Chinese (CN)

The program in Chinese is offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures. Studying 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, as the largest trading nation in the world, China plays a major role in the global economy. Students with an interest in global business can pair Chinese language study with a major in International Business with Language and Culture.

Students are also strongly encouraged to explore the Asian Studies interdisciplinary major-minor program.

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