Chinese Studies

Minor in Chinese Studies

The minor in Chinese Studies is for students who want to improve their understanding of China, one of the most dynamic and fascinating areas of the modern world. Given the global importance of China, the language skills and cultural understanding acquired though the minor will be of value to students interested in a broad range of subjects and professions from journalism, law, business, and government to history, the arts, and education.

By combining language study with an area study, Chinese Studies has two goals: to give students a substantial introduction to the Chinese language and to introduce students to Chinese cultures through the study of translated works in literature, history, religion, film, philosophy, art history, and sociology. While language acquisition is important to the understanding of a culture, the area study component introduces students to issues specific to China while they learn to contextualize these issues in the broader background of East Asian culture. This interdisciplinary minor draws from courses offered in other Lang divisions and across the university.

Undergraduate students from any school in the university can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select a minor from those offered by other schools, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. The minor in Chinese Studies requires completion of the following five (5) courses:

4 Chinese Language Courses *
1 Elective specific to China
Total Credits: 19-20

*Students already proficient in Chinese may, upon the recommendation of the Chinese language program coordinator, substitute elective courses for one or two advanced language courses.

Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect an academic minor. However, they can pursue a self-designed major with courses in Chinese Studies. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisor.