Department of Chinese Studies 中文系


The Department of Chinese Studies introduced the Minor in Chinese Translation Programme to train students for the demands of translation in AY2014-15. The foundation training will provide students with the required theory and practice, and introduce them to the discipline, should they wish to continue their studies in translation at M.A. or Ph.D. level in future.

Minor in Chinese Translation

The programme aims at providing students with a good foundation in the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of Chinese translation. Students will be introduced to the history of translation and the theoretical issues in translation. They will learn the techniques of translating different genres ranging from news articles, business correspondents, advertisements, to legal contracts and literary works. They will be able to choose their own fields of specialisation in the project work and independent studies. Students who graduate from the programme should have a good overall understanding of the theoretical issues and know-how of translating different genres. They should also be competentin their own areas of specialization.

To enhance their Chinese language ability and knowledge on the subject, students taking Chinese Translation as a minor are encouraged to consider taking Chinese Studies (CH) as a major.

Programme Structure

Module (4 MCs each) x 2 = 8 MCs Elective Modules = 16 MCs
  • CL2280
  • CL2281
Minimum modules to be taken in NUS:
8 MCs at SEP partner universities

*Subject to department's approval for the mapping of translation modules

*Chinese Studies (CH) major students taking the Minor in Chinese Translation, a maximum of 8 MCs may be double-counted towards both the CH major requirements and the Minor

To Note (Cohort 2016 and after)

  1. Students are allowed to read level-4000 CH modules subject to department approval.
  2. A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.
  3. CL2121,CL2241 and CL3221 will not be applicable for Cohort 2016 onwards

*All modules are offered as electives for students from other departments/programmes. Not all modules are necessarily available in any given year.


  • Semester I: August – November/December
  • Semester II: January – April
  • Special Term 1: (optional) May- June
  • Special Term 2: (optional) June-July


Please refer to the teaching schedule here (Current students-> Undergraduates->modules offered).

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