The department offers a three-year language and culture program in Chinese. We welcome and encourage students majoring in other disciplines to minor in Chinese. The Chinese minor provides solid language training and substantial cultural knowledge needed to enter China-related careers in such fields as higher education, government, international relations, business, or arts.
The minor combines core Mandarin Chinese language coursework with additional elective work related to Chinese culture. The total number of credits to complete the minor is 21. Please see the university undergraduate catalog.
Why Study Chinese?
Chinese civilization of 6000 years is one of the oldest and richest
in the world. Chinese is the language spoken by the largest population
in the world. Chinese is one of the few languages which remain
pictographic. Chinese calligraphy is a form of art. Chinese is named
one of the four "crucial languages" for Americans. With the
largest population and the fastest growing economy, China has among
the greatest potential as a market for U.S. goods. Thus taking Chinese
not only satisfies a language requirement but it could be the greatest
asset to anyone's career background.