Faculty of Arts
Chinese Language and Literature
Offered As: Major Minor
URL: https://www.chinese.hku.hk/en/undergraduate/handbook/ https://www.chinese.hku.hk/en/undergraduate/handbook/
*Open to students of other Faculties:
Credits: 72 36
What is it about? The Programme features two key components: The “language” component focuses on the study and research of the Chinese language from the perspective of linguistics, while the “literature” component encompasses topics in classical and modern Chinese literature, literary theory, literary history, as well as creative writing. Courses are normally taught in Chinese.

The Programme provides students with the analytical skills to critically evaluate and appraise scholarly views on controversial issues in Chinese language and literature. The language courses provide students with an understanding of the structure and evolution of Chinese language, as well as its cognitive and social functions in communicative and interactional contexts. The literature courses enable students to read and interpret literary works of different periods and genres, to gain a sound knowledge in relevant intellectual development, and to develop an appreciation for the aesthetics encompassed in Chinese literature. Graduates of the Programme are not only equipped with a high proficiency in the Chinese language, but also have a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of subjects in Chinese studies.
Offering Faculty/ Department/ School/Institute School of Chinese

Pre-requisite requirements and/or other conditions for declaring the major/minor Major:
Pre-requisite course(s), Level 5 or above either in Chinese Language or Chinese Literature in HKDSE is required for admission:
Two pre-requisite courses (6 credits each):
- Chinese Language: CHIN1116 / 1117/ 1123/ 1127
- Chinese Literature: CHIN1103 / 1118 / 1119/ 1121/ 1126
Additional introductory credits of the respective major programme: 12
Credits required for the advanced course(s) excluding capstone: 42
Capstone: CHIN4101 (6 credits)
Total credits required: 72

Pre-requisite course(s), Level 5 or above either in Chinese Language or Chinese Literature in HKDSE is required for admission:
CHIN1103/1116/1117/1118/1119/1121/1123/1126/1127 (6 credits)
Additional introductory credits of the respective minor programme: 12
Credits required for the advanced course(s): 18
Total credits required: 36
Career opportunities The training is particularly relevant in careers like education and commerce, press and publishing, civil and community services.
For further information, please check with School of Chinese, Faculty or CEDARS (Careers & Placement)
Further information https://www.chinese.hku.hk/en/undergraduate/handbook/
Contact T: 3917 1199
E: chinese@hku.hk
* Note: Students pursuing curricula with major / minor programme(s) must complete at least one major programme from their home Faculties upon graduation. Disclaimer: The information mainly applies to students admitted in 2023-24 and thereafter. For students from different cohorts, the information is only for reference. Please check with Faculty/offering department for details. The pre-requisite requirements / conditions are subject to changes by Faculties from time to time, and students are advised to check with their Faculty Office in case of doubt.