UISFL 2016-2019 Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies:  Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development
Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program
The China Project

Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies:
Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development
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Mt. San Antonio College

Founded in 1945, Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) is the largest single-campus community college district in California. Located in the city of Walnut in eastern Los Angeles County, Mt. SAC serves a diverse population of more than 57,000 students annually, with almost one-third of students enrolled at the college full-time. Approximately 54% of students are female, and the majority of students (60%) are aged 24 or younger. Mt. SAC is both a federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPI) and is a recipient of a Title V: HSI grant and a Title III: AANAPISI grant, both from the U.S. Department of Education. The two largest ethnic groups at Mt. SAC are Hispanic (54.6%) and Asian (21.9%).  The college’s total student population is 87.8% minority.  Mt. SAC awarded over $71 million in financial aid to students in the most recent fiscal year, and the vast majority (72%) of students receive some form of financial aid to help pay for tuition, materials, and living costs.

 

Mt. SAC is a “Top 10 California Transfer College” and offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs.  Its partnerships with four-year colleges and universities, both public and private, play a critical role in Mt. SAC students’ transfer into BA degree programs. Notably, Mt. SAC’s World Language Department offers Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish courses. Mt. SAC offers beginning and intermediate, university-transferable Chinese language courses that include both verbal and written learning, taught by native speakers in both English and Chinese. The college also offers courses that cover topics of relevance to Asia within the departments of History, Art, Art History, Political Science, and Philosophy.

 

While Mt. SAC offers four levels of Chinese language instruction, it does not currently offer any courses solely on Chinese history or culture to complement these courses. Planned course expansion offerings would include two courses on Chinese history from ancient to modern. Additionally, the Mt. SAC team would work to build either a certificate program or an Associate of Arts Transfer degree that will bring together the Chinese history and language classes as core program courses and offer an array of elective courses from classes that have, or will, infuse Chinese Studies into their curriculum.