Chinese (CN)

Confucius Classroom Instructors: L. Ke, X. Liu

The program in Chinese is offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures. See general information about the department. Studying the Chinese language helps develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, but that is only the beginning of its benefits. Courses in Chinese open a window onto one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. Students learn about Chinese history, cultural values, philosophical and religious beliefs, and aesthetic traditions, including the art of Chinese calligraphy.

Chinese is currently spoken by nearly one-fifth of the world’s population. Since China is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Chinese is also an official U.N. language. Moreover, China plays a major role in the global economy that is likely to continue expanding. China is the largest trading nation in the world, plays a very important role in international trade, and also has a close economic relationship with the United States. In short, a knowledge of Chinese promotes an appreciation and understanding of China’s past and present while also equipping students to deal with its future.

Independent study courses are available to students who have completed advanced-level courses. Students are strongly encouraged to explore the East Asian Studies interdisciplinary major-minor program. Students who may be interested in a self-designed minor in Chinese language should consult with the coordinator of the Chinese language program and/or the CMLC department chair. (Permission of the appropriate associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is also required.)

Students are also encouraged to participate in study-abroad programs and should consult early on with the coordinator or the Chinese language program and/or the department chair, and also with the Center for Global Education.