to rural Sichuan, including areas with primarily ethnic minority inhabitants.

This program engages students in the various cultures of China as an integral part of the
required courses that explore Chinese culture and the minority experience. Students are first introduced to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall in Beijing and then take an overnight train to Xi’an whose famous Terracotta Warriors and Wild Goose Pagoda are a reminder of China’s prominence in the world as the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. Finally, students fly into Chengdu, home to China’s pandas and a sizable Tibetan minority population, and prepare for their semester of study at Sichuan University. While in Chengdu, students engage with local communities through study tours to rural farms, local villages and nearby monuments such as Qingchengshan Daoist Mountain. In October,
students visit a Tibetan Region for a week of discovery to explore Buddhist temples, and shrines, a culture vastly different than that of China’s ethnic Han majority.

Full Year Participation:
After successful completion of this program you may be eligible to participate on one of our other language intensive programs. It is your responsibility to contact Keith Dede before registration for spring semester to determine your eligibility to continue on one of our other programs.  Participation during second program entails participation in the January Term program in Beijing immediately after completing the fall semester.

Application Process:
This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary, or program sponsor, application, and will receive a separate notification letter from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these again to PLU or you will need to re-write the essays.  Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

Requirements Fulfilled:
Fulfills the overseas study requirement for the Asian Studies major, the World Language major (with Chinese as primary language), and the Chinese minor.

18 credits, please see below

18 credits, as follows:

Fall Required Courses (10-14 credits)

CHIN 101/102/201/202/350 (C - 4-8 credits) Chinese Language

CHSP 350 (SO - 4 credits) Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society
CHSP 350 (2 credits) Western China: The Rural and Minority Experience

Electives (up to 7 credits)
ARTD 387 (AR - 4 credits) Transformations of Perspectives
HIST 339 (3 credits) The 20th Century History of China
POLS 387 (3 credits) Chinese Politics: Historical Ideas to Contemporary Realities
POLS 332 (3 credits) Sino-American Relations
RELI 350 (3 credits) Daoism & Traditional Chinese Culture
ECON 350 (3 credits) Economics of Development in China

NOTE: Business, Calligraphy and Taiji/Martial Arts classes will not be accepted for credit.

China, Chengdu

30.664008; 104.070989