Chinese Language and Culture Minor

Shanghai, China skyline at night

Chinese is spoken by nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, including by over one billion people as their native language. Studying Chinese will prepare you for future opportunities and challenges involving the greater China region and its people, economically, socially and politically. If you’re interested in learning Chinese, you will gain a window into the history and culture of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, with roots extending more than 6,000 years.

As faculty in this program, we believe learning Chinese is best accomplished when students are engaged in fun, exciting and rewarding experiences. We provide an interactive-learning environment to encourage exploration of Chinese as a language. The program’s goal is not only to teach Chinese language skills, but also to provide deep guidance in the cultural background, thinking and behavior of the Chinese people.

Our program offers language courses with advanced teaching methods, cultural background and cutting-edge instructional materials and technology. Beginner or intermediate students develop proficiency in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and word processing in Mandarin Chinese.

The program also encourages (i) participation in English-language-based courses in Chinese culture to enrich students’ knowledge of Chinese history, philosophy and culture; and (ii) participation in study abroad programs, including faculty-led summer programs and the semester programs in China.

Students may combine a minor in Chinese with a major or minor in Asian studies and other numerous fields.